What's not to love about the seaside, especially if you're fortunate enough to glimpse at the coastlines of Devon & Cornwall?! You've got the bobbing fishing boats, maybe a wharf crammed with lobster pots & nets, slate-roofed houses, quintessential fish & chip shops lining the quay & shrill gulls wheeling overhead with some fine beaches nearby.
A beautiful choice for a Cornish seaside wedding, Mevagissey is a coastal gem on the South coast of Cornwall which boasts all of the above, being that extra bit special for having a working port.
Kim & Richard are one such pair of newly weds who exchanged their vows overlooking the same stretch of Atlantic ocean below them, having 'discovered' Mevagissey while they were performing in a local theatre, Richard being an extremely talented pianist and musical director, Kim being both an actress & dancer. Falling in love with this quaint village, Kim & Richard have holidayed back there on numerous occasions & could think of no better place to celebrate their wedding.
Polpier was the choice of wedding venue, a luxuriously restored manor house designed in 1892 by Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail. With stunning sea views, Polpier is an exclusive use, self-catering wedding venue in two acres of enclosed gardens overlooking the Mevagissey village on the Cornish Riviera. Here, you can choose three romantic locations for your wedding vows; the gazebo on the front lawn above the harbour, the elegant light filled drawing room, or the spacious main hall with a grand staircase for the bride’s big entrance.
With it being a blazing hot summer's day, the wedding ceremony was held on the front lawn, the gazebo & garden festooned with ribbons & balloons. The theme of customisation also ran into the house as well, truly embracing the blank canvas notion, with framed pictures of Kim & Richard placed in some of the rooms, painted pebbles & driftwood decorating the tables as well as R.S.V.P's hanging from the ceiling. All very creatively done, but I expected nothing less.
Vows were exchanged & witnessed by a small clutch of intimate friends and family who's colourful & vibrant attire showed gave away their vocations as musicians, dancers & other such folk you'd associate with the theatre. I've never seen such an immaculately-dressed wedding party with so many funky pairs of heels. The ceremony's artistic finishing flourish involved two of their friends performing a song about Kim which Richard had written! Suffice to say that both Kim & guests alike weren't prepared for the hilarity of the song, acknowledging quirks & habits I'm sure we can all empathise with.
After the ceremony, guests played parlour games on the lawn while Kim & Richard took a leisurely stroll through Mevagissey & onto the historic quay for some photos amongst the nets & boats, the lighthouse providing yet another charming, thematic backdrop to the day's events. Rejoining the fold as the afternoon wound on, everyone gathered back out on the lawn for the speeches- being distinctly heartfelt- the groom's brother sparing him from the usual seat squirming.
Paper lanterns were later lit by the wedding party, producing this delightful orange-honey glow, all released into the summer sky with thankfully very little wind!
Sounds idyllic, right? What could you do to possibly follow on from that? Well, luckily for Kim & Richard, Company B, an American G.I jive band from St. Austell, were performing in one of the pubs in the village, their drummer being one of their wedding guests! We all somehow managed to squeeze into the pub which was already stuffed to the gills & listen to this energetic, rowdy 7-piece band playing some top vintage music.