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A festival-themed wedding at Boconnoc House in Cornwall

A festival-themed wedding at Boconnoc House in Cornwall

Written by Katie Byrne

Lucy and Michael swapped their vows in a romantic, detail-rich celebration, filled with flowers

Lucy, 30, a marketing manager, and Michael, 31, a music producer, tied the knot at Boconnoc House in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

Budget: £80,000-£100,000

Flower budget: £5,000+

Photographer: Amy Shore 

We met in 2011 at a mutual friend's website launch party, held at Whisky Mist in London.

For our wedding, we wanted to create a relaxed weekend that had a musical/festival feel to it. The main aim was to have both ourselves and our guests as relaxed as possible, in a scenic and romantic setting. We particularly wanted our guests to be able to move around easily, and not have to get into buses/cars or have to take long walks to get to different places.

We chose Boconnoc Estate because it had everything we required onsite. We wanted a venue that could cater for a ‘wedding weekender’ where our guests could stay on site, the church was a few hundred yards away, and everyone could appreciate the beautiful Cornish countryside.

My wedding dress was the 'Polly' design from Stephanie Allin. It took me ages to find the dress - to the point where I'd gotten myself quite muddled over what style I wanted! Stephanie Allin dresses are truly beautifully made, and they are quite customisable which was really appealing to me. Stephanie, the designer, was also at most of my fittings and took a hands on approach to making my dress, which was a really nice touch.

Michael’s suit was tailor made by A Suit That Fits. It was a traditional morning suit design, but in a dark navy blue. The tie was from Moss Bros, shirt from Hugo Boss, shoes from Asos, and socks from his mate Reaz because he’d forgotten to bring any!

I found the bridesmaids dresses at the NABBD store in Wimbledon - they were by Watters & Watters.

I had a clear idea of the colours I thought would sit nicely within the venue: pastels, pinks and creams. We chose flowers that would complement the estate setting of Boconnoc: we wanted them to evoke a feeling of relaxed and understated elegance through the use of seasonal foliages, eclectic vases and soft candlelight. 

We didn’t want anything too bright or vivid and we wanted there to be a natural feel to everything over all: lots of garden style roses, peonies, stocks, dahlias, garden hydrangea, astilbe and herbs.

My bouquet was a relaxed hand-tied arrangement of scented garden roses, spray roses and peonies, in shades of pale pink and blush, with scented herb foliage and jasmine trails. The stems were bound with coordinating silk ribbon, and it was finished with pearl pins.

For a truly personal touch, we used the silhouette of Alfie, our Dachshund, across all our stationery - and he also walked down the aisle, too!

Our wedding cake was three tiers of Victoria sponge, decorated with fondant icing; two tiers were white and one had a gold lustre finish, with dusky pink roses and pink ribbon.

In a nod to our venue's location, our favours were Cornish pixies.

Nothing went wrong on the day thanks to our wedding planner, Lester! The evening part of the celebration had a fun party vibe and we danced until dawn.

My tip for brides-to-be? Wear comfortable shoes! Also, Michael would recommend sound-checks for all the speeches so the speakers are comfortable and can be clearly heard.

Steal their style!

Wedding planner: Lester Gethings Venue: Boconnoc Florist: Simon Nickell Design Dress: Stephanie Allin Bridesmaids: Watters Cake: The Cornish Cakery 

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