Katie and Paul filled their Cornish wedding with rustic decorations and wild blooms
Katie Pollard, 28, a florist, and Paul Hughes, 37, a digital designer, were married in a civil ceremony at Nancarrow Farm in Truro, Cornwall.
Flower budget: £3,000
Photography: Nick Walker Photography
Paul and I met at a wedding in Canada, which had a total of 22 guests, including us! We later became engaged in front of the fire in our cabin in the snowy Cairngorms while on holiday (it wasn't as cliché as it sounds!).
We went for a woodland and rustic look; it was country without being too kitsch! The venue is a working farm in Cornwall set in the rolling countryside.
We knew we wanted a relaxed barn style in the South West, as Paul is from Devon and my family are Cornish. We viewed a few venues across Devon and Cornwall but I knew Nancarrow was the one as soon as I saw the website. Obviously, it was the most expensive and over-budget!
The ethos of the farm was right up our street; everything is sourced locally and the team are hugely passionate. The barn is beautiful, as is the accommodation.
Oh, the flowers! Being a florist, it was the hardest part to decide on because I’d always spot things while at work that just had to be included.
We used David Austin 'Kate' as the basis because of the colour and scent, added some blues and plums then with a kick of the coral 'Miss Piggy' roses we were ready.
Foliage played a huge part, I wanted it to look really natural and use things you’d find in a Cornish hedgerow so there was a lot of moss and ferns. The flowers were super important, I think florists tend to feel they should put on a good show for their own wedding – and I felt no different.
It’s also a great opportunity to make fun things using different flowers and colours that the brides you work for don’t necessarily chose for their big days.
Paul made our cake! He makes a cracking carrot cake, so we decided it would be nice for him to make something while I was sorting the flowers.
Favours-wise, we planted succulents in jam jars to add to the table décor, a lot of them are still going strong now, which I love!
One of my favourite moments from the day was putting my flat shoes on and all the dancing that followed! I also adored the speeches; my dad's a natural at public speaking, so he was great and the best man's speech was jaw achingly funny.
We did have one little disaster – the ceremony music decided not to work, although I was completely unaware until afterwards, and the lovely Nancarrow team managed to download the songs and play them minutes beforehand.
We had an amazing covers band playing songs everyone knew, so it was like the gig of a lifetime, where you know all of the words with gin on tap. We were all on the dancefloor until the end.
My tip for brides-to-be: I cannot stress enough to plan the day that you and your partner want, not the day your family think you should have. They have had or can have their chance, but this is your one day to have whatever you like.
Steal their style!
FLORIST: Blackberry & Bloom VENUE: Nancarrow Farm DRESS: Candy Anthony BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: Lindy Bop GROOMSWEAR: Walker & Slater VINTAGE HIRE: Box & Cox Vintage Hire HAIR: Goldbird Hair Design