Chris & Julia got married in May, with a ceremony in Camborne and reception at the Eden Project. I love their cute proposal story, the (as always) stunning photography by Eliza Claire, the sneaky extra pics that Chris sent over, and… the glow sticks (yep you read that right!).  Fun, down to earth and full of love!  Gorgeous, thanks for sharing guys.

Note… I know there are TONS of pictures, but you have no idea how difficult it was to try to cut them down!

OK, enough of my wittering, over to Chris…

{ the proposal }

It was a romantic surprise proposal on the Southbank opposite Big Ben around midnight after a meal at Julia’s favorite Japanese Diner (Tokyo Diner) in London. Followed up with a surprise trip to Bray the next day where we had a posh meal and stayed over.

About 10mins after the proposal…


{ the venue }

Julia got ready at her parents house just outside Camborne and I (Chris) got ready at the Cornwall Hotel and Spa near St Austell. This is where we stayed for two nights after our wedding. We were married at Camborne Parish Church, where Julia’s parents were married almost 50 years earlier!

Our reception was held in the Mediterranean Biome at The Eden Project. For us it was the stand out venue in Cornwall with the most amazing event organiser (Di Hall). And it was the best way to guarantee a rain free outside feel!

{ what they wore }

The bride wore a classic ivory silk gown and veil by David Fielden and the groom wore an Ozwald Boateng petrol blue suit. By strange coincidence we both wore shoes by Vivienne Westwood (although not the same design!).  Julia’s make-up was done by her cousin, make-up artist Victoria Penrose.

{ the theme }

There was no real theme, we just wanted to have fun and be full of the joys of spring! We couldn’t really think of a theme that covers a traditional church service, an unusual trip to the reception in Chris’s dads cockpit style two seater bubble car (meeting the Olympic torch on the way!), and an evening celebration that included glow sticks and a discoshed!

{ the flowers }

We had seasonal flowers – rhododendrons and azaleas in the church and then the Eden project arranged for us to have freesias on the tables. Julia’s Aunties hand tied the bridesmaids flowers to match and Julia made her own bouquet from family jewellery.

{ the cake }

A local cake maker “The little cake lady” made an amazing victoria sponge tower with fresh fruit that looked fabulous and tasted even better. Yum.

{ what they ate }

The food and drink was supplied by The Eden Project with pasties supplied by Crantock Bakery later in the evening. For the main course Eden supplied a Mediterranean style barbecue that was served directly to guests at their tables.

{ the photography }

Our photos were taken by Eliza Claire who has her own unique vintage feel and captured the day beautifully. We could not have been more pleased with the results of her work.

{ the party }

Local band “Smug Jars” played for us as guests arrived and in the evening Paddy and his DiscoShed ( kept the party rocking from the first dance (The Smell by Superthriller) until the early hours. The dancefloor was always full and later in evening when it was dark outside the combination of the discoball hanging from the roof of the biome and several hundred glow sticks made it a party to remember.

{ the honeymoon }

Black Tomato arranged our honeymoon for us in Morocco. We spent two weeks in the country where we relaxed on the coast and in the Atlas Mountains before enjoying the hubbub of Marrakesh.  For the last night of our honeymoon we stayed in “A Room for London”.  A one room hotel perched on the top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall for a year!  And the Queen did us a favour by lighting up the sky with fireworks to celebrate our last night (and her Diamond Jubilee!).  Can you spot us in the photo at the link below…?  (If my head looks big its because I have a pretend monkey head on, long story from someone who dressed up as a monkey at the eden project at 1am!)

{ afterthoughts }

Favourite part of the day
Taking our vows was the highlight of the day, Rev Mike Firbank led the service and made us feel very relaxed.

Advice to others
Expect a lot of hard work and planning but if you find an amazing vicar and an amazing event planner then you will really be able to relax and enjoy the day. We were delayed on the way to the reception by the Olympic torch relay so not everything on our day went exactly according to plan but we wouldn’t change a single second!



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