A rustic wedding amongst the bluebells

It’s not very often that we have a personal connection with the couples we supply.  However, for the wedding of Nicky and Tom, we weren’t just suppliers, but very honoured to be guests too.

As a couple these two have quite a story.  To start they’re both ultra runners.  This means they  [insanely] go all over the country running 50 or 100mile marathons, often over mountains!  Tom has a very successful running business, Freedom Racing, where other super fit people join them for leisurely marathons along coast paths and moorlands!! Needless to say, we do not know them through running….they were our neighbours and we shared wine instead!

They became engaged three years ago, and would have been married by now if it wasn’t for Tom’s health.  Diagnosed with cancer, he became extremely unwell and there were some very dark days.  But his fitness and positive spirit saw him through and he’s thankfully a well man again.  For Nicky and Tom to finally be able to stand together and say their vows to one another, was an emotional experience for them both.

So on to the wedding!  One of the best things about late spring has to be the bluebells and the vibrant green woodlands.  Throw in a wedding and we’re in heaven!

Tom’s childhood home is in West Sussex so it was a natural choice for the wedding to take place there.  They chose the most gorgeous little church, nestled amongst a forest clearing.  There were deer skipping past as we arrived!  It was magical!

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Tom and Nicky wanted their day to be relaxed with a timeless rustic country style.  They found a gorgeous Sussex barn for the reception, with acres of fields for camping and kids to explore.  A stroke of genius was to ask the wonderful ladies at Macmillan Cancer Support to take care of the reception welcome drinks and all the food (with the exception of a lamb spit roast).  It was a great way for Nicky and Tom to give back for the support they received, and those ladies did an incredible job!!

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Having family and friends together was their priority, although having the Plymouth based band Land of Giants was a big priority too!! The wedding could only happen if the band agreed to play!

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To create their relaxed summer party vibe, we supplied them with games, signage, table décor and props.  The Tug O War and Sack Races were hilarious and as always proved popular with all ages! Considering many of the guests were ultra runners, it got pretty competitive!

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Congratulations Nicky and Tom and thank you for having us share your amazing day!

Photography by Christiaan Le Roux Photography

 

Wilderness Styled Shoot with Wild Tipi

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Newcomers to the Cornish wedding scene, Wild Tipi, offer incredible Nordic style tipis and bell tents for weddings and events.  The husband and wife team have wonderful passion for their new venture and we’re sure they’ll be a huge success, especially as demand for the giant tipis grows.

We were thrilled to be asked to style their launch photoshoot, featuring some of Cornwall’s best wedding suppliers and photographed by the very lovely Olivia Bossert.

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The tipis have a wonderful honey light inside them, and a simple neutral colour pallet works well.  We chose a pallet of warm metallic and soft grey for the table to compliment the tipis environment.

Sisters Emily and Lucy from 3 Acre Blooms brought our table to life with a variety of seasonal white florals grown on their farm a few miles from the shoot location.  Our vintage wooden ladder looked incredible adorned with their foliage and fragrant herbs strung above the table.

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The sheepskins added a sumptuous softness to all the seating and lined the cutest bell tent you’ll ever see!

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Photoshoot Credits:

Styling and Props: Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Concept, Tipi and bell tent: Wild Tipi

Photography: Olivia Bossert Photography

Dress: Claire L Headdon

Flowers: 3 Acre Blooms

Hair: Hair by Emma C

MUA: Make Up By Ione

 

Intimate Winter Elopment – A Styled Shoot at Tregothnan

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The Tregothnan estate needs no introduction to those who reside or visit Cornwall.  Home to Lord Falmouth, it’s the largest private estate in the county and home to the infamous Tregothnan Tea!

Adding a new string to their bow, Tregothnan are now supporting the British flower growing industry by providing cut flowers and floristry.  When we were asked to style their first ever bridal photo shoot, there was only one answer.  Getting access to the estate is a tremendous privilege and we were thrilled to be involved.

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When the day of the shoot arrived we had severe weather warnings for gales and torrential rain.  The whole shoot team decided to embrace the very British weather and set up an intimate table in the Chinese pagoda that overlooks the tea plantation.

The table was swagged in raw muslin and foliage, with a colour pallet of deep lapis and navy blues, offset against the soft pale pink and ivory. The addition of the ivory and blue china, luxurious handmade silk napkins and satin ribbon added just the right touch of luxury.

The incredible hand painted cake and signature edible teacups by Emily Hankins look striking on our Dressing Table.  Emily’s colour pallet working perfectly with the styling elements of the table.

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It took a real team effort to pull off this shoot despite the most horrific weather.  While the shoot team were decked out in full waterproofs, our trooper of a model Jodie wore a stunning blush Private Label gown by G, Ella Rosa Collection from Bliss Bridal Gowns, Perranporth.

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Photo Shoot Credits:

Photographer: Olivia Bossert www.oliviabossert.com

Flowers: Tregothnan Estate https://tregothnan.co.uk/flowers-and-foliage/

Tregothnan Estate Liaison and Coordination: Annabelle Percy Hughes

Dress: Private Label by G, Ella Rosa Collection from Bliss Bridal Gowns, Perranporth http://www.blissbridalgowns.com/

Make Up: Ione Kutz www.makeupbyione.com

Hair: Emma Carlyle http://www.hairbyemmac.com/

Table Styling: Box And Cox Vintage Hire http://www.boxandcoxvintage.co.uk/

Cake and Teacups: Emily Hankins http://emilyhankins.co.uk/

Stationary: Megan Riera http://www.meganrieralettering.com/

Model: Jodie Hyatt

 

Jana and Steve’s Glasshouse Wedding

 

On one of last summers hottest days, Jana and Steve were married in a gorgeously intimate ceremony, witnessed by a small gathering of close family and best friends.  Their day was personal, and filled with simple pleasures.

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Jana and Steve got in touch after booking their wedding with The Potager Garden, near Falmouth.  They needed props to add style and personality to their amazing glass house reception.  They wanted props to reflect the journey they were embarking on together, so our suitcases and trunks were incorporated into their styling.

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Jana and Steve’s Coconut Bar was a stroke of genius!  Such a fun and creative thing to have at a wedding.  Our tin baths filled with ice were the perfect accompaniment for cooling drinks on such a hot day! Their Polaroid wall suspended between two trees made a brilliant backdrop to the drinks area.

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With a number of children attending, Jana was keen to include some of our famous games and dressing up box into their day.  Deckchairs and signage were scattered throughout the maze of woodland, veggie gardens and lawns.

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As the sun went down, the Jana and Steve chose to to use our illuminated Cinematic Lightbox for their evening ‘Enchanted Woodland Bar’.  Dancing and marshmallows over an open fire concluded a truly beautiful wedding.

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Congratulations Jana and Steve from us all at Box and Cox.

Photography by Enchanted Brides

Flowers by Twigs and Green

Venue The Potager 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas For Your Drinks Reception

Spring is just around the corner, which for brides and grooms means it’s time to start planning those smaller details.

Quite an important part of the day will be the drinks reception, and the way you serve them reflects the kind of atmosphere you wish to create.  Smartly dressed serving staff carrying silver trays filled with flutes of fizz suggest a highly sophisticated feel.  For a more relaxed affair, jars of self serve cocktails such as Pimms and Mojito, teamed with a cloudy lemonade works well.

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If choosing a self-serve drinks station, take some time to think about how you want it to look.  Make it inviting and reflective of your style.  A rustic barrel bar works well for garden party vibes, while a vintage lemonade stand adds colour and a sense of nostalgia.  Add shelving, crates, furniture to the bar to create height and space for extra glasses and bottles.

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When day turns to night, having a fully licenced pay bar may be the way to go if you don’t wish to pay for your guests after dinner drinks.  Always ensure everyone knows they will need some pennies though.  If however you’re happy to pick up the tab, filling large metal baths with ice and packing them with beer and white wine, is a great way to keep everything cool without hiring in refrigeration.

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Don’t forget, every bar will need signage to tell guests what’s on offer.  Light up signage works well on an evening drinks bar, adding atmosphere and style.

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All items available to hire from Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Photo Credits: Camera Hannah, Enchanted Brides, Freckle Photography

A Garden Wedding at Cosawes Barton

 

On the edge of pretty village of Ponsanooth, just a few short miles from the south Cornish coast lies the wonderful 17th Century Cosawes Barton.  A fairly new venue to the Cornish wedding scene, it offers not only 5* accommodation but also extensive woodlands, meadow, marquee lawn and formal flower gardens.

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The very lovely Sophie and her beau, Joe, came to us while planning the outdoor space for their wedding. Their wedding very much embraced the natural beauty of its surroundings.  They chose to marry under Cosawes bespoke arbour, at the end of a long natural aisle, flanked by a woodland grove.

Their Absolute Canvas marquee was nestled amongst the trees leaving a large lawn space to the front.  Plenty of space to be filled with mingling guests, and our famous games!

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Sophie chose a wide selection of our fun and games, including our Fairground Peep Board, lawn games and coconut shy, to keep guests entertained.  For those wishing to bask in the late summer sun, Sophie chose a selection of our deckchairs, and our much loved bundle of knit blankets to lay over hay bales.

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Congratulations Sophie and Joe!

 

Photo Credit: Olivia Whitebread-Roberts

Venue: Cosawes Barton

Flowers: Article Bath

 

Whispers Of Du Maurier – A Styled Shoot

Styling and words by Gemma Rawlinson for Box and Cox Vintage Hire.

Photography by Joanne Clement for Enchanted Brides

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Surrounded by Cornwall’s wildly romantic landscapes, Enys House has stood still in time for almost a century. With its eight hundred year history and ancient gardens over-flowing with exotic botanicals, this once great estate has exceptional atmosphere and could easily be plucked from the pages of a Daphine Du Maurier’s classic.

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Taking inspiration from Enys’ rich history of adventurous custodians who gathered plants from across the globe, we used botanicals to breathe new life into dormant spaces. Soft, delicate chiffons juxtapose the crumbling plaster and bare stone. Antique pieces from the Box and Cox Vintage Hire collection set the mood. A host of exquisite artisans local to Cornwall create the details of our story.

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With echoes of the novel, ‘Rebecca’, the bride gazes from the vast windows, awaiting her groom whilst dressed in a timeless ensemble. Designed by couturier Claire L Headdon, the intricately beaded tulle cover up is worn over a delicate silk camisole and floor length georgette and soft double crepe skirt. A hand beaded lace hair comb from milliner Holly Young and Rachel Simpson shoes from The Bridal House of Cornwall completes the look.

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The bride’s oversized bouquet with its sumptuous jewel tones fill the shadows with colour and beauty. Hand dyed silk ribbons from Lancaster and Cornish give a soft and feminine finish.

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The groom, attired as if returning from adventurous travel, arrives wearing a Panama hat adorned with feathered brooch pin from Holly Young Millinery. A simple black tuxedo pays homage to the 1930s era of Du Maurier’s earliest masterpieces.

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Our real life couple perform their vows in front of one of Box and Cox’s bespoke backdrops – a soft ivory chiffon, adorned with light catching glass beads and metallic leaves.  The couple enjoy stolen moments amongst Enys’ captivating spaces.

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The brides stunning rings, designed by Mirri Damer, include a diamond band and an unusual 3 ring stack engagement ring created using yellow gold and green tourmalines.

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Time to dine and delight in the company of those whom we hold dear.  A table plan, designed by Laura Likes, is displayed on Box and Cox’s large ornate mirror, draped with foliage.

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The dining table housed inside the once grand library awaits the guests. A simple ivory pallet with aged metallic accents adds light to space, while the floral centrepieces, designed by This Rugged Coast, creates drama and romance. Ranunclus, anemone, tulip, rhododendron and camellia radiate their beauty.

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The 1930s inspired four tier cake, designed and created by Peboryon, is seated upon a simple vintage writing desk. Filled with lush ferns and adorned with silk ribbon, the botanical vibe filters throughout every styling element.

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Stationary designed by Laura Likes, is inspired by the journals and drawings of botanists and plant hunters and includes calligraphy lettering and adorned with hand drawn foliage detail.

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Photoshoot Credits:

Photography – Enchanted Brides

Props, Furniture, Styling – Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Venue – Enys House, Cornwall

Stationary – Laura Likes

Flowers – This Rugged Coast

Silk Ribbons – Lancaster and Cornish

Trestle Table, Chairs, stemware, crockery, cutlery and napkins – Trevarno Marquee and Event Hire

Gold Plate Chargers and sequin table cloth – Wedding Flowers in Cornwall

Brides Dress – Claire L Headdon

Shoes – Rachel Simpson at The Bridal House of Cornwall

Rings – Mirri Damer

Hair Accessory and Panama Hat – Holly Young Boutique

Hair – Shear Beauty

MUA – Katherine Rowe

Models – Megan and Billy (real couple)

An Intimate Woodland Wedding: A Styled Shoot

 

 

Autumn leaves fall, sun low in the sky, time for gathering close and enjoying the feast that harvest brings.

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Our Macramé backdrop hangs from the branch of a tree, awaiting vows of love to be spoken. The soft focal point settles gently amongst the beautiful nature that fills the woodland setting.  Offset candelabras add a sense of romance to the space.

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An intimate supper for two follows nestled amongst moss covered trees and softly falling leaves.  The table is dressed with antique metallics, antlers, sumptuous roses, protea and foraged foliage.  Hampers laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables add to the sense of the season. A poetry book lies open awaiting sonnets to be uttered lovingly.

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Photography, Props, Styling by Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Jen and Rich’s Romantic Fortress Wedding

One of the most romantic venues in Cornwall,  Polhawn Fort stands in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Rame Peninsula.

Jenny and Rich’s elegant summer wedding took full advantage of all this stunning place has to offer.

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We first started chatting with Jenny about her wedding back in Summer 2015.  She had so many fantastic ideas for hers and Rich’s day and it was an absolute pleasure working all the little details through with her.

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The couple were married in a local church, before inviting guests to their cliff top fortress for a fun filled, foodie reception.

The couple chose to set up a rustic drinks station for their guests to enjoy self-serving their own summer drinks.  Drinks jars for cocktails, tin baths as ice buckets, create an on-trend look.

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Outdoor seating continued the rustic vibe with hay bales encircling a fire pit.  Jenny chose to top the bales with our hessian sacks for a little extra comfort for guests.

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Our Seaside Peep Board, fete and lawn games were set up on Polhawn’s lower terrace.  They went down a storm with young and old alike, and created plenty of laughter.

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A DIY photobooth was created in an arched doorway.  Jenny hung our gold frame and used our fancy dress suitcase for guests to snap some memorable photos!

Dancing the night away to live music rounded off the incredible day, our illuminated BAR sign adding to the atmosphere of the evenings festivities.

Congratulations Jen and Rich xx

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Photography: Camera Hannah – http://www.camerahannah.co.uk

Venue: Polhawn Fort http://www.polhawnfort.com

 

 

 

Keep Dancing….A Wedding Packed with Olympians and Strictly Come Dancing Contestants!

We were thrilled to play a small part in the utterly beautiful Cornish nuptials of Newlyn born Olympic double gold medalist rower Helen Glover and TV Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall.  Attended by Olympians and Steve’s former dance companions from Strictly Come Dancing, this really was a star studded event.

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The couple chose to host their wedding at Porth-En-Alls at Prussa Cove near Penzance.  A series of clifftop fields which jut out into the sea played host to their ceremony and marquee.  For their ceremony guests sat on staw bales and looked on as the couple said their vows in the open air with Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount behind them.  Their spacious marquee from Absolute Canvas was set up in the adjacent field and over looked Prussa Cove and out to sea.

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We worked with Helen and Steve’s chosen florist, Wedding Flowers in Cornwall, to provide a number of floral props, including shepherds crooks, an antique wooden ladder and vintage coloured glass bottles.  Anna and her team at Wedding Flowers in Cornwall set to work creating a stunning floral chandelier using the ladder and bottles that hung from the marquee ceiling directly over Helen and Steve’s top table.

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Image Credit: Wedding Flowers In Cornwall

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As a nod to Helen’s recent success at the Rio Olympics, the family had created a Golden Gate for the couple as entrance to their remote hideaway honeymoon cottage.  We thought it was a charming and really wonderful touch for this inspirational couple.  Congratulations Helen and Steve.

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