Styling and words by Gemma Rawlinson for Box and Cox Vintage Hire.
Photography by Joanne Clement for Enchanted Brides
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)