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

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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)

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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Image Taken from Hello Magazine

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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