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We are extremely lucky to be located in one of the most beautiful parts of England. For those of you who may not know Cornwall, think of it as the surfing capital of the UK with rugged coastlines, tiny English lanes and an infinite amount of cream teas and pasties!

Chances are, you are engaged (congratulations!) and currently researching into having your dream Cornish wedding. But where to begin?

We have put together a collection of our favourite local suppliers to help you, from rings (obviously!) to dressmakers, cake decorators to venues. This will be your ‘one stop shop’ for the ultimate Cornish Wedding.

THE DRESS!

Arguably the most exciting part for any bride is the dress shopping. It’s the kind of thing we dream about as little girls. With programmes such as ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and social platforms like Instagram and Pinterest (don’t deny you haven’t had a wedding dress Pinterest board set up for a while!) inspiring us, it’s no surprise that finding ‘the one’ can be a challenge.

Luckily there are plenty of bridal shops down here for you to browse so let’s dive in.

Elaine Rawlings Bridal:

Elaines bridal shop is within walking distance from our showroom in the heart of Truro, in fact it’s one building away!

‘As the longest standing bridal boutique in Truro, I pride myself on offering a great selection of gorgeous gowns but also the personal touch.’

A selection of wedding dresses from Elaine Rawlings Bridal Shop

Source: www.elainerawlings.co.uk

Every wedding dress has been chosen by Elaine from runways around the world and each gown is completely different, offering a wide range of styles to suit all body shapes, venues and visions.

A selection of wedding dresses from Elaine Rawlings Bridal Shop

Source: www.elainerawlings.co.uk

The designers are renowned for their impeccable cuts, premium quality fabrics, exquisite attention to detail and award winning styles. Prices range from £850 – £2,300.


The Bridal Studio:

The Bridal Studio is an independent boutique in Helston’s high street. Ran by Tara and her team, The Bridal Studio has an array of beautiful dresses for you to try on.

“We create a memorable and magical experience for our brides that they can share with close friends and family; relaxing with a cup of tea while choosing from our range of beautiful designer dresses and breath-taking accessories to create your dream wedding day look.”

Tara shows a wedding dress to a potential customer at Bridal Studio in Helston, Cornwall

Source: www.bridal-studio-helston.co.uk

Bridal Gossip:

Bridal Gossip is an exclusive bridal boutique in Cornwall where brides can feel comfortable and relaxed. A place where brides can discover their own shape, feel confident in different styles, and fall in love with their own reflections.

Bridal Gossip was created to give every woman those special moments that can be cherished for a lifetime. Our bridal gowns are made with quality fabrics at affordable prices with a one to one service to ensure you have our undivided attention during your appointment.

A wedding dress shop assistant/manager spreads the train of a dress out on the floor whilst the bride stands out of shot

Source: www.bridalgossip.co.uk

MAKE UP

Next up is make up. Make up is all about making you feel your absolute best on your special day. Whilst there is a vast choice of make up artists in Cornwall, we have chosen our favourite two that we can personally highly recommend!

Charlotte Albert Make Up

“As a Cornwall based makeup artist I have a huge passion for natural, elegant bridal makeup. With years of experience I have perfected the techniques to creating your perfect, long-lasting bridal makeup while ensuring it feels comfortable and light on your skin.”

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Source. www.charlottealbert.com

“I offer makeup for not only the bride, but her entire bridal party too. I create Bridesmaid makeup to suit each individual so everyone feels their absolute best self, while ensuring it ties in with their bridesmaid dresses, flowers and colour scheme. I offer makeup for the Mother of the Bride, and Mother of the Groom and it’s so special to see how proud they are! I have often found that mothers are dubious about having a makeup artist do their makeup as there is an assumption that it will be heavy. I go by the idea that less is more, and again I want each person to really feel like themselves. ”

Examples of the makeup looks Charlotte Albert has created on brides and models

Source: www.charlottealbert.com

Ione Hair & Make Up

Based in Cornwall, Ione is a cruelty-free makeup and hair artist. With a degree in Specialist Make-up and Hair, Ione loves creating looks for each bride that showcases and heightens their natural beauty, helping them to feel their best on their wedding day. With a fully mobile service meaning she is able to travel all over the country, Ione offers all her clients her make up artistry talents, along with a high-quality and completely cruelty free kit.  Her wedding and makeup services also extend to bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom.

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Source: www.makeupbyione.com

FLOWERS

Choosing the right flowers should not be overlooked, especially if you are planning on having a wedding down here in Cornwall. With the majority of locations having an emphasis on the beautiful Cornish coast, it’s only right to take a bit of the outdoors and bring it inside through an array of beautiful flower arrangements.

Ruby Alice Floral

Ruby Alice owner, Alice Matthews, is an innovative, award winning floral designer and event stylist. Her strength lies in her visual dexterity, with a creative flair for marrying modern romance and timeless, natural elegance.

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Alice Matthews creating a flower arrangement, and an example of her work. Source: www.rubyalicedesign.co.uk

While Ruby Alice offers floral and styling expertise to any event, owner and designer Alice Matthews simply loves the buzz of a wedding: “The morning of…handing over the bouquet and seeing the look on a bride’s face. This is why I do it,” she says. She’s passionate about the romance and creating just the right look to set the tone, and relishes in working alongside clients, guiding them from idea to reality.

Inspired by your colour palette, she works with nature rather than against it, choosing perfect, locally-sourced blooms, seasonal foliage and unique foraged accents, which give her designs depth and luxury, yet keep the arrangements grounded in nature. Alice. Everything she uses is fresh, grown locally where possible and foraged. Making her designs as ‘eco’ as possible she doesn’t use Floral Foam, which is now considered a single use plastic and chemically harmful to the environment.

Source: www.rubyalicedesign.co.uk

The Garden Gate Flower Company

The Garden Gate Flower Company is a sustainable, environmentally conscious garden and floral design studio based in Cornwall. With a background in textiles, Rebecca has a passion for design and colour, she loves to create arrangements that echo the nature in which they have be grown and the environment they will be destined for. Her designs are created using only British flowers including those grown in her garden at Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel. In using only British flowers she is drawn to the offerings of the season which allows each arrangement to be truly unique and timeless in their design.

 

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Blossom and Kelp Floral 

Blossom and Kelp is a florist based on the rugged Cornish coast, specialising in natural, wild, seasonal flowers and foliage. It is run by Rachel and her trusty dog Kelp.

‘I am passionate about all things natural, wild and slightly undone. Berries, seed pods, grasses and unusual foliage are some of my favourites to include in my creations! I take my inspiration from nature and the seasons and having a background in art, illustration and design, I consider floristry painting with flowers! It has definitely helped me to develop my individual, natural style.’

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Source: www.blossomandkelp.co.uk

JEWELLERY

I think it’s pretty obvious who we will be recommending for jewellery…yours truly of course!

Here at Ethica we specialise in creating beautiful pieces of jewellery for you to cherish forever. From engagement rings to bracelets, every piece of our jewellery is set with the Ethica Diamond, a diamond alternative gemstone. We can, of course, set the jewellery with 100% fully certified carbon neutral lab-grown diamonds from our partners at the Diamond Foundry if you are wanting an exact diamond but without the environmental toll.

Our whole ethos is about sustainability and doing better for the environment which is why all our metals are either recycled or Fairtrade with not a single mined diamond insight.

Based in the heart of Truro, our small friendly team is there to guide you through the process of finding your dream engagement or wedding ring. Even after spending 10 years making beautiful engagement rings and wedding jewellery for our customers, we never tire of sharing such a meaningful time and we will always feel extremely privileged to be a part of your special journey.

Shop our range of jewellery here!

or, if you want to head down the bespoke route then click here!

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The Nouveau Emerald Engagement Ring

NAILS

You’ve got the jewellery, you’ve got the dress and you’ve chosen your hair and makeup. Now it’s time to think about nails! You can’t have a wedding day with un-manicured hands! (well… you totally can but do you really want to show off your rings with scruffy nails?!).

Hands on By Harriet

Our nail queen, Harriet, is the person we go to, to ensure we have perfectly manicured hands for all the jewellery we photograph. Located in Polgooth, (between Truro and St Austell) Harriet is the person to go to if you want perfect nails for your big day.

I also have to mention her dog, Betty. She is an absolute queen in her own right!

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Source: @hands_on_byharriet on Instagram

CATERING

Woodfired Wedding by Canteen

Ran by the epic guys over at Canteen in St Agnes, Woodfired Weddings pour all of their knowledge, passion and creativity into the planning and production of your day. Their menus always tell a story and they’ll work with you to produce a truly memorable meal that shares your love story, bespoke banquets of wood fired flavours capturing your food memories, with a serving style that encourages your guests to get involved as one big family.

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Food photography by Lizzie Churchill. Source: Woodfired Weddings

The Buffalo

A wedding bar like no other. They serve good times, not just good drinks. Inspired by their time favourite bar in Northern Minnesota, the husband and wife duo have bought their ‘happy place’ back to Cornwall and created a  unique Airstream bar which was founded with a commitment to an excellent drinks service, supreme cocktails and celebrating local produce. You can customise your cocktail menu with your own signature cocktails and they’ll talk with you to create the perfect drink named after you for your big day. How cool is that?!

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Source: The Buffalo Bar

THE VENUE

Lusty Glaze Beach Wedding

Dreamy weddings, stays under the stars, unique events – exclusively yours. Lusty Glaze Private Beach Weddings is a wedding venue located in Newquay. Situated on a secluded cove on the Cornish coast, this magical setting will set your hearts on fire for an extraordinary event. This venue can play host to ceremonies and wedding breakfasts, both grand and intimate, to suit your style and taste throughout all 4 seasons.

Named the most Instagrammable wedding venue in Cornwall (Alta Costura) and voted the best coastal wedding venue (UK Wedding Awards 2019) – what’s not to love!

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Source: Lusty Glaze Beach

Polhawn Fort

Polhawn Fort sits by Rame Head, a unique piece of coast at the end of Whitsand bay. Bathed in history and wonder, they have been hosting weddings for over 26 years. A wedding at Polhawn Fort gives you the time and freedom to do exactly as you please for the whole time you’re here. You can create the wedding of your dreams: from the simplest of days, to a seriously stylish affair. No set rules to follow, be free to plan your wedding as you have imagined, with the Fort as your backdrop.

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Source: Polhawnfort.com

The Alverton

Nestled away from the Cornish capital, discover a dreamy venue that radiates elegance, tranquility and romance. With room for up to 140 guests, whether it’s an intimate wedding or a grand celebration, surround yourselves with your nearest and dearest on your special day.

The four-star hotel’s enchanting private gardens, ancient trees and sun-drenched terrace all add to the idyllic setting for capturing those unforgettable wedding memories that you’ll treasure for years to come. With award-winning food tailored to the flavours you adore, fall in love with food from their Executive Chef Nick Hodges and his team.

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Source: https://thealverton.co.uk

I think we have covered the staples for a Cornish wedding, whether you’re headed down a ‘boho’ route or more of a traditional one.

There’s nothing we love more then helping our customers, whether it’s through their jewellery orders or even helping them plan the big engagement. We hope this blog has been useful and introduced you to some wonderful local Cornish suppliers.

Of course, if you have any questions regarding our jewellery or the content of this blog, simply get in touch via our contact form or by emailing info@ethicadiamonds.co.uk

 

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