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When we saw this gorgeous, relaxed wedding, shot by Cornwall Wedding Photographer Alan Law we knew we needed to feature it on Bridal Soup.

Alan’s style of photography perfectly suits the informal yet stylish event and it’s great to see so much emotion and story-telling in the images. The venue, Carn Du, looks amazing too!

We asked Loona & Sarah to tell us more about their wedding day…

1. What Sarah loves most about Loona:

His hugs and how he makes me feel like I’m home when I am with him.

2. What Loona loves most about Sarah…

She is beautiful both inside and out.

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3. How did the proposal happen?
Loona: On the banks of the Seine in Paris. I had got the ring made several weeks earlier. It was a Princess Cut diamond and Sarah means Princess, and she also likes the 1920 style, so I got the ring made in the art déco style. I kept it in box in my rucksack for several weeks in the run up to the proposal, so she wouldn’t find it in the house, but I had to check it every half day that it was still in there, waiting for the ideal moment.

Sarah had organised a long weekend in Paris, so I knew she wasn’t expecting anything. The weather forecast was first day of sunshine and then three cloudy days, so I knew I had to ask her on the first day. I was quite nervous trying to find the right time and place, and decided on Pont Neuf. I saw there was a traffic jam of tourist buses on it and therefore decided against asking her there. Luckily we found a tow path that went down to the river and I asked her to marry me there on bended knee, by the shimmering waves of the Seine. After she said yes, we celebrated with champagne by finding the nearest bar we could find and it was called appropriately the Sarah Bernhardt. We celebrated till 3am in the Latin Quarter and for the next three days exploring Paris and Versailles and kept it a secret till we got back to London.

 

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4. How did you choose the wedding venue?
Sarah comes from West Cornwall, the Mousehole/ Newlyn area. Luckily it also happens to be one of the prettiest parts of the country too so it was an easy and natural choice. The pretty 16th century church at Paul is just half a mile away, and is Sarah’s granny’s church.
Carn Du was the ideal place for the reception – a beautiful Edwardian villa with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic and an infinity pool. It gave the whole wedding reception a homely feel.

We knew we didn’t want a hotel wedding; we wanted it to be relaxed and informal, more of a garden party! We wanted the wedding to reflect us. Hiring Carn Du allowed Sarah to apply her creative talents to design every element of the wedding, from the 1920s feel with tea cups and champagne bowls, the croquet on the back lawn, to the santoor player who provided the background music. It allowed us to plan the day exactly as we wanted it to be.

 

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5. The best moment of the day…
The whole day, every moment of it!

 

6. The story of the dress…

As a girl who likes to shop, this was one of my favourite bits and I tried on quite a few dresses! I knew the style I wanted – something simple and elegant, not big and fussy. In the end I fell in love with the beautiful Jenny Packham Eden. It had everything I wanted, the elegant 1920’s feel with just the right amount of sparkle and glamour! And it felt amazing the moment I put it on…
And just perfect with a pair of Choos!!

 

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7. Why did you choose your photographer?
We wanted very natural photographs, nothing posed or staged and to capture the relaxed atmosphere we wanted for the wedding.

We found Alan Law via his website and met him six months before the wedding. He showed us his brilliant portfolio and has a lovely personality so we knew he would do a good job. He proved to be brilliant, creative, hard-working, energetic without being imposing. He can see things and angles that no one else does. His work speaks for itself.

 

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8. What personal touches did you include in your wedding?

As we hired a house rather than a ‘venue’ it meant that we weren’t restricted in anyway by packages and we could design the day just as we wanted. We went for an intimate vintage garden party feel, sparkling wine (Cornish of course!) and Pimms (in teacups) in the garden. We did away with formal seating plans and had the speeches by the infinity pool that overlooked the sea. The wedding cake was made, beautifully, by my (sarah’s) Mum who also did the flower arrangements for the house. We played croquet and boules on the lawn.

We wanted to add Assamese/Indian elements to the day. We had a reading by the Dalai Lama during the ceremony and hired John Ball, who has to be one of the most talented santoor players, to provide music in the garden!
Decoration wise we mixed the English (Cornish!!) with the Assamese and had jam jar candle holders wrapped in lace and sari fabric, vintage bottles for flowers and Indian fabrics and cushions.

We are also going to have a part two – an Indian wedding, at a Nature Reserve in Assam, India in February 2014.

 

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9. What happened that wasn’t planned?

People having a late night dip in the swimming pool!
An impromptu game of Frisbee in the morning for Loona and the boys.

 

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10. What advice would you give couples planning their own weddings?

Plan the wedding that you want to have, you get a lot of advice from people (some good and bad!) but it’s important to go with what feels right for your day and what is special to you as a couple. We wanted a small informal garden party with our closest family and friends and that’s exactly what we did!

If you are planning everything yourself from scratch I would recommend getting someone to help – we had the lovely Nat from Jolly Good Weddings as our planner, she confirmed all our suppliers timings, decorated and coordinated on the day so that we didn’t have to worry about a thing!

Also once it’s planned, relax and enjoy it and everyone else will. Try and take it all in because you’re so happy and excited, the day goes too quickly. And because it goes so quickly, having a great photographer can help you revisit the day!

 

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Photographer: Alan Law
Wedding Venue: Paul Church
Catering: Good Food Catering Company
Jeweller: Elegance, Hatton Garden for the rings
Wedding Cake: Brides Mum!
Make up and hair: Lauren Buckley
Reception Venue: Carn Du, Mousehole
Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham, Eden
Florist: Fur, Feather and Flowers (Penzance) for the bouquets, Sarah’s mum and her friend Elaine for the church and house flowers
Transportation: Wedding Cars
Wedding planner: Nat at Jolly Good Weddings

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