I am so excited to be finally blogging Charlie and Ed’s wonderful Polhawn Fort wedding! It was recently featured in Perfect Wedding magazine, so you may have seen a couple of the images there. I’ve been looking forward to going back through the images from the day and putting together a longer blog post, as it really was just such a brilliant day to be a part of.
Charlie and Ed are just the loveliest couple – completely besotted with each other and two of the nicest people I’ve been lucky enough to work with. Their wedding celebrations took place in the most incredible venue, an old fort with a private beach in Cornwall. Steeped in history, Polhawn Fort was built in 1867, to dissuade Napoleon III from even thinking about invading the UK! As wedding settings goes, this is just such a stunning location. The heavy stone walls, arched ceilings and tiny fortress windows make the interior so unique, and a really dark, warm, welcoming space. Then outside there are the stunning views across the Cornish seas, and the sweet little private beach below.
The wedding style was inspired by the seaside location. The table decorations and flowers included tiny shells, and Charlie’s beautiful beaded dress and headpiece sparkled just like the tiny stones on the beach. Charlie’s bridesmaids looked absolutely amazing in their beaded grey dresses, just such a gorgeous and unusual colour! The flowers tied in beautifully, with gorgeous light blues, corals and pearls reflecting the location. Guests were asked to leave Charlie and Ed a message in a bottle, rather than write in a guestbook, adding to the seaside theme. Charlie and Ed plan to open all the messages on their first anniversary, and read the advice and words from their guests. I really loved the wedding favours, which were created by Charlie – a specially designed commemorative wedding tea towel, with a personally drawn image of every single one of the 120 guests. It was absolutely wonderful to watch everyone unwrapping them at the tables and laughing their way through all the caricatures! Charlie says it took her six months to draw everyone – what an incredible way to remember your wedding party!
One of my strongest memories of the day (and I’m sure, Ed’s too!), was the incredible moment when Charlie walked across the lawn towards her wedding ceremony, escorted by her brother, with the bridesmaids all following behind. It was an amazing moment to watch, with the view of the sea behind them and the sound of waves crashing as she approached the ceremony, and it properly gave me goose bumps!
It was a truly wonderful day for everyone involved, and just such a pleasure for me to photograph. I hope you enjoy sharing it and looking through these images!