A wedding at beautiful Polhawn Fort, Cornwall

Bridal party on the beach

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!

Fort by the sea
Entrance to Polhawn Fort
Entrance to the fort
Welcome to Charlie and Ed's wedding sign
A view across the sea
Chairs set for an outdoor wedding ceremony
Verbena with the sea behind
Chairs set for an outdoor ceremony by the sea
Ceremony hut
Wedding flowers
Eliza Jane Howell wedding dress hanging up
Beaded wedding dress details
Bride having make up done
Bride having make up done

Bridal make up
Bride with bridesmaids
Groom walking to ceremony
Guests arriving over drawbridge
Guests looking at sea view Drinks reception for wedding guests
Bride putting on dress and shoes
Bride with bouquet
Bride with beaded dress
Mother sees daughter in wedding dress
Groom walking to ceremony
Outdoor wedding ceremony
Outdoor wedding ceremony
Groom talking to registrar
Groom talking to best men
Bride walking to ceremony
Bride walking to ceremony
Groom waiting for bride
Bride walking to outdoor ceremony with sea behind
Bride walking to outdoor ceremony
Groom sees bride for first time
Brother escorts bride to ceremony
Bride walks up aisle
Bride and groom
Bride and groom during wedding ceremony
Ushers watching wedding ceremony
Bride and groom say their vows
Bride and groom exchange rings
wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Outdoor ceremony
Exchange of rings
Bride and groom first kiss
Bride and groom walk down aisle
After wedding ceremony
Line of bridesmaids and groomsmen
Wedding guests hugging bride and groom
Guests photographing bride
Wedding guests
Guest photographing groom
Wedding guests congratulating bride
Best man takes selfie with bride and groom
Bride and groom walk down to beach
Bride and groom walk down to beach
Bridesmaids and ushers on beach
Bridesmaids in grey dresses on the beach
Bridesmaids in grey dresses on the beach
Groom and ushers on the beach
Bride and groom on the beach
Bride and groom on the beach
Bride and groom by the sea
Bride and groom walking across beach
Bride and groom
Bride and groom with sea in background
Bride and groom portraits
Bride on spiral staircase
Polaroid camera photo booth
Polaroid camera photo booth
Wedding guests
Little girl at wedding
Wedding guests taking photos
Wedding guests laughing
Polhawn Fort interior
Cheese cake
Fairy lights inside fort
Table decoratios
Inside the fort
Table plan
Wedding guests
Wedding favours
Wedding favours
Wedding favours
Wedding favours
Wedding favours
Bride and groom enter reception
Wedding breakfast
Messages in bottle for bride and groom
Wedding breakfast
Sea view
Bride and groom with sunset
Bride and groom with sea view
Bride and groom cuddling
Bride and groom kissing
Bride and groom kissing
Wedding speeches
Wedding speeches
Groom laughing at speech
Bride listening to speech
Toast at speech
Groom's speech at Polhawn Fort
Reactions to groom's speech
Bride's mother watching groom
Wedding guests during speeches
Groom's speech
Groom's parents laughing at speeches
Groom's toast
Groom's toast
Guests laughing
Bride listening to groom
Groom toasts bride and then they kiss
Best man's speech
Guests laughing
Guests laughing
Guests laughing
Sun setting over the sea
Sun settting
Bride and groom first dance
Bride and groom first dance
Bride and groom dancing
Wedding singer
Guests dancing
Guests dancing
Guest laughing at the camera
Guests doing silly dancing
Guests doing slow dance
Bride and groom dancing happily
Bride and groom dancing close together
Bride and groom outside on drawbridge
Exterior view of Polhawn Fort in the darkness
Lovely suppliers involved in this wedding:
Wedding planner: Nat at Jolly Good Wedding
Charlie’s dress: Eliza Jane Howell, fitted by Morgan Davies London
Charlie’s shoes: Rachel Simpson
Charlie’s headpiece: Oliver Laudus
Bridesmaids dresses: Virgos Lounge
Ed’s groomswear: Gresham Blake
Caterers: Couch’s
Florist: Ruth Andrew
Wedding cake: cheese tower provided by Couch’s, cupcakes by Baked of Bournemouth
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