I love hearing where brides are tying the knot, so many gorgeous venues, there’s so much choice! I also think you can tell so much about a wedding from the venue and location that they choose. Just for fun, I’ve put together a blog post pairing the perfect dresses with some of my favourite venues so you can get an idea for the bridal style that each location elicits.
Tresanton is the most iconic hotel in Cornwall and with good reason. I’ve had a few brides tying the knot at Tresanton this year and I’m always super excited for them that they’ve chosen such a stylish venue. The new addition of their Mediterranean style Beach Club beneath the hotel is a real attraction and somewhere to enjoy Champagne and canapés or oysters with guests. For a venue with such class you need a dress that won’t be upstaged by the view. The eternally stylish Valentina is utterly sensational. The most flattering shape in a hip hugging fishtail style, the applique lace neckline is classy yet unique, continuing throughout the gown and ending with a pretty train.
It doesn’t come much more magnificent than Pendennis Castle, does it? Built by Henry VIII, surrounded by the sea and with panoramic views across Falmouth from the castle roof, the circular castle keep is the most romantic place to have a ceremony with a candlelit aisle and fairy lights entwined around the pillars, it certainly is a venue fit for a king! On a gorgeous summer day, arrange for a marquee so that you can dine with the best view in Falmouth and as day turns to dusk, enjoy dancing on the lawn with the castle backlit behind you, how romantic.
Such a grand venue requires a grand gown to do it justice. For classic castle chic, it has to be Hayworth. This off-the-shoulder ball gown needs no embellishment, no bells or whistles, she is simply stunning exactly as she is. Clean lines are big again for 2019 and Hayworth is no exception to the rule. Simple elegance, stylish and timeless, her full skirt and beautiful Mikado fabric makes her the epitome of Hollywood elegance, much like her namesake.
The Alverton is one of my favourite venues, I just love how it seems to have everything. It’s in the centre of the city yet it feels so secluded, has stunning grounds, incredible architecture, the romance of The Great Hall, stylish bedrooms and suites and the most decadent dining, I just think it has everything. Lots of my brides get married at The Alverton and I can see why. Pimms on the terrace in summer, the grandeur of the candlelit Great Hall in winter, it really does suit every wedding theme and style. The dream dress for a stylish city venue has to be Tula. This slinky Sincerity number has it all – a body skimming fit and flare style, soft tulle with beautiful buttons and beaded lace appliques creating a romantic sheer illusion back and the classic addition of a chapel length train. It’s the perfect pairing of timeless tradition and a dash of drama.
One of the most popular venues I’ve noticed brides marrying at this year is The Green. Whether you opt for a house wedding, a beautiful barn wedding or, my personal favourite, an outdoor ceremony by the Lake Arbour, what makes this truly special is the surroundings. An enchanting 20 acres of grounds including a sweeping drive, formal lawns for group photos and Champagne and the private woods, filled with an abundance of bluebells when spring arrives. It’s a truly magical venue with the romance of a rural location but all of the luxury you would expect in terms of contemporary styled barns, delicious cuisine and even a hot tub in the woods for you to enjoy at the end of the day to celebrate being newlyweds in style!
The dream gown for a woodland wedding has to be Hazel. Soft tulle embellished with pretty embroidery and a removable inner bodice to allow the delicate detail on the illusion bodice to shine through, the multiple layers and classic details such as the elegant shape and addition of buttons really add to the sense of rural romance. You’ll feel like a woodland queen in this elegant creation by Ellis Bridals.
A Waterside Wedding
For a wedding on the water, look no further than The Greenbank. I’ve been in the industry a very long time and I can honestly say, The Greenbank is a surefire favourite for my brides. The oldest hotel in Falmouth, it’s not just the maritime history that stands it apart, it’s the incredible location, right on the water’s edge, the amazing award-winning food, the attentive team and unrivalled suites, it all adds up to make the dream venue. Not only that, The Greenbank even has their own private pontoons where you can either enjoy a humanist wedding or a private boat trip with your wedding guests, courtesy of Fal River. Champagne cruise anyone?
The perfect dress to match such a sophisticated location is the beautiful Saskia. An elegant lace number with a deep plunge neckline (a major trend for 2019), this elegant lace gown has a magnificent train and pretty applique detail. But what really makes it special is the back. A deep illusion back with flattering shoulder lace detail and buttons trailing down the seemingly bare back, it’s simply divine!
I can’t mention weddings in Cornwall without talking about a beach! And not just any beach, the most sensational white sand beach this side of the Tamar. Carbis Bay Hotel is the only hotel positioned on a beach in Cornwall and it’s truly the most spectacular wedding venue. Named winners of the Best Coastal Wedding Venue in both the UK Wedding Awards and the South West Wedding Awards this year, it’s no wonder my brides love this venue as much as they do. Whether you’re looking for a formal wedding in The Sands Restaurant, a relaxed wedding in The Beach Club or an intimate wedding in The Pavilion, you’ll be guaranteed of outstanding sea views and sensational service.
The dream beach gown has to be Beatrice. Sensual, elegant, understated yet full of impact, the intricate beaded lace sparkles in the sun with a stunning sheer illusion lace back and pretty pearl buttons. The flowing crepe skirt moves beautifully as you run across the sand. Crepe is a major trend for 2019 and Beatrice combines timeless style and modern trends with its ornate detail and classic design.