Are you looking for a wildly romantic and unique wedding ceremony location in Cornwall? Well you have come to the right place.
On the blog today, we have one of our approved suppliers at The Boho Bride Guide, Jacki Clements from Wild Blessing Ceremonies. Jacki is a wedding celebrant based in the South West UK and specialises in wild, adventurous and authentic boho inspired ceremonies, she is going to share with us her top 5 wildly wonderful wedding locations in Cornwall that will truly take your breath away.
So keep reading to find out more...
The main reason couples opt for a celebrant-led ceremony is because they can have their elopement or small wedding in Cornwall anytime of the day or night, at any location they choose, and their ceremony will be bespoke and personally written for them, telling their story in a meaningful celebration of their love.
Modern, nature-loving, adventurous couples are not afraid to leave behind outdated wedding traditions, rules, regulations or restrictions, and embrace the Cornish landscape, braving the weather to say their heartfelt vows in an amazing outdoor location. They know they will be rewarded with the most unique memories and an amazing backdrop for their wedding ceremony and photographs.
If you have a significant spot somewhere that holds precious memories for you, perhaps where you shared your first kiss or had your first holiday together, you have the freedom to host your small wedding ceremony there.
You can have the wedding of your dreams along with a gallery of stunning photographs that are totally unique.
I have 5 wonderful outdoor locations that you may not have considered for your small boho wedding in Cornwall. I hope these suggestions encourage you to embrace your bohemian ‘wildness’ and be brave enough to have an amazing outdoor wedding in a location that inspires you.
1- Stunning Sea Caves And Secret Coves
Cornwall has some large hidden sea caves which provide the most magical ceremony spaces for small outdoor celebrant-led weddings in Cornwall. Because they are not always well known, it keeps crowds away and they provide a great way to stay sheltered from unplanned rain showers.
The sea caves, some having the most beautiful colours of reds and greens can be lit with fire sticks adding a beautiful warmth and glow to the ceremony space. These atmospheric, dreamy sea cave weddings are truly perfect for adventurous boho couples. The entrance could have boho-inspired decor and natural elements like mats, rugs, blankets and a firepit if you don't have to carry these items too far. I have a selection of caves available for adventurous couples who book with me.
2- Ancient Atmospheric Sacred Circles
The remote corner of West Cornwall is definitely my most favourite part. It has the highest concentration of ancient sites in Europe: standing stones, stone circles, quoits, barrows, fogous, wells, Bronze Age settlements and hill forts. Some sites are at least 4000 years or more. There are quieter sites which are perfect for ceremonies. They are not crowded if you have a sunrise or sunset ceremony and you are able to avoid the Solstice or Equinox days when the sites are more popular with tourists. The Merry Maidens is easily accessible for your small wild outdoor wedding ceremony as it is next to the carpark, perfect if you need additional items for your rituals you are including into your small wedding ceremony.
3- Magical Mines
There are many popular and well known mines which provide a unique and unexpected option for your intimate elopement or handfasting ceremony in Cornwall. They provide an unusual backdrop for your wedding ceremony and for your photographs. I can recommend mines that are less popular and off the beaten track during the summer months as they can get very busy.
Some mines are sheltered so are a good option for an outdoor ceremony if rain is forecast. The engine house ruins at the top of the cliffs at Rinsey near Porthleven is a beautiful location but the path down into the cove is really steep so caution is needed if venturing there.
4- Fabulous Forests and Woodlands
Why not celebrate your intimate elopement somewhere as idyllic and magical as an enchanted forest in Cornwall. Your ceremony can take place within a gorgeous, ancient woodland surrounded by nature with all the beautiful sounds included like bird song, flowing water, leaves and branches swishing, swaying and rustling beside you. Picture yourselves in a peaceful and romantic glade for your ceremony, adorned with fairy lights and lanterns, offering a magical yet rustic feel and you will have created something unique and so special for your wedding day experience. Kennel Vale is a beautiful Forest with a waterfall and is an amazing choice for you.
5- Majestic Milky Way Or Full Moon - Your Choice!
Break away from outdated traditions and create your own alternative, meaningful ceremonies. Saying your vows on a beach during the full moon or celebrating your magical ceremony under a huge galaxy or stars is awe-inspiring yet humbling. These celebrant-led wedding ceremonies are perfect if you want to embrace nature without the crowds that descend into Cornwall during the holiday seasons. By eloping after dark, you will have something truly awesome, magical and unique. A wedding ceremony or Pagan handfasting that not many other couples will have had the chance to experience before. Cornwall has little light pollution so it’s perfect for being able to see the stars. At certain times of the year, the Milky Way is strong enough to see with the naked eye, in the right location and with the right conditions. If for any reason the skies do not clear you have the option of a sunset ceremony on top of dramatic cliffs .
I do believe it’s time for another ADVENTURE!
Some couples decide that they will go ahead and hold their ceremony outdoors come rain or shine. A bit of rain can actually create a really fun atmosphere on the day! However if you do decide to do this, please make sure any guests are aware so that they can dress appropriately. It’s also a lovely gesture to provide umbrellas and maybe even wellies for your guests, perhaps matching them with your chosen colour scheme – this looks fantastic in photos!
Just a note: You can celebrate your outdoor wedding, saying your personal vows and exchanging rings along with any other rituals you want to include, without having to legally get married under a licenced structure in front of your guests. If you do want to legalise your wedding, you can make an appointment at your local council office, for a simple signing of the register where you say your contractual words. You do not need to say any vows or exchange rings during your signing. Contact your local office for more details.
I hope you enjoyed reading about these top 5 outdoor locations to experience your wild outdoor wedding ceremony in Cornwall and you are excited to experience a wild ceremony for yourself somewhere unique, magical and perfect for you, with me as your Celebrant.
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Wow, we sure do have a treat for you on the blog this week!
We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay Coleman from Wide Sky Weddings to The Boho Bride Guide Blog. Lindsay is a wedding planner based in beautiful Scotland, UK.
Lindsay is kindly going to share with us her recent styled shoot in the Scottish Highlands. We can't wait for you to have a read of this post and admire the stunning images from this autumnal, scenic and sustainable inspired wedding shoot...enjoy!
The inspiration behind this shoot was three-fold.
Firstly, Lindsay wanted to demonstrate the beauty of a wedding in the Cairngorms National Park in the autumn. People tend to choose summer for their wedding, but other seasons here are even more beautiful and she wanted to illustrate this.
Secondly, Lindsay wanted to highlight the Cairngorms National Park as an amazing destination for couples to consider when planning their dream wedding location, and we couldn't agree more!
The shoot featured the couple only, but she intended for people viewing the images to interpret it in one of two ways – either the wedding is an elopement with just the two of them, or it may be a larger wedding but with the couple escaping for a while, to enjoy some private time together away from their guests.
Although the shoot took place in Scotland, instead of featuring traditional Scottish wedding themes, Lindsay wanted it to be the landscape selling the dream. We think she has portrayed this perfectly!
The loch images were taken in the Cairngorms National Park and gave a stunning location for the boat shots, the picnic scene and water/woodland images. The team had woken to wind and rain, but thankfully by the time they started, the weather was perfect by the water, giving some sunshine, but also enough cloud for Catriona to capture the beauty of the loch and woodland.
The second venue was Castle Roy in Nethy Bridge. This 12th century fortress has recently obtained permission from Historic Scotland to hold weddings within the walls or in the meadow below. The castle walls created such a dramatic feel for the shoot, a medieval edge and with spectacular views of the Cairngorms in the distance.
Lindsay from Wide Sky Weddings planned and styled the shoot. She began working on this shoot back in June and over the course of 3 months, brought on board a range of suppliers that changed from time to time. Lindsay ended up working with an amazing team and couldn’t be more proud of what they have produced.
As a planner, Lindsay offers her services to people looking to escape from busy towns and cities who wish to come to the Cairngorms for a wedding adventure set against a spectacular backdrop of the mountains. This may be an elopement or a larger wedding, and also works with couples wishing to renew their vows too.
Mhairi from The Gift Lounge in Grantown provided some beautiful wild grasses for the team to use at the castle as decoration and they just add that fabulous boho touch.
The dress for this shoot was incredible. Lindsay met the supplier, Jo from Julita London Bridal who recommended this particular dress, Gilded Lily.
Lindsay hadn’t realised until the day how perfect this dress was. The bride looked like a mermaid as she stood in the loch, the gold sequins sparkling beneath the water. When she was standing on the fallen tree the dress blended perfectly against the colour of the tree and as she stood against the castle walls, again, the dress merged with the colours of the ancient stone incredibly.
The fabulous vintage coat was loaned from a friend of Lindsay's who has owned the coat since her 18th birthday and for over 40 years. It looked perfect as an over garment for the dress and again, the colour was perfect for the theme.
The utterly gorgeous ‘Areli’ halo, worn by the bride, was made by Elizabeth Brown at Saint Beth Official. This was the final detail to perfect the look Lindsay wanted to create. It gave the style an added edge and complemented the feel of the shoot. The halo is made from up-cycled golden floral and leaf filagree, metal beads and hand painted to perfection. Stunning!
Lindsay chose Evercreatures as they are a sustainable business. Their wellies are made from natural rubber (latex) that is harvested from a rubber tree. The latex is harvested by tapping the tree and so is a completely sustainable process.
Amy Ferguson from The Third Aye made the stunning bespoke wedding rings and the necklace for the bride. All Amy’s jewellery is made using Fairtrade, recycled silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The bride’s engagement ring and wedding band lined up to depict the contour lines of the Cairngorm Mountain range and the groom's wedding band featured a rough rock finish.
Reflecting the sequins of the golden dress by Julita, the back necklace had three gold discs with the natural texture of nuggets fresh from the hillside.
Laura Ross from The Dolls House in Inverness was the fabulous hairdresser on the day. Her brief was to keep the look ‘fairly natural’. Laura created a stunning look for the bride involving beautiful twists with some of the hair, with the rest, curled and tumbling down. The crown needed to be fixed into the hair securely, and once in, it wasn’t falling out!
Stephanie Foran who owns The Dolls House in Inverness is an award-winning make-up artist with 18 years’ experience. The bride’s make up stayed on perfectly from 8am right until the end of the day, with only a touch of lippy needed after lunch. Make up was simple and beautifully understated with colours again, blending with the overall natural concept.
People assumed that being in Scotland, Lindsay would choose a kilt for her groom. However, the aim was for the landscape to highlight Scotland rather than any clothing, so she chose a very distinguished suit from the prestigious tailoring firm, Stewart Christie & Co in Edinburgh. This again blended perfectly with the autumnal colours of the shoot. The rich orange tie and handkerchief and even the thin orange lines running through the suit itself, suited the concept perfectly.
The beautiful flowers came from Jae at The Flower Company Inverness. Lindsay requested an autumnal, rustic bouquet and buttonhole for her couple, using a seasonal mix of blooms.
The colours were amazing, deep reds, oranges, dark greens and browns, perfectly autumnal. They also lasted well beyond the shoot.
The picnic-scape included a selection of beautiful picnic blankets and cushions made from recycled wool. The supplier, Rosie from Brolly Bucket in Glasgow, hires these out, along with the umbrellas (always needed on standby for an outside wedding in the Highlands!).
We had a picnic hamper, wine glasses and a silver cake knife from the Dell of Abernethy and a friend of Lindsay's sawed 3 wooden blocks to serve as rustic plates for her to place the ‘brie cake’, strawberries and wine on.
The cake was supplied by Katie from Torta by Katalin. Literally everything on the plate could be eaten – homemade Mini fruit tarts, fig and chocolate truffles, cherry and coconut lamingtons, but also edible real flowers from a local organic grower, and fruit. The fact that everything was edible meant there was no waste at the end of the day and most of it was locally sourced. The colours were all rustic and blended in with the autumnal theme perfectly.
The picnic food was a delicious ‘Brie Cake’ from Claire at More Fine Food. Piled high on top of the round brie was an array of colourful meats, fruits and olives, again all fitting with the autumnal, rustic colour scheme. Claire uses local, seasonal produce to support other local businesses and to reduce her carbon footprint. All her packaging is eco-friendly and sustainable.
They also featured the Original Angels Nectar, a blended malt from Highland and Speyside. It is a local company that also donate to the Cairngorm Trust, an organisation that supports environmental and community projects.
Catriona from Catriona Parmenter Photography, was the perfect photographer for the shoot. Living in the Cairngorms she knows the area well and spent time prior to the shoot planning the shots we needed to create this specific theme. Her photos are very rustic and emotive, and she easily creates a mystical magic in her work. She worked conscientiously to ensure that she got all the shots that each supplier had requested, and she made the ‘couple’ and the location look truly stunning. Catriona is very mindful of environmental factors particularly when sourcing her equipment and the labs she works with. She was quite literally the perfect photographer for this shoot.
Two fabulous models, Sylwia Kubasa and James Montgomery. James has never modelled before but I don’t think it will be the last time!
Lindsay's brand is very much about having fun, and without even mentioning this to anyone, these two fabulous people encapsulated the idea of fun naturally. The day was filled with laughter mainly due to the vibe coming from the couple.
"I think collectively we were all overwhelmed with the overall look of the finished images, and how well each supplier’s contribution had worked in unison to create this perfect blend of colour and style.
I may plan an indoors shoot at a wedding venue that I will be working with in the future, Muckrach Country House. I will also aim to do a shoot for each season of the year in the future."
Keep your eyes peeled for Lindsay's future shoots as we know each one will be absolutely incredible, just like this one!
Wide Sky Weddings - Stylist and planner
Catriona Parmenter Photography - Photographer
The Flower Company Inverness - Florist
The Dolls House Inverness - MUA
Laura Ross Hair Design at The Dolls House Inverness- Hair
The Third Aye - Wedding Jewellery
Julita London - Bridal Dress
Saint Beth official - Bridal Crown
Stewart Christie & Co - Groom’s suit
Evercreatures - Wellies
Sylwia Kubasa - Bride Model
James Montgomery - Groom Model
More Fine Food - Brie Cake
Torta by Katalin - Mini cakes/fruit
Nyetimber - Cuvee
Brolly Bucket - Umbrellas, picnic blankets and cushions
Angel Nectar - Whisky
Jackie Hichens - Vintage coat
The Dell of Abernethy - Sheepskin rugs, picnic hamper, glasses, candelabra
The Gift Lounge - Wild grasses
Castle Roy Nethy Bridge - Location
Planning a Relaxed, Sustainable & Locally Sourced Wedding in the British Countryside - A Real Wedding Feature
The styling inspiration for Ellie & Tim's wedding reflected the ethos of River Cottage, with food from the local area and the garden taking centre stage.
They wanted it to be relaxed and not too formal, so their guests could really enjoy themselves. There was a real focus on home grown and locally sourced goods adding a touch of sustainability to their wedding.
Ellie and Tim met online in April 2019. They clicked instantly and after a few dates it was clear they were meant to be together. Tim proposed up Machu Picchu on a once in a life time trip to Peru, a truly incredible and unforgettable experience.
Unfortunately, like many couples in 2020 and 2021, Ellie & Tim had to change the date of their wedding 3 times.
Ellie explained that postponing the first time was devastating as they felt they would never get the wedding they wanted. But actually their feelings about the wedding changed whilst waiting for their day to arrive.
Covid made the couple value their nearest and dearest even more so, and brought them closer together. They decided to keep their numbers small with only 40 people there on the day. This allowed them to spend time with everyone and made their time with family and friends even more expectional. They were even allowed to sing and dance with all their guests as Covid restrictions had completely eased.
We think that this will impact a lot of couples getting married in the future and make them re-think what really is important to them on their wedding day. Intimate and micro weddings may be a big thing for the future and we are all for it!
There was a theme of trees and wood for this countryside wedding, and the tables were all named after British Trees.
Tim made the candleholders from locally sourced wood and each table had a flower arrangement centred on a log.
Ellie loved the fact she could select a venue that showcased their ethos of home grown, locally sourced and produced food. They also designed their own personal menu with the chefs at River Cottage, including local Lyme Bay scallops, Lamb and all the veg was picked that day fresh from the River Cottage garden. Now, you can't get more local than that!
Dessert was a yummy Chocolate and Cider brandy ice cream, with fennel seed brittle.
The beautiful floral inspired wedding cake was designed by Angel Chops Cakes, all of which are lovingly hand made by Laura, the owner, in Scrumptious Sidmouth.
The flowers, were created by Ellie's mum and were all from her own garden or locally sourced. There was no fixed colour theme and they embraced what local flowers were available at the time.
We love the heavy floral focus of this wedding too, so natural and wildly romantic.
Laura Likes created the couples wedding invitations out of seed paper meaning they could be planted and grown by the guests. They were based around their wildflower, floral theme.
The couple also had a bespoke wedding newspaper made by Photopress UK, featuring photos, a crossword and the order of the day.
Ellie explained that she struggled to visit any bridal shops due to lockdown so she had to order something online. She ordered various dresses from John Lewis and tried them on at home with with her Mum, eventually finding her dress by Ghost with a vintage feel.
Ellie chose some Love from Hetty and Dave shoes to accompany her vintage bridal dress. Ellie opted for flats with an amazing Bowie themed Ziggy Stardust to match with her entrance song.
The bridesmaid dresses, bridal headpiece and bridal cape were all handmade by Ellie's very talented Mum.
Tim also made his tie clips from recycled cymbal. Amazing!
Little Red Bus Photobooth is a red VW camper and they provide amazing headdresses and props to take some truly memorable photos with your guests. Ellie and Tim said this was brilliant fun for their guests and the kids just adored it.
Ellie praised her wedding photographer Laura from FreeForm Images Photography, stating that she was amazing from start to end and gave such a personal service. The photographs were absolutely perfect and we totally agree!
Laura is one of our fabulous UK approved suppliers and offers a bespoke service in a documentary style. Ellie added that Laura 'captured all our guests and wedding details perfectly.'
This is what Ellie had to say about the favourite parts of her wedding day.
'The ceremony was truly fabulous. I walked down the aisle to David Bowies “Heroes” and we stood in front of the iconic River Cottage in the blazing sunshine saying the vows we had written for each other.'
Dancing and singing with their friends to Bohemian Rhapsody after all being apart for so long, and taking selfies in the Little Red Bus Photo booth, was a perfect ending to a perfect wedding!
Congratulations Ellie and Tim!
Thank you so much Ellie & Tim for sharing your sensational and sustainable wedding day with us!
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Lily of the Valley Hair Design - Bridal Hair
The Little Red Bus - Event Hire
Love from Hetty + Dave - Bridal Shoes
Photopress UK - Wedding Newspaper
Laura Likes - Wedding Stationery
Goldfinger - Wedding Rings
Angel Chops Cakes - Wedding cake
Julia Flatman Flowers - Flowers, Bridal Headpiece, Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridal Cape
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