Photography by Woodstock Photography
The wild and rugged Cornish coastline provided the stunning back drop for this super colourful, chilled out wedding. Sophie and Jake wanted a beautiful venue where they could supply their own food and accommodate all their closest family. When they discovered our ‘Historic fort with beach and coastal views’ venue, they knew they’d found what they were searching for.
Sophie & Jake: We met on the very first day of university in Plymouth at the course induction in 2009. We became close friends and 6 years later moved in together in London. A year later, on a family holiday in France, we went to the beach and I popped the question! She said ‘the box is upside down’!
We spent 10 months planning the wedding, but to be honest nearly everything was in place within a month. I couldn’t rest until there was nothing left to Google!
We chose to use colours of turquoise and coral of all shades throughout the elements of our day. We like things to be brightly coloured and it worked out really nicely with the bright blue sky in all of our photos!
We were quite hands on and made the table plan, popcorn name cards/favours and my mum made a whole pile of rose petal confetti.
To get ready for our first dance, we took dance lessons. Jake knew how much I wanted us to learn to dance together, so for Valentine’s day he surprised me with a set of dance lessons with Jess Brichto of ‘Start the Dance’. We chose an upbeat Michael Buble song (Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow) and Jess choreographed us a FULL 4-minute routine. The dance was one of our best moments of the day. Hearing the whoops and cheers as our guests realised what was happening.
I felt really emotional before the ceremony! I cried the entire way down the aisle (outdoors so a very, very long way) and throughout the ceremony. My mum walked me down the aisle as my dad passed away a few years ago. Mum and I each did a speech, too…girl power!
If I were to give advice to anyone hiring this venue, I’d say hire James [venue wedding coordinator]!! We were so nervous about everything but on the day I didn’t notice anything go wrong – turned out a lot did, but James fixed it before I could even notice.
I worried a lot about how it was all going to look (being DIY and all!) when really the venue is so stunning, flowers and some splashes of colour were all it needed.
Photographer: Woodstock Photography
Catering: Posh Nosh Event Catering
Flowers: Ruth Andrews
Cake: Cut Me Off a Slice
About the venue
Polhawn Fort is a one-off, unique kind of place. It stands alone, quite literally. So if you’re looking for a coastal wedding venue to make your own, you’ve probably found it. Imagine a home-from-home vibe and you’re halfway there (if ‘home’ happens to be a Napoleonic fort, complete with drawbridge)!
There’s a set of steps leading from the Fort directly down to our very own beach where you can steal a little private time together, frolic in the waves with your wedding guests and catch some very special memories – the sea views from the beach are almost surreal.