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Real Wedding – Winter Wedding in a Cornish Clifftop Fortress

Photography by Indigo Perspective

Amelia and Ben’s elegant winter wedding at the breathtaking Polhawn Fort was filled with gorgeous details. The couple, originally from Plymouth, planned their Cornish wedding while living in Australia, and incorporated their love of travel into their day.

Who proposed, how and where?

Ben proposed to me on a beach in Monkey Mia, which is a beautiful part of Western Australia. We were walking along the beach to go on a boat trip and he just stopped me, asked me to close my eyes, placed the ring in my hand and asked me to marry him.

Tell us about some of the details of the wedding day

We had our wedding in the main ceremony area. It was winter wedding and we just loved the feel of the room, with the fire at one end. The room was dressed with lights and an ivy wall and it was perfect. A lovely cosy setting for our perfect day!

Ruth did our flowers. She was amazing. I had a waterfall bouquet, which was made up of beautiful white flowers, with a hint of blush and gold. The bridesmaids had single stem bouquets, which were a large white flower. Ruth made us little jam jars full of flowers for the table decorations and we also used these to stand on the side of the aisle for the ceremony. She did such an amazing job with flowers. The wall was dressed with ivy and she created a beautiful display to sit on the mantle in room 1.

I wore a simple, ivory, lace gown, (with a huge train!), called Andrea by Maddison James. I added straps, which sat off the shoulder to create a bardot look. I purchased it in Australia in a beautiful shop called Collezione. The bridesmaid dresses were made by Pia Gladys Perry and were all “rose latte” in colour. The girls wore a combination of dresses from the range and our two little flower girls wore a dress from monsoon.

My accessories were mainly from Australia. I have a rose gold engagement (and now wedding) ring, so wanted it all to match. I wore rose gold and pearl and also wore my late grandmothers gold and diamond ring.  Adele Hack did our hair and makeup. She was amazing!!

How did you style your day?

I wanted a soft, vintage look but we had a travel theme throughout out day. Our theme was based around “the adventure begins”, which was our cake topper. We purchased a world map and a frame and designed our table plan on that. Our tables were named after the places we’d visited together. Ben and I are both from Plymouth, we met in Zante on a holiday and now live together in Australia.

We had a friend design our menus, which were rose gold leaf, she also designed a sandwich board style sign for us, and our name places, which we attached to little bottle of home made slow gin.

And what about the food and drink?

The food was supplied by Crue Events. We dealt with Hayley. She was fantastic. The food was amazing. We went with a sharing menu. It was antipasti, bread, olives etc to start and then we had slow roasted lamb, and a huge selection of side dishes, which we chose. Desert was either lemon posset or chocolate mousse.

In the evening we just had a small buffet called a “Cornish larder”.

Our cake had a map of the world on it. It was almost too beautiful to eat! I loved the look and feel of our day. It complimented the historic, cosy feel of the fort. It was made by Claire from Claire’s Cakes. It was lemon, chocolate and a Victoria sponge.

We purchased our own wine, carefully chosen by my dad from a variety of supermarkets and then we hired a bar to come in and serve the evening drinks. The bar company also did our welcome drinks, mulled cider.

What was your favourite part of the day?

It had to be the ceremony. I loved it. It was so special. I really got lost in the moment and knowing that everyone I loved was in one room made it all the more special!!

Anything you’d say to couples considering this venue?

The location cannot be beaten in my mind. The fort itself is laced in history and as soon as you step inside it feels cosy. You walk outside and are met with the most breathtaking scenery. It is so special. I loved the combination of history, and the beauty of the beach and sea.

The Details

Photography – Indigo Perspective

Venue – Historic Fort with beach and sweeping coastal views

Flowers – Ruth Andrew Flowers

Cake – Clares Cakes

Catering – Cru Events

Wedding Dress – Madison James

Bridesmaids Dresses- Pia Gladys Perey

Flowergirls Dresses – Monsoon

MUA & Hair – Prom Wedding Hair

Bar – Mobile BarsSouthwest

Band – Keiko Rise

On the day wedding coordination – Planning Elegance 

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.

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