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Real Wedding – Annie & Chris’s Romantic Cornish Clifftop Wedding

Photography by David Glover

A love of the coast meant that stunning seaside views were an absolute must for Annie & Chris’s wedding. Although determined to see other venues before making a decision, when they visited our Historic Fort with beach and sweeping coastal views in Cornwall, it captivated their hearts and they booked it there and then!



The Proposal

Chris and I met on a hockey pitch almost 15 years ago but it took ten years and me leaving to study in Prague for 5 months before we finally admitted any feelings for each other! After I returned, it took only a year before Chris took me on a weekend away to the Cornish coast for a posh meal and a seaside walk- the perfect time to propose!  However, we were interrupted by an unsuspecting couple also out for a walk.

Chris being so impatient, proposed at home the next day, and it took all of about 10 seconds for me to agree! Chris knew I wore very little jewellery and would only wear something extremely understated, so he bought a massive, tacky, £7 plastic ring from Sainsburys to propose with. Unfortunately I was stuck with it for 4 weeks while my hand-designed ring was made.. luckily it didn’t take any longer as my finger was slowly turning more and more green!

The Venue

We couldn’t help but fall in love with the space.  It was exciting to get married in a fort and it had the bonus of having it’s own private beach.

We tried to do as much of the decorating ourselves as possible, partly to keep down costs but also to make the day a lot more personal to us! My maid of honour, Chloe, made some amazing bunting for the main room, our sister in law Clare made our candles for the tables, we made our own favours (messages in a bottle) and we also managed to design and create our own invitations and guestbook. Our table plan was a large canvas of us, covered with printed polaroid photos of each guest along with their table numbers so that they could ‘find their face and take their place’.

Keeping things simple was essential to us to ensure that we got to concentrate on setting up for the big day and and enjoy spending time with all our nearest and dearest, to make new memories in one of our favourite places in the world.

Printed copies of your table plans/ seating plans/ bedroom layouts are an absolute godsend when you are being pulled in different directions by people trying to set different things up on Friday night! We made a little leaflet for the guests staying at the fort, pointing out toilets/ showers/ kitchen etc.  Also – James Buss is a legend in organisation of furniture, chairs, and changeovers, he made our day run so smoothly!

The Wedding

I laughed more during this weekend than any other time in my life! My bridesmaid Abi tripping over whilst starting her walk down the aisle, space hoppers on the dance floor and the best man proposing when he handed over the rings all made us laugh a lot, and playing Mr and Mrs was a highlight, although I think my little brother getting rather tipsy and showing off his best dance moves was the real crowd pleaser of the evening!

We thoroughly enjoyed the time around the wedding day too – making the most of having our favourite people around us! We went for a play in the sea with all our guests on Sunday morning, taking blow up boats so that the children could join in too and they loved it!

The Details

Space & Rock Venue – Historic Fort with Private Beach

Photographer – David Glover

Flowers – Hannah Burnett

Cake – Bay Tree Cakes

Notes on 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)!

To discover more about this incredible space, view their Space & Rock listing.


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