Angela and Keith chose to marry in our stunning Historic Fort space on the Cornish clifftops. Their summer wedding was planned in just 9 months and was packed with colour, fun and emotion.
Words by Angela, the Bride.
Tell us about your venue
We chose Polhawn Fort because it was my dream! I had seen it online 6 years prior, when I was single. While we were still just friends, I showed Keith proclaiming, “I’m going to get married there”, to which he replied, “You need to get a boyfriend first”. When we finally did get together, two and a half years into our relationship Keith arranged for a surprise weekend away, but did not tell me where we were going. He booked a lovely place for us to stay in Whitsand Bay, with a hot tub and a lovely view of the area but I never realised how close we were to the Fort. One evening, Keith pulled a jewellery box from his pocket, got down on one knee opened the box, with the most beautiful, big diamond ring and proposed. I was completely surprised. The next day, Keith had booked for us to view Polhawn Fort and told them his plans to propose the day before. When we arrived, they knew our story, asked to see the ring and were excited to hear about how it had gone the day before. I was a mess, I just kept crying, it was my dream venue and it was all coming true. I couldn’t believe I was standing in the venue I’d dreamed about for years.
How did you style your day?
We chose pastel colours – pink, yellow, blue, purple, peach, green. The whole day was handmade; sparkling champagne glasses for the wedding party, pastel coloured bunting, heart-shaped wooden names tags, popcorn favours, a wooden campervan box for the wedding cards and a brightly coloured surfboard.
Tell us about the wedding meal
We used Richard Mcgeown at APT Catering. Richard was amazing through the whole thing. We tried our bespoke wedding menu at his restaurant in Polperro, he helped us plan everything intricately and even bought a few things for us the day before, which we had forgotten. Almost everyone we spoke to after the meal commented on how amazing the food was.
What were some of the stand out moments of the day?
Putting the ring on Keith’s finger and Harry’s speech, my 12-year old son. He had the entire room in tears. The bestmen’s speech was hilarious. They didn’t take it easy on Keith, including a life-sized cardboard cut-out of him from the stag do! Not sure the family needed to see that!
What advice do you have for future couples getting married at this venue?
Use the list of contacts in the venue’s wedding pack. They all know what they are doing and most of them have worked there together before. Try to take it all in on the day. Get away from the party, just the two of you for five minutes here and there.
What would you differently?
I forgot to tell someone to light the candles on the tables. It’s only a small thing but annoying all the same.
Photography – Luna Weddings
Florist – Ruth Andrew
About this Space
Our historic 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, view the listing for this amazing space.