Joy and Adams DIY Wedding on a shoestring in Cornwall.

I’ve been so excited about this day for a long time just because I know the amount of passion that has gone into creating it all and not just from the Bride and Groom, but from all their friends and family too! Passion and creativity wins every time and I’m so pleased I’m able to show you all how to have the perfect day on a budget.

Joy and Adam had a ton of ideas for their wedding in St Ives, Cornwall; from the hand made invitations, the bunting and decorations to the “bring a plate of food” requests to all the guests!

Although part of the day was traditional with the ceremony being held in a beautiful sea side church, the whole feel of the day was more of an informal celebration. Friends and family really did chip in with as much hands on help as possible.

Joy wore the same silk wedding dress her mum wore when she married in 1954!  (I know! kept so well after all these years)..and Joy’s mum even walked her down the aisle and gave her away!  It was simply stunning and a very emotional moment.   The car that brought Joy and her mum to the wedding was a beautiful white BMW convertible driven by a friend ‘Mark’. Joy’s friend Caroline (also happens to own a salon in St Ives) created the amazing boho hairstyle, and the flawless makeup was by Joy’s friends daughter Sasha. What brilliant friends to have!

The list continues:

Adams mum made the gorgeous sugar flowers around the wedding cake which was also made by Joy herself (no end of talents here!) I can confirm was looooovely too!  and Adam’s dad picked 80 hydrangeas from his garden to supply the venues with flowers.

Joy and Louise made the bunting and decorated the venue with the help of the bridesmaids, it was so lucky that this couple know a lot of chefs and brilliant cooks. Many of their friends dropped off dishes of food to the venue in the morning, whilst Joy’s mum baked 100 pasties.

Joy and Adam’s cute doggy Milo also attended the service in his smart collar and bow tie and led the procession with them as they walked with their guests carrying the hand tied flowers in bottles from the church to the golf club behind them for the celebrations to continue.

As guests sipped on bubbles, we took some time away from the party for a walk on the beach and to take some portrait shots with the stunning backdrop of Godrevy lighthouse and the golden sands of Hayle behind us in the late afternoon sun. After, we head back up the footpath to explore the church grounds again. Here’s the best bit – we spotted a little bird nest just inside the church entrance where we stopped for some photos and there was a moment when the mummy bird swooped out between the newlyweds and just missed my camera!  What an incredible moment to capture! We did a little squeal and a dance of excitement when we realised I got the bird in shot.

The rest of the day went by in a haze of acoustic guitar tunes from local ‘buskin blues man’ Tom Dale, yummy food and bubbles to drink in the warm summer sunset, and with just Adam and his best mans speech to be done there was a surprise from the bride who had been busy in the morning baking 3 cakes for 3 guests who had a birthday that day……including one for me!  This truly blew me away, thanks Joy!

So you see Ladies and Gents! It really is possible to have a fantastic wedding for under £2k…YES!! If you have amazing friends and a creative mind its all very achievable!

Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Thomas. You guys totally smashed this DIY Wedding on a shoestring and I for one LOVED every minute!


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