Gareth & Rebekka – Beacon Crag

bride and groom with sparklers

Gareth & Rebekka

1st September 2018

Venue for ceremony & reception

Both our wedding ceremony and reception were held at Beacon Crag, Porthleven. We had an outdoor, humanist ceremony followed by a marquee wedding reception. We wanted to be as close to the sea as possible and Beacon Crag definitely ticked that box. The cliff top location is spectacular. The owner, Samantha, is really friendly and the venue had good spaces with stunning sea views for both the marquee and our outdoor ceremony.  Kim Baker from Humanists UK performed our ceremony; it was lovely and very personal to us.

Themes/colour schemes

We love to travel so that was some inspiration for the wedding style. All we had for the wedding was a marquee and the lawns so we had a blank canvas to put our own mark on the day. We had friends attending from all over the world so we made a sign pointing to all the different places people had travelled from to acknowledge their efforts – we even had guests fly in from New York and Dakar, Senegal!

The colour scheme was blues and greens and instead of bunting we had personalised papel picado handmade in Mexico, ordered from Mexican Decorations on Etsy.

Photography – Grant Lampard Photography

We liked his portfolio and he was great, really relaxed when we first met him and gave a lot of advice and pointers. We loved his photos.

Bridal Wear – Hand made by Rebekka

I didn’t feel comfortable with the fuss of a formal bridal shop experience, plus they wanted 5-6 months and thousands of pounds to make what I thought were quite simple designs.  So I found a style I liked on Pinterest by a French designer called Laure de Sagazan and decided to try and make a variation on it. I ordered the fabric online and sewed it together by hand, then one of my mum’s friends did the seams and hem with a machine because I don’t have one!

Bridesmaids dresses – Show Me Your Mumu

Mismatched dresses were ordered online from Show Me Your Mumu in the US and delivered to a friend’s office in San Francisco!

Suits – shop bought

Gareth doesn’t like wearing a suit so he put together an outfit from various high street shops.

Flowers – Rebekka’s mum

We found examples on Pinterest that we liked and asked my mum to work with James from Flowers by Clowance to create with flowers that were in season. My mum’s done flowers for several wedding so we were in good hands!

Catering – Miss Tea (day) and Bray’s & K’s (evening)

We had delicious vegetarian sharing platters from Miss Tea through the day, and we had friends make some deserts. We provided all the drinks for the day from a booze cruise to France – we love Calais Vin and will be back! Gareth even brewed his own wedding beer for the day and he built the bar for the drinks to be served from! We had some delicious pasties delivered for the late evening food from ‘Bray’s and K’s’.

Entertainment – The Tritones (band 1) and Granite Pants (band 2)

We had an awesome band called ‘The Tritones’ who came down from Bristol to play during the evening. They performed a song Bekka wrote herself for our first dance and they even let us sing a song! After they finished we had another band, ‘Granite Pants’, formed from some friends of ours, play music into the small hours! During the day we had our own music playing through our friend’s PA system.

Who they used

Venue – Beacon Crag, Porthleven
Marquee – Absolute Canvas
Catering – Miss Tea & Bray’s & K’s via Facebook
Catering Supplies – Trevarno Marquee & Event Hire
Humanist – Kim Baker from Humanists UK
Photography – Grant Lampard Photography
Bridesmaids – Show Me Your Mumu
Flowers – Flowers by Clowance
Cheese Cake – The Cheese Shed
Entertainment – The Tritones

Memorable moment

We had a Hawaiian style lei ceremony during the wedding where we presented floral leis to our parents and they placed leis on us. Our friends Jess and Vicky (surgeons by day!) made the leis in secret so it was a complete surprise for our parents.  It was a really lovely moment where we were able to acknowledge their importance to us.

Top tip

There is a lot of work that goes into creating a wedding – make sure that both you and your partner work hard on it together. We made sure we had a 50:50 split on organising and doing everything. Also, don’t be afraid to ask family and friends to help out, they want to be part of your day too. We had so much work to do to prepare for the day that we couldn’t have achieved it without them. Finally, remember to have fun too, the day goes really quickly, it’s rare to have all your friends and family together at one time so enjoy it as much as you can.

wedding reception in a marquee with blue bunting wedding table plan using countries they have visited bride holding her wedding bouquet of white flowers