Then roller into roller curled
And thundered down the rocky bay,
And we were in a water world
Of rain and blizzard, sea and spray,
And one against the other hurled
We struggled round to Greenaway.
Blesséd be St Enodoc, blesséd be the wave,
Blesséd be the springy turf, we pray, pray to thee…
Sir John Betjeman: Trebetherick
Along the Cornish coast, where the Camel Estuary flows into the great Atlantic Ocean, there is a place called Rock. It waves to Padstow across the inlet, and this is the location they chose to celebrate their marriage. Melissa and Richie’s Cornwall wedding had a nautical theme arising from the stunning location and their close connection with the Navy.
These celebrations were personal, from the details of Melissa’s bespoke gown, to the myrtle in her bouquet that her sister gathered from her mother’s garden, to the Guard of Honour that greeted the newly married couple as they left the chapel in the sand dunes.
They married at the Chapel of St Enodoc. Dating from 1430, the church spent the 18th and 19th centuries buried in the sand dunes, with access available only through a skylight. Now fully renovated, it has the most beautiful aspect amongst the dunes, looking out over the coastline. A place of such poetic beauty, it’s little surprise that it was chosen as the resting place of Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman.
The single bell in the spire was rescued from a ship. The clear distinctive sound rang out across the landscape as Melissa made her way to the ceremony – the magic of that moment so memorable, with rain in the air and the most incredible golden winter glow in the clouds.
After the ceremony, a Guard of Honor formed outside the church lead by Lt Cdr Rich Talbot, made up of Officers of HMS PORTLAND, Principal Warfare Officers from Richie’s course and Melissa’s first students from BRISTOL URNU. The guests followed the newly weds through the dunes, across the golf course towards the reception.
While the guests we transported to the St Moritz Hotel, Melissa and Richie stole a few moments amongst the sands and rocks of Daymer Bay. A watercolour wash backdrop for moments of precious joy.
The St Moritz Hotel was a stunning space for their reception, the restaurant transformed for their Wedding Breakfast with candles and table names inspired by the shipping forecast. The idea for favours for this wedding are one of my favourite. Each guest has a lobster adopted for them and named by Melissa and Richie, with the names of famous film couples serving for inspiration, and “Adopt a lobster” certificates from the Padstow Lobster Hatchery were set at each place. The hatchery also gave a ‘his and hers’ adoption to the bride and groom. The hatchery will release a wedding party of lobsters to walk the sea floor! To accompany the certificates, Melissa crocheted 90 blue and pink lobsters, one for each place setting, and two larger lobsters to decorate the top table.
Jake and I adored every minute of this wedding, from the wildness of the landscape and the real weather to the personal, deep and heartfelt details. Melissa and Richie start their marriage supported by a very close group of friend and family, and we wish them every happiness.
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Melissa and Richie’s Cornwall St Moritz wedding team:
Church: St. Enodoc
Reception Venue: St Moritz Hotel
Melissa’s dress: Gilly Woo – designed with Bride
Melissa’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik, (also her Something Blue)
Melissa’s details: Veil and Jacket: Gilly Woo; Pearl Necklace was Melissa’s grandmother’s, Bracelet Melissa’s mother’s.
Hair: Tracey Sweeting, Me:Me
Makeup: Melissa herself
The Bridesmaids dresses and details: Dresses: Coast, Fur Coats: Dorothy Perkins
Flower girls dresses and details: Dress: M&S, Accessories: Accessorize
The bouquets, buttonholes and venue flowers: Flowers from Bruallen
Flowers at the church were done by the lovely ladies of St Enodoc’s church.
Richie’s suit: Naval No 1 uniform
Stationary: Created by the Bride from Wedding Chicks website
Table Plan: Shipping Forecast Wedding Table Plan made by Bride from Poster by Tabitha Mary.
Wedding Favours: “Adopt a lobster” certificates from the Padstow Lobster Hatchery with crocheted lobsters made by Melissa.
The cake: Made by the Richie’s sister’s best friend, Karen Hastings – Ace of Cakes
Music: St Enodoc’s organist, Gill Gowan; Solo Violin – Rebecca Taunton, friend of the bride
Photographer: Ria Mishaal