Real Life: September Love

Olivia & Ethan

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th September 2019

Wedding celebrations full of love, laughter & personal touches.

Choosing Trevenna

“We’re both from Devon and knew we wanted to get married near to where we grew up, so we started looking at venues in the southwest online. We’d finally narrowed it down to three venues we wanted to view in person, and while the first two were nice, the feeling we both had the moment we arrived at Trevenna was unmatched. Looking around the grounds and all the rooms in the gorgeous cluster of charming barn conversions only confirmed it further. The venue itself is beautifully kept – all the cleaners do a fantastic job, and the gardeners make the setting look absolutely exquisite. Who needs to fork out thousands on extra wedding flowers when you’re already in the middle of stunning Cornish countryside?

The Bridal Entrance

Another thing we loved about Trevenna was the fact that it was a blank canvas. We’re both creative people and were really excited by the prospect of making the venue our own for the weekend. In fact, while we look back on our actual wedding day with fondness, we keep talking about how great the day before was – we spent the whole afternoon decorating and preparing, to end the evening sharing a BBQ with some of our guests. While being hands on with prep may seem stressful for some couples, it was the opposite for us and it helped set the scene for the relaxed wedding day we wanted.

We wanted a fairly intimate wedding (we had around 55 guests in total), and having both left our hometowns for university and moved away for work, our friends were scattered around the world as far flung as North Carolina. We wanted to enjoy their company for longer than just the afternoon if we could, so finding out we could have an exclusive wedding weekend with most guests staying with us at Trevenna overnight on both the night before and night of our wedding sealed the deal for us.

Walking through the Gardens to the Arbour

All the planning guides Trevenna provided us with were so helpful. Thinking about food, accommodation, lighting, seating, table plans, evening entertainment and more all at the same time…it’s very easy to let it get overwhelming. But the individual guides Trevenna had prepared for us helped us stay on track.”


“We wanted to ensure our colours were in keeping with the venue’s aesthetic as well as the season, but as far as ‘themes’ go, we’ve never really been lovers of them. Although, without one, it was difficult to maintain a level of continuity with our decorations.

Wedding Feast Decorations 

One thing we were sure of was wanting to inject meaning and significance by mirroring what makes us who we are with the decorations. With this in mind, we used portraits of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days as centrepieces. Our favours were delicious pistachio cannoli to reflect our love Italy and support our favourite local Italian cafe, Gusta.

Seating Plan

A lot of our finishing touches were handmade by us; I painted a couple of peg dolls to look like us, we made confetti cones, name cards and reserved signs, and we created the table plan from an old barn door.”

Place Settings

Table Numbers

Craft Beer Bottles filled with Flowers

“We’re both fans of craft beer, so our table flowers were mostly presented in brown bottles we started collecting several months before.”

Guest Book

Handmade Mr & Mrs Peg Dolls


Olivia & Ethan were married under the beautiful handmade wood and slate Arbour in the grounds of Trevenna.

The Arbour

Glass Jars Filled With Flowers & Greenery

The Newlyweds!

Dried Petal Confetti


Served in the Garden Venue on Rustic Trestle tables.

“The catering was especially great – from the delicious scones in each room to welcome our guests and the delicious BBQ the night before, to the bridal breakfast, canapés, wedding breakfast and evening buffet of pasties and cheese boards…everything was homemade and delicious.

Mini Yorkshire Pudding, Pulled Beef & Horseradish Canapés

“The food festival that Trevenna hosted several months before our wedding was amazing and helped us so much when it came to deciding our menu. The chefs were very receptive to small recipe tweaks, such as adding ginger to the lemon meringue pie and a couple of extra vegetables to our main course.

All dishes were perfectly balanced – not too frilly, but certainly not pedestrian either. Exactly on brief for an intimate, relaxed wedding with our closest family and friends.”

Wedding Feast Tables

Introducing the new Mr & Mrs


Sharing Starters

Cornish Blue Cheese & Leek Filo Tart

Homemade Duck Pate

Cured Cornish Deli Coppa Ham, Beef Brezola & Chorizo

Trevenna’s home made breads served with Cornish Butter & dipping olive & balsamic oils


Cornish Leg of Lamb, Roasted Potatoes, Seasonal Greens & Roasted Parsnip & Carrot

Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet, Herb Potatoes, Vine Tomatoes, Salsa Verdi

Homity Pie, Roasted Roots & Seasonal Greens

Trio of Desserts 

Ginger & Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Posset with Raspberry Compote

Dark Chocolate Tart & Pistachio Ice Cream

Speeches & Toasts


The Dress!

“I’d tried on quite a few dresses way in advance because I wasn’t entirely sure what shape or style I wanted. I definitely had an overall vibe in mind, but so often dresses that I’d gone mad for on Pinterest just weren’t the right shape on me.

I also bought the shoes way before the dress, so I needed the dress to work with them (they were a low-heeled pair of Mary Janes in emerald green velvet). I adore Temperley Bridal’s coloured Bibi Gown, and flirted with buying a Needle & Thread wedding dress, but in the end I chose Catherine Deane’s Harley Gown. I loved the silhouette, the pretty chiffon bows on the shoulders and oyster silk under the beaded top – but letting loose on the dance floor wearing that was an impossibility, so I changed into a Ghost jumpsuit for the evening.”

The Stunning Wedding Dress


“One supplier that all our guests had incredible things to say about was our band, The T Tones.

Finding a band was really difficult – while the music was great, some singers sadly didn’t do the originals justice, but The T Tones were spot on. They have a fantastic repertoire, brought all their own lighting and had amazing stage personality that helped our friends and family get on their feet.”

Kicking off the Evening Celebrations

Wedding Photography

“Our photographers were Jo and Patrick from Enchanted Brides.

We could not have asked for better photographers for both our wedding and engagement shoot. When we booked, it was just Jo at the time (she was the one we arranged everything with and she singlehandedly did our engagement shoot – we then created an album of these to use as our guestbook) but Patrick joined our wedding as a secondary photographer and we’re so glad he did because each special moment was captured from different angles.

They are such free spirited and beautiful people inside and out and worked with passion. This is what everyone should look for in a photographer, especially a wedding photographer – avoid anyone too stiff and robotic (think of that classic school portraits! Yikes). Jo and Patrick put us both completely at ease.

We barely even noticed them throughout the ceremony and wedding breakfast and yet they managed to capture incredible shots that we’ll treasure for years to come. Everyone who’s seen the photos has commented on how beautiful they are – a true testament to their amazing photography skill and style.”

Wedding Flowers

“We made the decision to handle all flowers ourselves. We watched lots of YouTube tutorials, attended a 1 on 1 bouquet-and-boutonniere-making class with Eithne at Ivy and Twine, and ordered everything from Triangle Nursery to arrive 2 days before our wedding.

This gave me the whole of Thursday to prep and condition them, and the whole day Friday to make bouquets, transport all flowers to Trevenna, and start arranging in situ before our guests arrived for the BBQ in the evening. The thought of doing it all ourselves was quite nerve-wracking at first, and we only placed the order with Triangle Nursery six days before our wedding, but in the end it was one of the most fulfilling experiences; so much so that we hope to help our friends with their own flowers when they tie the knot.”

The Bridal Bouquet Full of Seasonal Blooms

The Beautiful Bride & Bridesmaid Bouquets

Bridal Make Up

“My bridesmaids found our makeup artist Stacey on Instagram. While I like wearing makeup, I never liked the sensation of too much of it on my face. I wanted to be able to feel and see my skin, and the finished result was exactly what I wanted and lasted all day.

Stacey is such a warm, lovely person and really helped to put me at ease on the morning of our wedding.”

Getting Ready


“A huge centrepiece at our wedding breakfast that everyone commented on was the suspended oak plank, which we decorated with flowers ourselves. Alex and Cassie Darling at Light Up Weddings provided this with stunning Edison bulbs hanging from it, along with beautiful festoon lights to frame the grounds after dark, and more Edison bulbs under the arbour.”



Suspended Oak Plank With Hanging Vintage Bulbs

Garden Games & Decor

“Another thing that was a big hit with guests of all ages, especially the little ones, was the lawn games.

We hired giant Jenga and Connect Four from Stargazey Wedding Hire, along with lots of decor items such as a tall vintage ladder we could decorate with flowers and lights, hanging jars we filled with flowers to line the aisle, and voile we used to decorate the arbour outside.”


Garden Games


Wedding Cake

“A family friend of ours made the cake for us; a lemon and poppyseed drum cake with a citrus buttercream and bergamot glaze.

The log slice it sat on was chopped from a tree in our family friend’s garden, and Ethan has since made a side table out of it.”

Homemade Wedding Cake


“Take the time to savour being with all your guests. When I was writing my speech, it dawned on me that all our nearest and dearest would be in one room together for what was most likely going to be the only time in our lives. It was such a lovely feeling to introduce different groups of friends and family to each other for the first time, and finally connect the different pockets of both our lives together.”

The Newlyweds

“Pinterest can be your friend, but it can also be your enemy. We had a rough idea of the vibe we wanted, but in terms of style, we pinned things of so many different styles. We loved each one equally, but knew we couldn’t blend them as seamlessly as we hoped. This was particularly challenging with the flowers. Just be decisive by picking one particular reference you like and stick to it. It will save you a lot of faff.

Don’t lose sight of what you’re doing. Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming, and it can be easy to fall victim to pressure, but try not to forget why you’re doing it in the first place. When making your plans, think about what’s important to you as a couple. Don’t feel pressured by societal norms and conventions. Remember, it’s your day – just because someone might encourage you to invite a distant relative you hardly see, it doesn’t mean you have to!”

The Arbour Under Moonlight

“The wedding hosting team were fantastic throughout the entire planning process – thank you so much for being so patient with our endless questions and keeping us on track with friendly reminders! On the day, our wedding hosts, Sam and Andy, were the most amazing pair. They were there for every little thing we needed and worked tirelessly to be on hand for the entire weekend.

Olivia & Ethan

Congratulations Olivia & Ethan from Team Trevenna xxx

Photography by Enchanted Brides