Magical and charming, in the present day’s marriage ceremony is a real celebration of fairytale woodland fashion and quaint, non-traditional practices.

Include me to Constantine in Cornwall for the beautiful marriage ceremony of marriage ceremony photographers Sarah and Jonathan. On 12 October 2021, Sarah and Jonathan, who’re the proficient creatives behind Lyra & Moth, wed in a magical out of doors ceremony within the woodland at Potager Backyard, Constantine, Cornwall.

Impressed by the Autumnal forest and ethereal really feel of Arthur Rackham’s Fairytale illustrations, the couple added Renaissance vibes with décor of fruits, beeswax candles and pure foliage and flowers for his or her glasshouse reception.


“We all the time knew we needed to get married outside at Potager Backyard. We often go there for lunch because it’s a vegetarian cafe so it means Jon can eat something.”

“The beauty of Potager Gardens is that even when the climate is moist, it’s nonetheless a gorgeous, pure area indoors surrounded by crops and nature. Folks could be actually cosy indoors, regardless of the climate.”

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“The vibe we had in thoughts was Arthur Rackham’s Fairytales meets Renaissance with ethereal vibes. We had been impressed by scenes in Renaissance work so we embellished with fruits like pomegranates, grapes and figs on the tables and picked up limitless treasures from charity retailers to carry our pure beeswax candles.”

“We didn’t have a color scheme in thoughts a lot as a temper – mushy, pure, autumnal, woody.”

Equipment had been easy, only a flower crown by florist Clare Webb at The Cornish Chopping Backyard and rings made by Hannah Batstone, a Cornish artisan primarily based in Penryn.

Sarah’s hair and make-up had been styled by Ione Kutz of Ione Make-up and Hair Artist. 

Sarah’s perfume was Flowerbomb Midnight by Victor Rolf.

“I needed a very autumnal scent with a slight spice to it and it was good. I attempted on a whole lot of perfumes earlier than I lastly discovered that one”

The bride needed a relaxed, non-traditional robe for her day, approaching designer Ailsa Munro to hand-make this ethereal, whimsical piece for her within the palest of blush tones. It featured a tulle cape and delicate ivy detailing.

“I knew I couldn’t face going right into a boutique. I’ve ADHD and never solely do I discover store lighting actually impacts me, I don’t just like the strain of attempting on attire and talking to gross sales individuals; I’m fairly awkward with issues like that.”

“I all the time knew I needed my costume hand-made. I met Ailsa via working collectively on styled shoots and I knew instantly that in the future, she’d be the girl to make my marriage ceremony costume. She created a bespoke design for me primarily based on little facets I cherished from her numerous present attire. We added a cape and huzzah! It was good. I cherished my costume a lot and it was so comfy too.”

“I don’t swimsuit white in any respect so having a ‘barely blush’ costume labored higher for my pores and skin and hair tones. Ailsa was a dream at realising my imaginative and prescient and serving to with recommendation.”

“She additionally stitched mine and Jon’s initials secretly into my costume which was a very pretty little contact.”

“I needed one thing not usually bridal. I needed one thing that was fairly ethereal and fairy-ish however having a protracted prepare isn’t sensible for a woodland venue or cuddling and selecting up a 3 yr outdated, so we went with a flowy tulle cape and dreamy poet sleeves.”

“I really like every little thing about my costume, from the translucent sleeves to the ivy element on the skirt however most of all, the cape. I actually did really feel like a fairy.”

Sarah’s bridesmaids got a quick of ‘pale, creamy tones’, every deciding on a special robe to swimsuit their very own character and magnificence.

“Everybody had one thing completely completely different however they got here along with the greenery crowns, bouquets and boots. I didn’t wish to put everybody in the identical costume as I needed everybody to have one they might put on once more and convey out the facets of their personalities of their outfits. I additionally love mis-match as a vibe – I’m not a really uniform kind of individual.”

“The transient was cozy autumn boots, a lot to my Nan’s disdain! I assumed it gave off a cottage core vibe however apparently, it’s a contentious level with the older and extra conventional members of the family.”

The transient for my bridesmaids was cozy autumn boots, a lot to my Nan’s disdain!

The couple’s little daughter, Lyra, was flower woman. She wore a hand-crafted linen costume, made by Ailsa Munro, with an embroidered moth on the entrance.

“She loves it and nonetheless wears it now.”

Consistent with the pure, woodland fashion, Jonathan selected a deep inexperienced Coronary heart & Dagger swimsuit (no contact particulars), worn with a Liberty London skinny tie and an ivy flower crown from The Cornish Chopping Backyard.

“He all the time knew he needed a inexperienced swimsuit – he has moss inexperienced eyes (certainly one of my favorite options) and is the epitome of autumn as his birthday is 30 October.”

“He needed to put on an ivy crown for our ceremony, considerably untraditional for a groom, however I assumed it was very good-looking.”

The bride carried a whimsical and wild bouquet, by The Cornish Chopping Backyard.

“Clare is the loveliest human ever and so proficient. She grows every little thing herself in her personal Chopping Backyard which is far more eco-conscious and he or she’s a social enterprise so her ethos is wonderful.”

“When she’s not a florist, she’s an artist and that basically comes throughout in her work which may be very distinctive. I adored the sculptural rambling rose arch she made for our ceremony area, in addition to the floral cloud within the greenhouse.”

“The bouquets had been past what I’d dreamed. She had actually taken my concepts and put her personal spin on them. I burst into tears once they turned up.”

Initially planning a Might marriage ceremony, with ‘A Midsummer Night time’s Dream’ inspiration, Sarah and Jon needed to postpone twice because of Covid, ultimately selecting a date in October.

“It was the one remaining date we had free in our diary (as we shoot weddings ourselves) however we love the autumn and are so glad it occurred this manner.”

“The climate was so chilly and horrible on our authentic two dates which bought postponed, and the climate on our precise date was so magical and heat and excellent. It felt prefer it was meant to be.”

“The ultimate look modified because the dates modified however we had been so pleased with the way it all labored out. Autumn is our favorite season and it actually suited the venue with its orchard and little woodland.”

“By suspending twice, we had been capable of save up more cash for additional magical issues that we couldn’t afford in our authentic price range, similar to a violinist for the ceremony and upgrading our catering in addition to including a glitter bar.”

Sarah and Jonathan had a particular first look earlier than being sailed throughout the Helford river collectively in sail boat ‘Magpie’.

“Though suspending was irritating, we used it as a possibility so as to add much more magic with the additional time and it feels so good when it lastly comes collectively. We’d additionally advise that out of doors ceremonies are unimaginable and so magical so when you’ve got the chance to take action, we extremely advocate them.”

The couple met originally of 2017 via a mutual good friend who had double-booked them each for a espresso date.

“She determined that it might be simpler if all of us simply frolicked collectively. I realised I had met my match when Jon vanquished me at a recreation of ‘Ticket To Journey’ (one thing I hadn’t thought attainable).”

“We bonded over a love for movie images and I supplied him a job second capturing for my new marriage ceremony images enterprise.”

To permit for simple strolling within the woodland ceremony space, the bride wore darkish brown leather-based ankle boots from FatFace.

“They matched my bridesmaids who all wore boots. They higher suited the venue vibe and had been very sensible since we took a ship throughout the Helford River to get to the ceremony.”

“I swapped out to rust velvet ASOS mules for dancing within the night however having ankle boots for the day was extraordinarily cozy and a very good determination for a woodland marriage ceremony.”

“We travelled everywhere in the nation collectively capturing weddings and staying on to discover completely different locations; a lot of lengthy boarding on the Penzance promenade and wild swimming collectively on days off.”

“After an elopement within the Highlands adopted by a weekend away in Edinburgh, we lastly admitted to one another that we had been considerably greater than colleagues.”

“We share the identical darkish sense of humour and love of bizarre issues like ‘The X Recordsdata’, Cryptids and mythology.”

The marriage ceremony and hand-fasting had been held within the woodland at Potager Backyard and was easy, rustic and magical, with picket chairs and a floral arch.

“Jon and I went ‘down the aisle’ collectively together with our daughter Lyra. There wasn’t a lot of an aisle because of a mistake with the ceremony setup and chair format so we form of rocked as much as the arch collectively. We had a violinist, Sue Aston, play some folks songs for us.”


“We wrote everything of the ceremony ourselves as we had been already legally married at a registry workplace and needed one thing that was a bit enjoyable and celebrated life and silliness. Our good good friend Dave officiated for us and carried out a hand-fasting.”

“We did a ‘blessing of the rings’ the place our rings had been handed round our company so they might bless them with their good intentions, and we and the congregation sang a standard Cornish tune, ‘Cornwall My Residence’.”

“It was necessary to us that the ceremony was fairly whimsical so we actually personalised it with some anecdotes and humour.”

“We wrote our personal vows to one another, a mixture of humour and candy sentiments. We ended up crying via our vows and hand-wrote them in slightly guide which we’ve put in a marriage reminiscence field.”

The couple chosen non-traditional readings; ‘The Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll to entertain the little ones and ‘Desiderata’ by Max Erhmann.

“We needed some light-hearted enjoyable from ‘The Jabberwocky’ and to keep away from the same old marriage ceremony readings. ‘Desiderata’ appeared like a gorgeous sentiment that all of us wanted to listen to after a tough and attempting couple of years.”

“We selected a hand-fasting as we had already exchanged rings at our authorized marriage ceremony and needed one thing that was an historical custom that transcended throughout many alternative faiths.”

The couple’s rings had been by Cornish jeweller Hannah Batstone.

“We discovered her at an area artisan fayre one Christmas and Jon purchased me certainly one of her rings as a gift. We’ve since been again for engagement rings and marriage ceremony rings, together with our pals.”

Because the couple walked again down the out of doors aisle and thru their confetti tunnel, the ‘Poldark’ theme tune was performed.

“It was fairly humorous and bought some giggles from our ‘Poldark’ and interval drama-loving pals.”

It was necessary to us that the ceremony was fairly whimsical so we actually personalised it with some anecdotes and humour.

“My nephew Theo was web page boy. He wore rust-coloured The Easy People dungarees with a linen popover shirt and Piran, Ailsa’s son, wore handmade dungarees.”

“I’m not a fan of toddlers in fits so dungarees appeared much more becoming for an outdoorsy, woodland marriage ceremony.”

Potager Backyard’s glasshouses made a fantastic and welcoming area for the marriage feast. Décor centred round foliage and flowers, with a lot of private touches from the couple.

“I made all my very own stationery and hand-drew the orders of service, menus on the tables and place playing cards. I hand-painted the indicators onto material and muslin and the desk plan was very hurriedly painted the evening earlier than the marriage (Don’t go away your DIY tasks until the final minute, of us!).”

The marriage feast was catered by Kerra’s Catering and Sarah selected Oona’s Desserts to make the fruit-adorned marriage ceremony cake.

“I’ve labored along with her numerous instances, loving every little thing she made. I gave her our transient of ‘autumnal Renaissance’ and he or she nailed it; gold-sprayed big blackberries, dried pears, figs and a gorgeous floral crescent moon design on the highest.”

“It was so scrumptious and there wasn’t a single crumb left. We went for an orange and almond cake with Earl Gray buttercream icing and apricot jam. It was completely divine.”

The photographer for the day was Ruth Atkinson Pictures, whose work the couple had seen on Instagram.

When you love her fashion, you possibly can see extra of her weddings featured right here on Love My Costume.

“Seeing Ruth’s  work frequently pop up on Love My Costume actually cemented our option to guide her. Jon and I each cherished Ruth’s work for its cinematic look.””

“We fell in love along with her enhancing too, a very necessary side for us, and her fashion actually suited the venue and the autumn tones.”

“We’re so pleased with the pictures and love how she captures particulars and moments. Keziah from Hi there Footage assisted her on the day as Ruth was barely weeks away from going into labour along with her daughter, Saorise.”

“Ruth and Keziah had been each nice; they hung again and captured the pure moments with hardly any posing or formality, precisely what we needed.”

“They had been super-friendly and wonderful too which is de facto necessary to us – we didn’t need a loud or bossy photographer.”

Marriage ceremony filmers Grace & Mitch captured a transferring report of the day.

“We selected Grace & Mitch for videography after falling in love with the video they made for our bridesmaid Rachael.”

“I collected every little thing from charity retailers, from the classic plates to the candlesticks and earthenware pots. I didn’t need the set-up to appear like your traditional marriage ceremony and needed to lean into the country greenhouse vibe of the venue so every little thing had a really unrefined look to it.”

“We piled fairly fruit onto the tables which individuals might (and did) eat and lit the room up with an excellent many pure beeswax candles.”

“I arrange a Gin Bar with a number of gins (the squid ink was the preferred) as we performed classic jazz music over the audio system to offer an virtually Speakeasy vibe.”

Sarah opted to not put on a veil, in order to point out off her gorgeously lengthy hair.

“The cape gave all of the stream tulle, sheer vibes of a veil with out overlaying my hair or making me look foolish. Ailsa made two cape veils for me – one shorter one for a lot of the day and a particularly lengthy one for the ceremony so I might channel some sturdy Titania vibes from my favorite Arthur Rackham portray.”

The autumn Renaissance theme continued within the couple’s enjoyable and quirky leisure plans, which additionally included a Glitter Bar from Cornwall’s Eco Glitter Bar.

“We set a form of images scavenger hunt competitors. The challenges had been ‘recreate a renaissance portray,’ ‘seize an elusive flower fairy’ (the kids had handmade linen fairy wings to decorate up in though the grown-ups bought a whole lot of use out of them too!) and ‘probably the most good-looking plant.’ We bought a whole lot of fascinating entries and other people actually loved it.”

Jonathan and Sarah have some stunning recollections from their day.

“We each cherished preparing collectively and going over the river on the boat. We didn’t have any photographers or videographers for that half and it was actually stress-free crusing up the Helford river on a mushy autumn day.”

“The ceremony was actually magical too, outside within the woodland surrounded by bushes and our pals. We actually cherished taking part in bonfire songs with our family members across the fireplace within the night and the BBQ feast was so scrumptious. It’s actually laborious to select a favorite aspect, it was all magical!”

“I assume one bit that basically stood out was jamming with my pals Jack and Josiah.”

“Lyra borrowed Jack’s melodica and joined in with us. She and the opposite children actually bought into the spirit of a jam sesh.”

As night fell, the newly-weds and company relaxed within the grounds and gathered across the bonfire for songs. Night meals got here from Flour Energy Pizza Parlour.

“Jon and I performed a duet on the ukulele across the bonfire and bought our pals concerned in taking part in bonfire songs. Since a lot of our pals are musicians, we invited a few of them to carry devices so we might all have a jam. The children bought concerned too.”

“It was a lot enjoyable and it was so nice singing with our pals after not seeing anybody for 18 months. It was not precisely a ceremony however part of the day that was actually necessary to us.”

We had our first dance to ‘Friday I’m in Love’ by The Remedy, a tune we each actually love. It reminds us of once we first bought collectively.

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“Don’t have a look at what everybody else is doing for weddings. Deal with the 2 of you and create one thing that’s uniquely you. We bought prepared and did our couple pictures earlier than our boat trip to the ceremony to offer us extra time with our company which we actually appreciated because the day goes by so quick.”

“Don’t have a look at marriage ceremony Pinterests. As an alternative, take into consideration how your magical day would look and in case you might create your personal whimsical scene for a day, what wouldn’t it appear like? You could be as daring and inventive as you want! We actually needed an opportunity to create a form of ethereal fairy ball and used our marriage ceremony as an excuse to create that ambiance.”

From the underside of my coronary heart, congratulations and thanks Sarah and Jonathan, for sharing your completely fantastic day with us. Thanks additionally Ruth Atkinson Pictures to your evocative work.

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Ele xx

Eleanor Crossland

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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the gorgeous coast. A certified Pilates instructor, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome dependancy to baking, writing and journey.

Arthur Rackham Fairytale & Renaissance Inspired Woodland Wedding in Cornwall


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