Following a church ceremony, Eloise Thwaites and Tom Ford's wedding celebrations offered a relaxed vibe and a party to be remembered
How did you meet?
We met in 2015. We live in a small town and we had mutual friends, although we had never met. We caught each other’s eye on a night out in town but we didn’t introduce ourselves. We matched on Tinder a few days later and went on our first date.
Tell us about the proposal.
It was on Christmas Eve. Tom and I had been to see our parents. We headed home and I thought it would be nice to do Christmas Eve presents.
I gave Tom a pair of trainers, which I thought he would love. He followed by giving me a box of a 'pick and mix' and a sparkly card. Inside the card he had written: ‘I hope you like this card, it’s as sparkly as your present’. I finished reading the card and he asked me to stand up, so I did and he got down on one knee, proposing in front of the Christmas tree. It was perfect, and of course I said yes.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Our theme was bright, multicoloured and relaxed.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We chose Constantine Church for our ceremony and Crasken Farm in Helston for our reception because of its relaxed vibe and beautiful surroundings.
When did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I really did my research before dress shopping, I looked at lots of dress shops in Cornwall and found out which designers they stocked. I found a dress online that I loved, which they stocked at St Ives Bridal Studio.
I tried on seven dresses in total there, although, the third dress was the one I went in to try. I knew it was the dress for me as soon as I put it on. It was the beautiful Galatea dress by Watters Willowby in titanium grey. Although, it did take a glass of prosecco to give me the courage to say yes.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
I had my best friends, Lucy, Rosie and Lauren, as my bridesmaids and my sister, Anna, as my maid of honour. My bridesmaids wore beautiful midi tulle and sequin dresses in grey from Maya.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
My beautiful mother wore a fabulous dress from Coast and her fascinator was from Bows in Falmouth.
Where did you find your suits?
The suits were from Marks and Spencer. Tom's waistcoat was from Little Ann Maids in Camborne.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
The beautiful flowers in the church were all down to the talented ladies from the congregation of Constantine Church, Carol and Vera. The buttonholes and bouquets were from Sweet Pea Florist in Helston. The flower arrangements at the reception were put together by my mum and mother-in-law. The flowers were collected from the gardens of generous people from the town where we live.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
The first film that Tom and I watched together was the Disney film Up. We both love Disney so to loosely incorporate this theme into the day, we had multi-coloured pom-poms to resemble the balloons. We also made a letter box, like in the film, to use as our card box.
Holly Turton, an acoustic musician, also added to our day. She even sang and played songs that weren’t on her repertoire while someone held the lyrics up. She was amazing, such a talented lady.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Incredibly emotional! My bridesmaids walked down first, followed by my dad and I. I almost ran down the aisle while my dad tried to slow me down. We were both crying most of the way down the aisle, it was so overwhelming.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
Our ceremony was made personal on all levels. Our reverend really got to know Tom and I and incorporated things about both of us into the service. We then had instrumental music play when we were signing the register: Tale As Old As Time from Beauty and the Beast, Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King and Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings. We also had Tom's dad do a beautiful reading from the Corinthians.
What was your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment would be when I walked down the stairs and saw my dad for the first time. The emotion was so raw and it is a memory I will cherish forever.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
I found doing the seating plan the most challenging part of the day as I wanted everyone to be happy with where they were sat. Although it was made easier but our guests, who were all lovely and all got on so well.
What was the most important investment for you?
Drink and music! We wanted everyone to have a good party.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We had the live lounge version of It's All About You by Mcfly. Tom and I dance around the house to this song, ironically on the kitchen tiles, like in the lyrics.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had the amazing band, Sandy Acre 7. They got everyone up dancing all night long and really got the party going.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Our wedding cake was made by the talented Kellie's Cakes with flowers from Sweet Pea Florist to decorate. The cake was three tiers and featured three different flavours: chocolate, lemon and carrot cake.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
We bought 200 sparklers to light in the evening, but we were having such a good time partying that we completely forgot.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I wish that I had known to make the evening and day invitations look different or to post them at different times, to avoid confusion.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Cyprus to sit by the pool, drink cocktails and do nothing for a week. We flew out three days after the wedding, which was the perfect time. We had time to see our friends and family who had travelled to the wedding, before jetting off to celebrate as Mr and Mrs.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Buy a wedding planner book and use Excel for spreadsheets. We got given a lovely wedding planner book which made life so much easier. It was easy to have everyone’s addresses in one place for sending invites and it made it easier when writing thank you cards. Having all details in one place made it more organised and having an Excel spreadsheet with everything on was a life saver.
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