A countryside wedding in Cornwall

24 Mar 2022

Emma Mottram and Darren Tate tied the knot surrounded by family and friends in Cornwall

How did you meet?  

We met each other through mutual friends.  

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Tell us about the proposal 

Darren proposed to me on his birthday.  

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How was your wedding affected by Covid-19?  

It was affected quite badly as we had to postpone three times and unfortunately, we lost some family members through ill health that were very excited to make it for the first date. With each postponement, it took a little of the excitement away, but in the end, we were so grateful for our amazing day. 

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?  

Our theme was English countryside as our wedding was taking place in Cornwall with dusty rose bridesmaid dresses and gypsophila crowns in the flower girls' hair.  

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?  

We chose the Falcon Hotel in Bude because the hotel is stunning. My mother is from the area and I have a lot of happy childhood memories in Bude, so it ticked all the boxes.  

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How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?  

The dress was stunning and I truly felt like a bride in it, no other dress I tried on compared. The designer was Martina Liana and I ended up trying on about 15 dresses. I had originally picked the sister dress to the one I purchased, which was very similar. 

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Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?  

My chief bridesmaid was my best friend of 28 years Chelm, my niece Rebecca and two nieces on my husband's side, Jennifer and Sophie. Sophia, Paisley, Jazmine and Izebelle were our flower girls. 

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What did the mother of the bride wear? Where did you find your suits?  

My mum wore a Phase Eight dress which was lace with blue flowers. Darren wore the ‘Dion’ suit from Marc Darcy.  

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Did you hire a wedding planner? 

No, I did nearly all of it myself. Debbie Hatch, the wedding coordinator from the Falcon Hotel, helped with finding a couple of our vendors. Torbay Display dressed the venue room amazingly and Karen's Covers dressed the wedding tables. 

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day 

We went with Bleujen Florist in Bude for our flowers. The flowers we chose were dusty pink peonies with lots of green foliage. We had Macmillan charity badges and chocolate hearts inside card boxes with tissue paper and bows. I also painted pebbles as different bugs for the children's goody bags so they could play noughts and crosses. 

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?  

I felt excited to finally be taking my vows after many years and making the final commitment in front of all our loved ones in a place close to my heart.  

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you? 

We chose quite traditional hymns and Corinthians from the bible as well as a personal poem from my sister. 

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What was your most memorable moment?  

Hearing the bells as I walked to the church from the vicarage. 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding? 

The location was quite challenging as we're based in Liverpool and we held the wedding in Cornwall. It was also difficult trying to find suppliers and only corresponding through email. 

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What song did you choose for your first dance and why? 

We chose Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years because it's such a beautiful song and the words felt like they were written for us.  

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Did you have any evening entertainment?  

We had a singer who came all the way from Wales, and we also had a DJ.  

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Tell us about your wedding cake 

We had an amazing four tier cake that was made by Suzy at Rustic Cakes Cornwall. It consisted of chocolate and mixed berry crumble to create a real rustic feel. We also had an array of cupcakes in black forest, Victoria sponge and lemon and poppy seed, to name a few. 

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be? 

It felt like we didn't get enough time to truly soak everything up, so it would have been nice to have more time. Also, I wished that I had booked a videographer.  

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Did you have a custom hashtag for social media? If so, what was it?  

#BetterTateThenNever 

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Where did you go on honeymoon?  

We went to the Lake District a few weeks after the wedding. 

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Steal their style: 
Photographer: Tracey Warbey Photography
Venue and catering: Falcon Hotel
Hair and make-up: Wedding Hair Plymouth
Cake: Rustics Cakes Cornwall
Florist: Bleujen Florist
Décor: Room décor Torbay Display, table and chair covers Karen’s Covers
Vintage cars: Roaring 30s Automobiles

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