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7th May, 2013
A Port Eliot wedding has been one of my top must do venues in the county, and this weekend we final got to do it for the lovely Lizzi & Stu. It was a magnificent day from start to finish, what with the number of guest (200) the awesome weather, the enchanting venue, but most of all and probably most importantly the families and guest.

Our day started at Rame Barton near Rame Head where we met the boys getting ready and to capture some shots of them in the film set like house. The whole house was a real feast for the eyes, and put a smile on my face knowing that I'll be back there later in the year for another wedding. We didn't stay long though as the Stuart and his three best men were keen to get to Port Eliot to set up things for the reception, as Stuart did all of the planning for the wedding himself, which was a brave move having such a big wedding, but he carried it off well.

After leaving Rame Head I headed west for the 15 minute drive to Port Wrinkle to meet Lizzi,  her two bridesmaids and her 5 flower girls getting ready in two different houses.

Lizzi probably wisely opted to get ready just down the road in the tranquillity of the house she and Stu would be staying in that night, leaving her saint of a sister Cath to organise the flower girls.

Lizzi went for a Boho Edwardian lady of the manor look with a lacy Tamperley dress and a gold and purple head piece.
With sweet pea bouquets for herself and bridesmaids.


We over ran a bit getting the little ones ready to go but still made time to get some portrait shots across the road from her parents house.

The Ceremony itself took place in The Orangery at Port Eliot and Lizzi's bridal party had the long stage of the walled garden behind The Orangery to make her grand entrance to her 200 guests and patient groom.

The ceremony was broken up but a couple of recitals from a string quartet followed by an operatic piece.


Then it was outside for some Champagne and a group photo of everyone.

Then we probably had the longest confetti arch Port Eliot have ever seen.

While everyone was making their way down to the boat house lawn where the Absolute Canvas marquee was waiting I took Lizzi & Stu off for a few couple shots. I normally prefer to do this later after the wedding breakfast but due to the time everyone was sitting and the fact LIzzi said "don't expect the speeches to be short" we decided to get them on our way down to the waterfront.

I have to say I haven't seen a marquee as big as their one other than at The Royal Cornwal Show. It was enormous, and probably the size of the ballroom at The Atlantic hotel in Newquay, and certainly helped to keep The Round Kitchen caterers waiting staff fit.

The food was sublime, with a main of Beef Wellington just melting on the tongue.

After some highly amusing speeches and a very memorable poem from Martin, Stu's brother and one third of the best men, it was time for the evening to kick off.

The band were awesome (Richard James-01752 822 284) and were so easy going that the evening turned into a bit of a jamming session with a few of the guests taking a turn to sing and play guitar with them. But the biggest cheer definitely went up for Stu and Will, one of his best men when they stepped up to sing and play.

I don't think we've ever done such a big wedding where so many of the guests just wanted to party and create such an amazing atmosphere for their hosts. The dance floor was packed from start to finish with such a great mix of family and friends covering a very wide spectrum of ages. Tamsyn and I loved sharing the day with them all, and wish Lizzi & Stu a long and happy life together! xx

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