Fern & Joe's intimate, secret Cornwall elopement #Real Weddings: Global#eloping#fall weddings#uk#winter October 7 2014 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Debs Ivelja Photography Photos by Debs Ivelja Photography The Offbeat Bride: Fern, nanny Her offbeat partner: Joe, security engineer Date and location of wedding: Boscean Country House, Boho Cornwall, St. Just, UK — December 13, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I think the best thing about our wedding was the surprise of it — and I don't mean for our friends and family. The date was set only six weeks before, and we knew we wouldn't have a chance to visit the venue. But by this point, I really was not interested in heavily planning anything. We really wanted zero responsibility — to just turn up at the location and we would just embrace it! We chose Boscean Country House for our elopement, sight unseen. I told our florist to just think up something amazing, and she didn't disappoint. It was great to just give up any expectations and just trust others. Seeing my bouquet on the morning of our wedding was great — it was like nothing I'd seen before and it fit perfectly with the wintry day. When it was all over just a few hours later, we headed back to the beautiful cottage on-site, and dug in to the most amazing deli platter provided by the venue. Joe threatened to take a picture of me scarfing a giant bag of crisps in my wedding gown! We put our slippers on and chillaxed for the rest of the evening! Here's our highlight video: Tell us about the ceremony: I walked down the staircase to The Piano Guys' version of "Can't Help Falling in Love," which I love. The room was filled with candles which gave off a gorgeous glow and warmth. We had decided that as it was just us, we would write our own vows. Joe, in particular, hates being the centre of attention so this is a big thing for him. But it was wonderful to be able to reminisce about our past together, celebrate our present, and make promises to one another. Penny, our daughter, handed us our rings, which made her feel really included. After being pronounced husband and wife, the three of us toasted with bubbly (and orange juice for the little lady). Our biggest challenge: We had been attempting to plan a wedding for almost a year when we called the whole thing off. It had just been one huge headache: vendors falling through, going bust, and messing us around. We couldn't agree on what we really wanted, we couldn't fit our wants around family and friends wants or needs, and it all was just doomed from the start. By October, we'd both reached the end. We were due to be married on Valentine's Day and I think it's fair to say neither of us were remotely excited — not a good feeling. We called our families and friends and told them we were cancelling, but that WE were fine. We just no longer wanted to get married in the February and asked for a little time and space. A few weeks later, we decided to elope, Googled "Cornwall elopement" and just chose a venue! My favorite moment: The first would be sitting in my chair, on the top floor of the Ochre cottage, with the doors wide open overlooking the miles and miles of green and onto the Cornish coast. Cornwall is where my heart is — it's like coming home every time we visit. When we woke up on our wedding day, it was chucking it down with rain and it was grim. As I sat there over the course of the morning, I watched the rain slowly cleared and the gloomy skies turned to bright blue and it felt so apt after our struggle planning our original wedding. I just felt so totally relaxed and I knew I was where I wanted to be, with whom I wanted to be. Having my beautiful baby girl walk me down the big staircase towards Joe was perfect, too. To have her leading me towards her daddy felt so right. As we heard the opening bars of the song, and we began making our way down, I heard her gasp, "Hello Daddy!" and she waved at him. He just stood there with the biggest grin waiting for us and I honestly felt like my heart might just burst. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Debs Ivelja Photography Videographer: Foster Filming Dress: Diane Harbridge from Timeless Elegance Shoes: Hush Puppies Hair accessories: Rosie Willet Hair: Kelly Anza Makeup: Sally Orchard Florist: Cornish Cutting Garden Jewelry: Joma Jewelry Joe's suit: Next Penny's dress: Zulily Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS 5 things Miss Manners hates that I LOVE NEXT How to make your wedding feel small and intimate without cutting the guest list Show/Hide comments [ 25 ] I LOVE the black and white phone of Penny with Mum and Dad in the background! Reply Deb totally captured Penny's beauty in that shot. Obviously I'm biased but I think she's a bit scrummy! Reply Such a sweet wedding. I love your story. It's so great it worked out for you in the end. I feel the same about Cornwall, it's an amazing place. I'm kinda disappointed we're not marrying there but relieved I'm not planning a long distance wedding. All the best to your cute family 🙂 Reply I hear ya! long distance planning is HARD! it was one of the biggest players in our failing in planning first time around. But I don't think I'd ever have felt right getting married anywhere else, we live in Bristol and it was a good 4+ hrs to St. just.. The only reason this worked is because we A) told no one and B) planned nothing. Tom and Maya who own Boho Cornwall were just amazing. They just sent us a list of vendors and we picked and booked all so last minute. We got so lucky, everyone we booked was just the best! I never had any trials, it was weird to have no control and yet liberating and I just loved the surprises of the day having no idea what anything would pan out like! Your day will be amazing Katie, enjoy every second. Xxx Reply This is spectacular! Reply You guys are too kind! Reply Those photos by the sea are so beautiful I'm going to fall over. Congrats to you all! <3 Reply Don't fall over! Hehe. Thank you for your kind words X Reply Everything looks perfect and wonderful, and I am dying of envy for those shoes, which seem to no longer be sold. I'm melting with anguish, I tell you. Melting! Congratulations, and I'm glad you found a way that worked without stressing yourself into oblivion. 😀 Reply Oh no! How annoying! They are super cute huh? I wonder if anywhere has left over stock? The inner pattern looks really similar to irregular choice but they are totally lush in true hush puppy comfort style. I hope you manage to find some! They also came in teal iir, shout me if you find them.. I regret not snatching a 2nd pair! Reply This is so pretty! I love how you took such a free-flowing approach to your planning. Great job! Reply Beautiful! That picture of you kissing in front of the boats is just spectacular! The color! The light! The love! Everything about this wedding is just perfection. So glad it worked out and you had the day you wanted. Reply Thank you! Cape Cornwall is just amazing, rugged spot! I really love our wedding pictures, Deb was just incredible and Ben made us such a fab video.. Our families love watching it! Reply Lovely pictures! my fav is the one of B&G in front of the sea by the red boat – perfect colours and textures. Have pinned it to my board of wedding dresses with cardis – love that look! Lovely story to go with the pics too. Reply It's (one of!) My favourites too! We're just printing and framing our pictures now and I'm going big with that one! Thank you for your lovely comments. X Reply Hello Wedding Fraternal Twin! I'm so excited to read about a wedding situation similar to mine! Planned a bigger wedding. Cancelled it because it was getting out of hand, and took some time to recoup and decide what we wanted. Planned our mini-wedding (us and bio-parents) in a month and 1/2 at an inclusive venue that does elopements/small weddings. Glad to know someone else ended up where I did during wedding planning. Your wedding is so lovely. It reminds me of the calm intensity of ours. Thanks for sharing! Reply Whitney, big love to you- it's so difficult isn't it! I am sooo pleased for you the you guys have put a stop to wedding madness and are having an intimate do. Our day was nothing at all like I'd ever imagined but it was so great, I wouldn't change a thing- I've no doubt you'll feel the same. Have a great day and I'm sending you loafs of happy stress free wedding vibes. X Reply Where did you get the red jacket?! It looks absolutely amazing on! I'm searching for something similar. Reply Hi Shana, this is the shrug I'm wearing: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=phase+eight+red+shrug&client=ms-android-hms-tef-gb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=9Zc2VM_aLoyM7AbcuoC4Bg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=360&bih=592#facrc=_&imgrc=qUBNW-qu90v4_M%253A%3Bx8kxG5-d1Hq8NM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fmedia-cache-ec0.pinimg.com%252F236x%252Fe0%252F53%252Fca%252Fe053ca54cefa99e4a90787cb582a4268.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.pinterest.com%252Fperfectbeautyou%252Fcover-ups-for-every-occassion%252F%3B236%3B295 I got in from phase eight but I remember getting it in the sale (ever the bargain hunter I am) early 2013 and it's looking like they no longer sell it. Ebay might be a good place though? The best thing was how luxurious the material felt, so it looked casual but totally in keeping with the special day. .and it was a really bright, true red. It's hanging in my wardrobe and I pair it with my wedding shoes for (rare) nights out! XX Reply Ugh! That sucks that they no longer sell it. That is EXACTLY what I'm looking for! Reply The scenery is nearly as stunning as the bride. What a gorgeous execution of a personal, and private ceremony. LOVE! Reply Oh my goodness! You are very sweet to think so. Thank you x Reply I totally just teared up at the "hello Daddy!". This looks like such a beautiful wedding. And hot damn, but that landscape is gorgeous. Reply Such a beautiful story! I had tears in my eyes over this one… and almost makes me want to elope rather than carry on with the wedding planning! Reply Love it, Deb has done a fantastic job on these wedding pictures, Fern, Joe & Penny you are a beautiful loving family and i wish you every happiness x x x Reply Leave a Reply to fern Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.