Modern Micro Wedding with Seaside Styling

The Little Cottage at Praa Sands Cornwall

Gemma & Rodhri’s intimate modern micro wedding at the Little Cottage Praa Sands.

Set on the cliff top above Praa Sands Beach, sits this wonderfully modern and ironically named ‘Little Cottage‘. It’s not your typical wedding venue, in fact it’s not one, however it did make the perfect setting for a seaside styled micro wedding for this lovely modern couple Gemma and Rodhri.

Let’s rewind to the summer of 2019 before small, intimate affairs were such a big thing. These two were literally setting a trend for the next two years without even knowing it!

Having no luck finding a wedding venue that ticked all the boxes but didn’t cost the earth, Gemma and Rodhri decided to think outside the box. Knowing they wanted to get married by the sea, they hired a house on the beach and the results were epic!

The Inspiration for the day..

The feel of the day was very much inspired by their love of Cornwall. From hand picked Cornish suppliers serving up cream teas on vintage china, fudge for favours, pasties in paper bags for supper, local beers and the Bamaluz Bootleggers singing sea shanties as the sun set, their day was overflowing with summer seaside vibes. Bloody Blissful!

Afternoon Tea at The Little Cottage at Praa Sands Cornwall
Wedding guests enjoying Cornish pasties in paper bags for their supper.
A Sea Creature book on a shelf at The Little Cottage at Praa Sands Cornwall
Wedding set up at The Little Cottage at Praa Sands Cornwall.
Wedding set up with mis matched white and blue chairs, long white wooden tables, vintage china, flowers in glass bottles and an ocean view.
Bamaluz Bootleggers singing sea shanties at Praa Sands to wedding guests.

One of my favourite things about this wedding was creating the archway. Gemma had previously dropped off some old rowing boat oars and big crab pots to me in the hopes that I could create a focal point for their ceremony. After a few failed attempts, some negotiation with the laws of physics (the help of the husband) and some gorgeous florals we managed to assemble something that ended up looking pretty good and somehow stayed up all day, even though it began with storm clouds and very strong winds. My little rain dance as we arrived to set up obviously did the trick!

Wedding ceremony arch made of old boat oars and crap pots with a floral arrangement on one side at The Little Cottage at Praa Sands Cornwall.
Wedding Arch at The Little Cottage at Praa Sands Cornwall
Bride and groom embracing in from of their wedding ceremony arch, with a view of Praa Sands beach and the ocean in the distance

The perfect clients…

As a stylist this was a dream job. These two had some awesome ideas and knew exactly what they wanted their day to look and feel like. The focus was definitely on personal touches rather than traditions. Gemma said they threw the rule book out the window and went with what felt right for them (I suggest all couples do this). Some of their personal touches included being married by their friend, having a Bridesman, scrapping the first dance, indulging in a tower of cheeses as an alternative to a cake and going for a dip in the sea!

Wedding guests waiting for the bride at the Little Cottage at Praa Sands
Bride in lace wedding dress sat on a bed looking out of the window at the Little Cottage at Praa Sands
Bride posing with her bridesmaids and bridesman in front of the wedding ceremony arch. Ocean view of Praa Sands beach behind them
Wedding tables set up in the Little cottage ready for guests to be seated. Blue and white miss matched wooden chairs, long white washed wooden tables, hand dyed table runners, mixed vintage china and flowers in glass bottles
Bridal party with Bride and Groom dipping their toes in the sea at Praa Sands beach.
Groom and his best men stood in the garden of the Little Cottage at Praa Sands before the wedding ceremony. All three wearing blue suits. Groom with a green bow tie
Bride and groom posing for wedding photos, surrounded by daisies, with a view of Praa Sands beach

Prepping for this wedding really was a dream. It’s not difficult to find inspiration when we’re surrounded by these picture perfect backdrops, literally on our doorsteps. I’ll be sad to leave Devon and all it’s wonderful treasures of a coast line. Gemma was so lovely to work with and gave me free reign to come up with little extra special touches for the styling. I dyed long strips of muslin for table runners, found an old treasure chest style box and painted it up to use as a card box, spent days hand painting individual mussel shells for place names…

**Disclaimer – I made a monumental F**k up

Somehow I had forgotten to pick up said mussel shells on the way out the door, so I had to think on my feet – mid mini heart attack and quickly come up with new ones. Thankfully even if I forget things, I always bring way too much and managed to fashion new ones out of mini pieces of drift wood. Don’t worry the guests still got their mussels, Gemma sent them as reminders of the day afterwards and I made a special little something for the married couple with theirs.

Bride and groom posing in the Little Cottage at the top of the staircase. Metal shark hanging from the ceiling
Bride and groom holding hands. Focussing on the brides blue a white diamond ring
Father of the bride walking her down the aisle to the groom being watched by all the wedding guests at Praa Sands
Bride and groom stood posing in front of the ceremony arch made from boat oars and crab pots at Praa Sands

The day wouldn’t have been quite the same without the help of some of these wonderful people. Going above and beyond, providing their skills and talents made this the perfect modern micro wedding. Ooh, and just as an FYI, this wedding got featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine. I may have done a little happy dance!

Dress from Bliss Bridal Newquay

Hair & Makeup by Ione Kutz

Flowers by Twigs & Greens

Styling by me The Wedding Hub

Props and Furniture Hire from Stargazey Hire

Seashanty band: Bamaluz Bootleggers St Ives

Photographer Lyra & Moth

Stationery by Richard the Bridesman

Flat lay image of eight buttonholes with greenery, white flowers and blue flowers wrapped in brown string.
Local Cornish singer playing for the guests as they wait for the bride to arrive
Beautiful ivory lace wedding dress hanging in the window of the Little Cottage Praa Sands
Bride posing in amongst the daisies with an ocean view behind her of Praa Sands beach
Bride and groom on the rocks of Praa Sands beach with their bridal party posing for fun photos
Bride having her makeup applied by her MUA on the morning of her wedding.
Brides holding out her bouquet with greenery, white roses and daisies.
Wedding stationery flat lay image of the invitations designed by the bridesman. White and blue invitation
Bride and her bridal party posing for a photo in the garden with the sea and beach in front of them
Bride and her bridesmaid walking down the stairs at the Little Cottage getting ready to go get married. holding their bouquets
Bride and groom sat reflecting on their wedding day sat in front of the ceremony arch at The Little Cottage at Praa Sands Cornwall

“Don’t feel you have to do anything you don’t want too. We completely did our own thing and that suited us – and we’re so glad that we did. It really felt like us

Bride and groom in the upstairs windows of the Little Cottage whilst their guests are downstairs
Bride and groom kissing as the sun sets behind them
A wedding guest holding a book open to a page that says The Lovers at the Little Cottage at Praa Sands

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