Sharing our magical venue and the possibilities of a small wedding in Cornwall is one of our favourite things to do, so we were in our element last weekend when we hosted our wedding venue open day. Thank you to the lovely couples that joined us, for those of you that couldn’t make, this is the next best thing! We’ve put together a round up of the day with beautiful photos of all the details by talented wedding photographer Verity Westcott.
Katie from Brookside Flower Farm brought the outside in with a beautiful staircase floral installation. Trailing passionflower vines were woven together with hydrangeas and delicate roses to create a quintessential English country garden feel. Katie also made a fabulous bridal bouquet with japanese anemones and the last of the café au lait dahlias, which was proudly on display in Middleton Bedroom.
Emily from Three Acre Blooms decorated the Dining Room to perfection, with an autumnal display of her home-grown florals. Emily focuses on seasonality and sustainability throughout her work, and it was great to give couples a real sense of what the floral possibilities would be should they decide to marry in the autumn months. Emily also created glorious meadow boxes for our Walnut Tree ceremony setup, with pops of orange dahlias, burnished autumnal foliage and delicate cow parsley delivering that signature ‘wild and free’ style that we love so much.
When it comes to wedding styling, the table is not only one of the places where your guests will spend the most time, but it’s also where they’ll be up close enough to appreciate all of the details. Having a smaller guest list means you can really focus on these details, so for the wedding venue open day we laid the table in our ‘Rosaline’ tablescape. Featuring sage green napkins, vintage cut crystal glasses and blush pink hand dipped tapered candles this is one of our favourites and sets the scene perfectly for a sumptuous wedding feast. The perfect finishing touch – handwritten menus and name cards by the clever Kati at Scalet Paperie
Michele at Craftycakehole once again proved that a small wedding can most certainly feature a fabulous cake, and her three-tiered masterpiece with delicately handcrafted sugar flowers complimented the dining setup perfectly.
How to entertain guests at a small wedding is a question we are asked often – and whilst planned entertainment is not always needed, we do have some great suggestions of tried and tested ideas. Live music on a small scale is a perfect option, so we were thrilled to be joined by talented pianist Ollie Jones, who fits seamlessly into the vibe of a relaxed Treseren wedding day. For outdoor celebrations, Ollie can set up his portable keyboard and amp to play for a drinks reception or al-fresco ceremony and in the colder months, the Bechstein Piano in the Drawing Room is ready and waiting.
Whilst a large scale photobooth just wouldn’t work at a small wedding, the clever team at Flicksbox have found the perfect solution. Tilley is an up-cycled gas lamp turned into GIF-Booth, with just a 0.5 metre squared footprint. Tilley comes paired with Chloe – a vintage trunk turned into a printing station, creating a perfectly petite ‘photobooth’ corner in the Drawing Room at Treseren. You can hire Tilley for the duration of your Treseren stay with unlimited prints – each photo strip is printed twice so your guests can keep one copy for themselves and leave one copy for you as a wonderful keepsake of your day. We had to capture a team photo and Lara and Nellie had fun testing out the additional props box!
Food and drink
Great food and drink is a huge part of every Treseren wedding, so we had to make sure our wedding venue open day visitors got a taste of this. Whilst Nellie was busy in the kitchen creating showstopping canapes, Lara was in Loveday’s Bar mixing up cocktails from our bespoke list (thank you to Kati at Scalet Paperie for our new and improved menus). Of course, the soft drink option had to be our very own Treseren Apple Juice, which we are pleased to report has been a big hit.
From the kitchen we served –
Roasted butternut squash filo parcels
Caramelised red onion and goats cheese bruschetta
Honeyed apple with stilton, Parma ham and walnuts
Smoked salmon and crème fraiche on rye bread
Dark chocolate and pistachio truffles
Not forgetting the delicious ginger and dark chocolate biscuits that were enjoyed on arrival when guests were greeted by Ange.
Each couple that visited left with a goodie bag of Cornish treats to enjoy and we must thank the wonderful businesses that worked with us to create these.
We use Cornish spirits wherever possible in Loveday’s Cocktail Bar so we were delighted to include some fabulous miniatures of some of our favourites.
Rosemullion Spiced Rum is the key ingredient of our ‘Poldark and Stormy’ cocktail. Rosemullion is a small distillery creating artisan spirits set in the rural Cornish countryside close to the Helford River.
Hell’s Stone Whisky is the hero of our ‘Cornish Old Fashioned’ – based in Penzance, this spirit comes complete with a tale of Cornish legend and is aged in oak barrels to deliver a rich flavour.
We always like to guide couples in making the most sustainable choices for their wedding, and Seedball wedding favours are a great wedding favour option for thanking your guests while helping bees and butterflies! Each box (made from 100% recycled card) contains 6 seed balls and a little card explaining how the balls work.
Hannah at Colwick Prints has created a custom drawing of Treseren just for us! Hannah is a talented illustrator and the print is available to order as a keepsake of a Treseren wedding, a wonderful wedding gift idea or even as wedding invitations.
And finally, we included a jar of Treseren Elderflower and Gooseberry Jam as a nod to what you can expect to enjoy at the Treseren breakfast table!
As always, a huge thank you to Wed Magazine for helping us send couples home with all the wedding planning inspiration they could dream of. If you would like to know more about Treseren weddings, please do get in touch and keep an eye on our website and social media for future wedding venue open day dates.