Tanya and Matt’s Plymouth wedding had such a fun and tender vibe and really personal touches. Their table names for example were places in New York where they were engaged. How romantic is that?
Quite rightly they recognised that their day should be precisely that; all about them as a couple and what they like. So they were delighted when their pianist played songs they specifically requested and were meaningful to them. It’s elements like this that really do make lovely lasting memories.
We love Tanya and Matt’s coral and grey colour scheme, such an uplifting combination that fitted their day perfectly.
When it came to choosing their venue, Tanya and Matt had no hesitation in choosing the iconic Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth. The Victorian grandeur of it’s central staircase and it’s timeless exterior façade made such a wonderful backdrop for a number of their gorgeous photos.
Over to Tanya and Matt now to tell us more.
What was the style of your wedding?
We didn’t really have a style as such. We just chose the things that we loved sticking to our colour theme of coral and grey.
How did you make your day feel really personal to you as a couple?
We made sure that we added little touches that were very personal to us and our relationship. The table names were named after places in New York (where we got engaged) and we had photos of us on each table of our relationship in the 4 years leading up to our wedding day.
How did you decide on your venue?
Our venue was an easy one. We really wanted somewhere local and central that was easy for our guests to get to and for family travelling down to get to and stay at.
As soon as we saw the Duke of Cornwall we knew it was our venue and we didn’t even look anywhere else. We loved that they had a pianist that would play before and after our ceremony that would play songs that we requested that were personal to us.
I wanted to walk down the aisle to a pianist so that was a huge bonus for us. The location was also a big factor. We were very close to Plymouth hoe which would be amazing to capture some pictures of us on our day which turned out so lovely.
Tell us about your wedding outfits
The men’s outfits were hired from moss bros and my dress was from prudence gowns, Plymouth. I was torn between two dresses so in the space of an hour I went from prudence gowns to the other shop so they were both fresh in my mind and eventually chose the dress I wore on the day from Prudence Gowns.
Our bridesmaid and flower girl dresses were actually from eBay. I knew I wanted the flower girls in white with me from the moment we got engaged.
What was your standout moment of your day?
One standout moment of our day was having pictures taken on the hoe in front of the poppy memorial. We were so lucky that we were given permission to have some professional photos taken there for memories that will last forever.
Another standout moment was just taking a couple of minutes during the evening to sit down with Matt and really take in what was happening. Watching people dance and sing along to the silent disco and enjoying our day with us.
What are your top tips for other couples planning their wedding?
Plan as far in advance as you can and write everything down. I had a planner that told me a timeline of when things should be done and I stuck to that and always go with what you want.
The day is yours and it’s about you as a couple so don’t worry what others will like just go with what you like.
The Supporting Cast
Photographer – Emma Barrow
Venue – The Duke of Cornwall
Ceremony flowers – Hunny B Florist
Cake – Celebrations cakes by Kelly
Evening DJ – Silent Disco Mania
Groom & ushers suits– Moss Bros
Bride dress – Prudence Gowns Sincerity, Saorise
Brides shoes – Roland Cartier for Dune
Hair stylist – Cassie Lewis
Make up artist – Emmie Green
Pianist – Lee Barry
Venue decor – The Devon Wedding Company (chair covers and sashes)