Cornish cliff top wedding

We had our first wedding of the season on Saturday and luckily the weather gods were smiling down on us (and the happy couple) We had been a bit nervous leading up to the day as the weather has been a bit unsettled and at the beginning of the week the Cornish coast was being battered by 70mph winds! Fortunately they passed and the weekend was clear and bright, the sun was shining with a light breeze coming off the sea. It was easy to see why Polhawn Fort is one of the most popular wedding venues in Cornwall.

Nestled in to the side of the cliff at one end of Whitsand Bay, Polhawn Fort sits amongst sweeping lawns and enjoys spectacular views across the bay. The fort itself is a Napoleonic Fort with 8ft thick walls, barrel vaulted brick ceilings and unparalleled views. They seem to have a very flexible attitude as a venue. You can hire the whole place for the weekend or just the day. There is accommodation for up to 20 guests in the fort and you can even bring your own drinks if you want. There is enough space for an outdoor wedding using the lawns for marquees or you can just use the building.

 

We provided the stretch tent as a reception/drinks area for the guests as they arrived and somewhere to mingle and enjoy the views before the evening activities. We also provided our event benches as seating for the guests. Luckily we designed them to be dismantled as they are quite heavy and we soon discovered the main disadvantage of being in such a beautiful location is the access. The crew did a great job carrying everything up and down the steps!

We also had a chance to try out a time lapse video using our new Go Pro camera which i had to persuade Santa was an essential tool for us! I’m not quite sure what the crew were moaning about, from what i can see it only took a minute to put up.