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Paul & Kari

Perfect Preparations involvement with Paul and Kari started when we were contacted by the couple via our website. Both living outside the UK (Iraq & Qatar) but with connections to Cornwall & Devon meant that they wanted to marry close to family.  Kari’s family home is in Mevagissy and Pauls’ Devon so they opted to marry in Rame Church with their reception at the stunningly beautiful Polhawn Fort, Rame.

Perfect Preparation prides itself on being able to accommodate couples who do not live in the UK and we were available to provide Paul and Kari with the long distance support they both needed to ensure this wedding ran like clockwork. We had an initial meeting with the bride but the majority of the discussions about the wedding were done by email, Skype and phone. It’s important for couples who reside outside of the UK to have a wedding planner who can meet their needs – and be prepared to work out of hours. Time differences make no difference to Perfect Preparation  - we are available when our clients need us. Its also important to keep family and friends up to date about wedding preparations and so we encouraged them to set up their own wedding web site prior to the event.

The bride and groom wanted to support Cornish suppliers at their wedding and Perfect Preparation achieved this by contracting with a wide range of local suppliers for everything from marquee, firework displays to the food and drink.  There was a distinctly Cornish sea theme for the wedding with blues and grey colours predominating throughout. Seaside touches like the fishing net table plans and sea shell and flower decorated lobster pots on the tables added to the theme. In addition to the seaside touch and giving something back to nature, the couple loved my idea of Lobster favours. The Lobster Hatchery in Padstow lets you adopt a lobster. The couple felt this was a unique favour for all 115 guests with each of them receiving a certificate, these will all be released back into the sea together, a wedding party of Lobsters all named after each guest on the seabed to ensure the party continues for years to come.

Paul and Kari opted to use both the fort and gardens for the wedding celebrations. Perfect Preparation organized a marquee for the garden at Polhawn so that guests could eat the wedding breakfast with a spectacular view out into the bay. Hatch Marquees were the marquee suppliers and this was set up the day prior to the wedding, the access to the Fort is by foot only and all of the 12 x 21mtr marquee was carried to site due to the difficult access this site has. It was worth it for those amazing views.

Guests attended from worldwide and so the whole weekend was taken over for the celebrations with a pre-wedding meal in the picturesque village of Kingsand on the Friday evening after wedding rehersals at Rame Church.

On the day the sun shone and the sea sparkled – what a perfect day, a day we have been waiting for all year.  When the time came the bride and her father and bridesmaids, were transported to the church in a beautiful Beauford car from Roaring 30′s. Kari walked down the aisle in a stunning Caroline Castigliano dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.

The new Mrs and Mrs Bailey returned back to the fort in the Beauford car sipping champagne whilst a series of mini buses transported guests back to Polhawn Fort where the gardens had been transformed by the open marquee. On arrival guests were encouraged to grab a glass of local Camel Valley champagne and head into the gardens to be welcomed by the bride and groom and a very big surprise. A fly over by two Yakolev 52 aircraft who performed an aerobatic smoke display over the bay ending their performance with an enormous heart traced in the sky. What a breathtaking spectacle.

Photography was by Khalile Siddique photography, both photographers Khalile and Tamsyn plus Chris from Babalu Films snapped pictures and took footage throughout the day. The newlyweds will have an amazing portfolio of memories of the day with this wonderful coverage (pictures throughout are our own, not that of the official photographer).

Guests made their way to the marquee for the sumptuous wedding feast cooked by Jamie Beetham and a delicious menu featuring a Cornish sharing platter set starter, a choice of main and a trio of desserts.

Main Course

‘Posh Fish and Chips’ with a twist
Roasted Hake from St Ives with lemon and Cornish sea salt served with sauce vierge and pea puree
with bowls of dressed green salad, pomme frites & tartare sauce


 Rack of Lamb from Brian Etherington, served pink with redcurrant & port wine jus
with dauphinoise potatoes Truro, dressed salad the Lizard Leaf Company & melange of seasonal vegetables


Cornish cheese tart with roasted vegetables & fresh herbs

To wash the gorgeous food down guests were offered an array of complimentary Cornish drinks. Champagne, wine, cider, lager, beer and even the spirits had a Cornish origin where possible, all served from a stunning bar that illuminated in the dark, the view from the bar was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Particularly popular with guests was the Cornish Orchard cider drunk Cornish style, straight from the flagon.

During the meal the guests listened to a harpist playing a selection of music before the wedding speeches. Another little touch that was meaningful to the Bride and Groom were ice sculptures of places of significance to them. Two huge ice sculptures of Emirates Palace and the Doha building were on show in the marquee for guests to see. We had to time this delivery to perfection as the heat was a challenge but they lasted through the night and the large Doha building was also a luge, plenty of pink vodka was poured that night.

In the evening the fort was transformed into a disco where guests danced until 10pm then it was back outside for a break and another surprise with a spectacular firework display that Perfect Preparation had organized to be launched from the deck of a landing craft in the bay. Fire regulations forbade fireworks to be launched from the fort so Perfect Preparation sourced how a display could be provided.  What the bride and groom want Perfect Preparation will do its best to get.

The celebrations were not over as Sunday saw guests participating in a BBQ in the fort grounds provided by NoMad Catering. This was a not to be forgotten wedding and one we will remember forever. We had great fun planning and it was an amazing wedding that showcased so many great Cornish suppliers.

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Fireworks caught on film by us - Click image below to view

Wedding Fireworks planned by Perfect Preparation

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