Wedding Album: The Steer’s, September 2017

 

 

It was the most relaxed happy day ever and everyone made it so special for us”

Tina and Peter are besotted. There is no if, buts or maybes, this beautiful couple are absolutely crazy about each other. Choosing to ‘run away’ and tie the knot just the two of them, they only told a handful of close family members before travelling down to Cornwall. Tina explains;

“On our first holiday together Peter and I visited the Hidden Hut and I remember standing on the beach thinking that I could marry this man… right here! Little did I know he was also thinking the same thing. Porthcurnick beach and the headland became our favourite place and we kept returning… in May 2017 we did a mad day trip from the New Forest and got engaged on the beach! Walking back up the hill we saw The Rosevine and the final piece fell into place! We knew there was nowhere else we would want to get married. With the blessing of our kids, dogs and families we decided to do it our way…just the 2 of us….no fuss, no table plans, no guests.”

Choosing to say ‘I do’ in front of our fire in our lounge, we had to use pillar candles on the day to gain some glow as the hot sunshine shone down on these two at the end of September. Myself and colleague acted as the couples witnesses as they shared their emotional and happy vows. The ceremony was rounded off with a spontaneous operatic rendition of happy birthday from one of the registrars when he discovered it was also the bride’s birthday!

Following the ceremony the loved up couple and photographer Toby Lowe, headed out into the sunshine for a walk down to the beach and along the coast path. “We walked down to the headland and had an amazing time with Toby on our own personal photo shoot.  Climbing down rocks (no mean feat in a wedding dress!), being waved at by Cornish fishermen in their boat, and paddling in the sea our wellies…huge fun!” The resulting photos are just out of this world…

While Tina and Peter were out enjoying the sunshine, the team set up a table in the garden with flowers picked from the garden, chilled champagne, and a platter of nibbles for an al fresco sundowner to remember. They then followed this by dining on Head Chef Tim’s a la carte menu looking out to sea.

“We were blessed with the most beautiful sunny day and we were so happy. Everyone made us feel so special and we just beamed all day! For us The Rosevine holds a special place in our heart and gave us a day we will remember forever. We would not have changed a thing!”

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Toby Lowe Photography
Make up by Amy Pike

Wedding Album: Rosevine Hotel, The Tomlin’s October 2017

“We both had our hearts set on the Rosevine – it just felt right!”

Anna-Louise and Ivan are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. The couple could not have been more loving, kind or full of laughter every single time we spoke or met them. After nearly a decade together the pair ‘s genuine devotion to each other is completely infectious. On the first weekend in October 2017 we welcomed the couples nearest and dearest for the weekend to celebrate their wedding, the whole party were so close and caring they were a joy to be around.

The first to arrive to the wedding was in fact The Father of the Groom in his vintage Rolls Royce on the Thursday afternoon! Purchased specially for the wedding after many years trying to convince the family he ‘needed one’. After breaking down several times from Polruan where the family live and Portscatho, the Rolls ended up in our car park for far longer than expected until a tow could be arranged!

The weekend began when the two love birds arrived and excitingly ran around the house putting up pictures of their guests on the door of the room they would be residing. We then put up the metres and metres of bunting Anna-Louise had painstakingly made in the wedding colour theme of soft grey tones. Once the bunting was up the BBQ commenced to kick of the celebrations.

 

Following a morning of pampering for the girls and a laid-back breakfast for the boys, the couple surrounded by their 65 guests wed at 1pm in our restaurant and it was just beautiful. Throughout the planning period the couple had told me how much they liked gin. So, post ceremony the party began with gin based bramble cocktails, which sweetly is the same name as one of their beloved dogs. Canapes accompanied the velvet tones of Lucy -Anna who performed as a surprise for Anna-Louise, arranged by Ivan in the lead up to the day.

Three downright hilarious speeches followed from Anna-Louise’s brother- in- law, Ivan and the best Man, before the wedding feast commenced.

Starter – Smoked salmon and beetroot salad with horseradish dressing

Main – Braised steak au poires, mashed potatoes and market veg

Dessert – Homemade berry pavlova

The laughter, gin and dancing ramped up another gear altogether when The Struts started performing! Two live sets and a DJ hour had the whole party dancing the night away, celebrating the marriage of two very special people. When we say everyone was dancing we really mean it…

October the 6th and 7th must be one of our favourite weekends of this year. Not only was it great to get to know such a great couple who we now consider friends, it was a lot of fun and a real honour to help make their wedding everything they hoped for.

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Photography – Heart Shaped Stone Photography

Singing – Lucy Anna Music

Band – The Struts

Cake – Jenna’s Signature Bakes

Dress – Elaine Rawlings Bridal

“When we saw the Rosevine for the first time, we knew instantly that this was the place where we wanted to get married because it provided the perfect setting for our friends and family. However, when we got married we realised that the extremely helpful and brilliant staff were so much more, and in fact the Rosevine wouldn’t be anywhere near what it is without the wonderful staff who go above and beyond in every way. We wanted the staff to mix in with our friends and family to share in our celebrations and they did this perfectly, many of our friends and family commented after the wedding what wonderful staff worked at the Rosevine. We really feel that we have made some lovely friends! The food matched the highest of expectations among our guests – everything was just perfect! We couldn’t recommend the Rosevine enough, it really is the most amazing place to get married and the accommodation is top notch.” Ivan & Anna – Louise Tomlin.

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“The magic of our stay at The Rosevine started as we left the A30 to venture down the quintessentially Cornish lanes. Often shrouded with trees creating a real far-away-from-it-all feel, before we had even arrived at our destination.

As we pulled into the car park we could not help but be impressed by the accuracy of the “big house by the sea” description coined in the hotel’s marketing material. Then, immediately, our focus was drawn to the late afternoon view over the sub-tropical gardens to the sea, and that huge sky that you only find when you venture out of the metropolis. The location could not be more idyllic.

From the get-go the staff could not have made us more welcome. Our bags taken care of, a quick tour of the hotel, arrangements for dinner made – all with a huge smile and cheerful conversation that made us feel like we were old friends being welcomed for the weekend.

Our suite was just perfect, taking in those views across the garden to the sea. Over the course of our stay, we enjoyed the stunning view equally well from the balcony, our dining area and even our bed! On the first evening we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink on the balcony enjoying the remains of the day as the sun slide slowly away.

We took a dip in the indoor heated pool, and later on we made our way to the restaurant, perfect appointed with views over the garden to the sea.

Supper that evening was a real surprise. Often hotel food can be bland, uninspiring and even taste distinctly pre-made. This is certainly not the case at The Rosevine.

We enjoyed a real treat of seasonal, locally sourced food, freshly prepared by the hotels’ kitchen team headed by Tim Pile. I had a gorgeous starter of succulent local crab, fresh herbs served with pickled courgette and apple. My husband chose pan-fired scallops, pork belly served with crown prince pumpkin puree.

On the main courses were equally impressive, duck leg and spiced sausage cassoulet for me and monkfish, pollack, mussel casserole served with saffron potatoes and caveola Nero.  The duck was melt-in-your mouth tender and the fish perfectly cooked. The portion sizes were generous, so much so that we couldn’t manage a dessert!

We selected a Chardonnay to go with our meal, and this also ticked all the boxes for me – oaky, buttery and golden to the eye.

Once again, the service was excellent and the atmosphere relaxed and mellow so that we could take the meal at our own pace. No wonder this restaurant is Michelin Guide listed.

On retiring to our room some hours later we were lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of the sea lapping the shore just 150 meters away.

Breakfast started with a smile again from a cheery member of staff, who welcomed us even though in retrospect I realised we were slightly early for the day’s first meal. That’s one of the best aspects of this hotel, their willingness to work with you at your pace and not make you feel stupid! It may seem a small thing, but all too often this is not the case.

The buffet selection of freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals, cold meats and cheese hit the spot to start with, I followed this with my favourite childhood treats – boiled eggs and soldiers. The eggs were perfectly cooked, which by this stage of our stay was not a surprise.

We strolled on to the beach just 150 meters from the hotel and wandered along the coastal path after breakfast. Even after such a short stay, we left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and thoroughly spoilt.

For me this trip was to test-drive this venue to ensure it meets the high standards we insist on for our Petite Wedding venues. Yes, I know it’s a tough job! Having spent some time as guests at the hotel I can see it’s equally perfect for elopements for 2, through to larger weddings for up to 60. The location, food and exceptional levels of friendly service are three key ingredients that form the basis of a very special wedding ceremony and celebration.”

Jane Caterer, Petite Weddings

 

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Wedding Album : Rosevine Hotel, The Carson’s June 2017

“We really want an intimate and elegant day with food and wine to match”

wedding rosevine hotel carsons the flowersLynsey and Craig are so in tune with each other. Now that is a big statement to make when you meet as many couples as we do in the hospitality industry, but during the planning of their wedding, the couple of days before and the day itself they both could not have been more relaxed about the commitment they were about to make to each other. The photos and memories just highlight further how at ease and happy they both are with each other. (Just look at how much laughter!)

Over two days in June 2017 Lynsey, Craig and 50 guests celebrated their marriage in a quiet corner of the Cornish coast. The weekend kicked off in style with catch ups, cuddles and a couple of G&T’s(!). The plan was a family BBQ on the nearest beach and even a little bit of drizzle didn’t stop this party from strolling down to the sand to enjoy!

Bright and early the guests were woken by a gentle knock at the door as breakfast hampers were delivered, to be devoured in their apartments while getting suited and booted. Now what about the couple themselves? Craig spent most of the morning relaxing in the swimming pool with his groomsmen and Lynsey sipped Moet and had a giggle with her girls as she was pampered in her suite. Like I said, the most chilled out morning for the pair of them!

The couple chose to have their ceremony here at The Rosevine overlooking the sea. Emotional and full of love, the vows were beautiful and meaningful. Post ‘I Do’s’ everyone could not wait to enjoy the sunshine that had appeared. Plenty of prosecco and gorgeous singing from acoustic singer Cariss were the perfect pairing to the drinks reception. As the guests enjoyed the garden the team set to work to transform the house into the elegant dinner party layout Lynsey had envisioned. White linen, candles and soft pretty pastel flowers decorated the tables and window sills, the overall effect was classic and beautiful.

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Both the bride and the groom are big foodies and wanted the wedding breakfast to be a highlight of their wedding. Pulling together ideas from both the couple and Head Chef Tim, along with a weekend in Cornwall to taste, the menu was decided and enjoyed by all.

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Starter – Soy marinated chicken skewer, gem lettuce, mango, lime and cucumber salad with peanut and sweet chilli dressing

Main – Slow Cooked Short rib of beef, buttery mash, caramelised shallot puree, red wine Jus & market vegetables

Dessert – Homemade arctic roll, clotted ice cream, fresh strawberries and raspberries

What followed had to be some of the most animated speeches we have seen! Craig buried his head in his hands on a few occasions and Lynsey just cried with laughter next to him! The party spilled out into the late afternoon sun for games, giggling and one or two Bramble cocktails. We have these two to blame entirely for our new-found love of these very tasty drinks, so much so we now serve them as a permanent fixture on our drinks menu! (Get the recipe here)

Now let’s just talk about the cake!! The 4-tiered masterpiece was handmade by Lynsey’s mother who came down to Cornwall early to make it in her rental cottage a few days before the big day. Sorry ladies and gents unbelievably this is not what she does for a living so I cannot pass you her number, but what an amazing and personal touch to the day.

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This group were really up for a dance and a party, with so much excitement and a few brambles on board, as soon as DJ Robin began the dancefloor was packed! The celebrations lasted long into the night and I am proud to report the lovebirds were the last two standing.

Plenty of weary heads and a mountain of bacon were present, as everyone came down for a much-needed cooked breakfast before making the journey home.

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Photography – Olivia Whitbread-Roberts

Flowers – George MacKay

Hair – Sarah at Capella Hair

DJ – Fistral Stereo

“Thank you so much for everything you and the team did for us over the weekend – it’s no mean feat with so many people! It was everything we imagined and dreamed of, it couldn’t have been more perfect!”

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Wedding theme inspiration: A garden party by the sea

At The Rosevine on the Roseland Peninsula you can mix both garden party and coastal cool for a wedding with the wow factor. Here we offer our top tips for a stunning garden party themed wedding by the sea…

•    A quintessential garden party requires a beautiful garden, and at The Rosevine the landscaped lawns reach down towards the sea

•    Nothing says a garden party quite like a tipi or marquee on the lawn, a venue where you have the warmth of indoors but the feeling of being outdoors too. Decorate with lights and string photos throughout for a personal touch

•    When you think garden party you think roses, so fill jam jars or galvanised containers with beautiful blooms and wrap with lace or twine for English country garden wedding table decorations

•    Welcome your guests to the reception in style. Serve your favourite drinks – Pimms, mojitos, or a Moet champagne bar or personalise your own – we’ve had “George’s Marvellous Medicine” before! And to accompany drinks send round some classic British canapes such as mini burgers, Cornish clotted cream scones and Cornish tapas slates. Live music playing is a great way to add atmosphere – maybe a string band or an acoustic guitarist

•    A garden party is a wonderful idea for weddings with children, lots of space for them to run around playing football, croquet and table tennis (adults will love it too!). Think about having their own tent for games and colouring, or booking an entertainer. And an indoor den is great for chilling out once they’ve finished eating

•    There are many opportunities for great photographs at a garden party – informal shots whilst guests enjoy their welcome drinks and canapes through to group shots with the gardens and Gerrans Bay in the background

•    At dusk, light the storm candles and switch on the fairy lights for a cosy romantic feel and watch as fireworks light up the sky.
The Rosevine has some availability for weekend exclusive use weddings next year; including (but not limited to) 10-12 March, 28-30 April, 9-11 May, 16-18 June 2017.