Imagine a perfect day. It’s mid-May and the sun is shining. Spring sunshine never disappoints, so you know the day is going to be a good one. The clearing comes into view as you trip through the bluebell wood on the historic Trefusis Estate. Stepping into the clearing, your senses are immediately activated. There’s a huge teepee and a vocal harmony group. The smell of food being cooked and fresh flowers everywhere make the space even more inviting. An Airstream pop up bar comes into view and then out of nowhere, Joshua appears, Mr Ben-like, with a tray of drinks. Hold on – am I having a truly Cornish dream?
Fortunately, this is no chimera, although the whole afternoon has a dreamlike quality about it. Which is fortunate, as I have my Mother-in-Law staying for the week. Not only is the week gloriously sunny, we manage to over-achieve in terms of going out and living out some kind of Cornish fantasy life. Tea on the beach – check, sunny day in St. Ives – check, tidy house – check, plants that don’t die all week – check.
But this. This beats everything into a cocked hat. We are all truly stunned.
The day is beautifully organised by Hayley Tamblyn who is the mastermind behind The Little Cornish Wedding Company. She might be a new arrival to the Cornish Wedding scene, but Hayley has quickly made inroads, due in part, to an impressive role-call of talents who help create a vision of wedding day perfection.
Woodfired food to share
After enjoying the choir, the drinks and meeting the other ‘guests’ we are seated in the teepee and treated to the experience of a Woodfired Canteen feast. Hayley understands that although dress codes and formality may have changed, our appreciation of ritual hasn’t – so we’re invited to light the candles together as a community awaiting the lovingly prepared feast. Thoughts of gratitude for food, family and friends pass through my mind in the collective act of lighting up the teepee – and the thought that ‘this is how life should always be.‘
Ben Quinn and his team provide a superb meal of roast chicken, potatoes and veg. The honest, simple and tasty food is popped in the middle of a table and with all the informality of a family gathered around a table, we tuck in, listen to each other’s stories and celebrate life.
Flowers, Chocolate and Cakes
The foraged greenery and flowers by Loulabel inside the tent are as impressive as those outside. The generous garlands hanging from, seemingly everywhere and make for a great accompaniment to the delicate lemon & elderflower sponge cake from our favourite baker, Christine Jensen (AKA Peboyron). As no meal is complete without a little chocolate, we were treated to a delicious treat from Cornish Artisan Chocolatier, Michael Longman, Chocolarder. I was sat on the same table as Christine and Micheal (always a good thing to be sat with the maker of the cake and the chocolate!) and it’s great to see how these two Cornish companies are making waves in their respective industries.
Our afternoon went all too quickly, but the memory of a perfect Cornish afternoon will stay with me. Community, friends, family, food and sunshine came together to create a little piece of heaven in the clearing at Trefusis House. My lovely Mother-in-Law was impressed although she left Cornwall thinking that this is how we spend every Sunday afternoon – well, we do, don’t we…….?
Well done Hayley – you absolutely pulled it off!
Take a look at the video and see who else was involved in the big day.