The Spirited West Country Bride


Poldark wedding inspiration with excerpts from Winston Graham’s novels…

Ross Poldark is not a novel which ends with a wedding, like Jane Austen. It’s the first of twelve novels about a marriage, which lasts the rest of their lives. The sudden, shocking, unconventional marriage of Ross and Demelza is at the heart of this magnificent, beautifully written series of books.”  Tim Vicary


“And Ross again knew himself to be happy

– in a new and less ephemeral way than before. Someone — a Latin poet — had defined eternity as no more than this: to hold and possess the whole fullness of life in one moment, here and now, past and present and to come. He thought: if we could only stop here. Not when we get home, not leaving Trenwith, but here, here reaching the top of the hill out of Sawle, dusk wiping out the edges of the land and Demelza walking and humming at my side.” 



“I want her, not any other,

not the most beautiful eighteen-year-old damsel born out of a sea-shell, not the most seductive houri of any sultan’s harem; I want her with her familiar gestures and her shining smile and her scarred knees, and I know she wants me in just the same way, and if there’s any happiness more complete than this I don’t know it and am not sure I even want it.”




on the beauty of a person one loves are like grace notes adding something to a piece of music.”


“The past is over, gone.

What is to come doesn’t exist yet. That’s tomorrow! It’s only now that can ever be, at any moment. And at this moment, now, we are alive–and together. We can’t ask more. There isn’t any more to ask.”




“Not for the first time

he was conscious of emotional lights and shades in his wife that could not be categorised, could not be named as sensuous or emotional as such, perhaps derived from each and gave to each but in essence grew out of a deeper fund of temperament that he still could not altogether apprehend. The simple miner’s daughter was not simple in character at all.”


“Did I behave myself tonight, Ross?’

she asked.
‘Did I behave as Mrs Poldark should behave?’
‘You misbehaved monstrously,’ he said, ‘and were a triumph.”

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Concept, Direction & Photography: Liz Baker Photography  |  Floral Designer: Grace Alexander Flowers  |  Dress Designer: Lily and Louie Bespoke  |  Accessories: Victoria Fergusson Accessories  |  Venue: Midelney Manor  |  Stationery: De Winton Paper Co.  |  Styling for publication: The Luxe Design Company  |  Cake: Love Cakes & Sweet Treats  |  Hair & Make-up Artist: Charlotte Tillyer HMUA  |  Veils: Rebecca Anne Designs  |  Ring: Sarie Joynes Bespoke  |  Ring box: La Petit Box  |  Hand-dyed silks and ribbons: Bruton Silks  |  Shoes: Rachel Simpson  |  Video: Lux Films   |  Film Lab: Exposure Film Lab

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