I love small weddings, they are the most intimate, and the display of love and closeness is always beautiful. Small and intimate weddings are a delight to document; you can see the love shining through every photograph in the album.
Choosing the perfect venue for your Cornish elopement wedding is very important. Going with a regular wedding venue can feel a little empty with fewer guests. You need a venue that suits your wedding numbers and helps to make everyone feel special.
After documenting Mr and Mrs Smith's wedding at Frieda and The Moon, I could not wait to see the photos through to completion. Couples planning a small and intimate celebration will so love this location. Below, I share my thoughts on why this is perfect for small weddings and pictures from the gorgeous wedding I captured there.
History of Frieda and the Moon
Okay, first, I know you're wondering about the unique name, so let's get that out of the way. Frieda and the Moon is inspired by Ted Hughes's poem Full Moon and Little Frieda. This poem perfectly sums up the concept of the perfect hideaway that this beautiful wedding venue portrays.
Frieda and the Moon is located at An Skiber Goth, Tresawson, Lanreath and is a hidden treasure you'll enjoy. The breathtaking tranquillity of the secluded valley and the rolling views give you a glimpse into this venue's beauty. Your time here will be unforgettable.
Wedding Celebration at Frieda and the Moon
Frieda and the Moon is perfect for small weddings, elopements, vow renewals, and pagan marriages. For this reason, it takes a maximum of 12 people, including the couple. This is a family-run business, so every wedding here is personal and one of a kind.
Small weddings need a different approach, and this is a skill that Frieda and the Moon have perfected. The Smith family enjoyed themselves here, as you'll see from the pictures. Below is a glimpse into what this wedding venue has to offer couples.
For your wedding ceremony, Frieda and the Moon offers two beautiful spaces:
Couples planning a wedding at Frieda and The Moon can have their ceremony at The Studio. This gorgeous little space is licensed and timber framed with oak floors and stained glass. You can get a registrar to make your wedding here legal, and the owners can even stand in as your witnesses.
Couples can also have a celebrant-led wedding ceremony at the Studio. This can be a standalone celebration but usually takes place after the legal ceremony. Mr and Mrs Smith had their lovely ceremony with their kids in the Studio.
The Hornbeam Circle
Say your "I dos" in an unforgettable ceremony surrounded by romantic circles at twilight. The Hornbeam Circle is the second ceremony space at Frieda and the Moon and is a delight. You'll feel very at one with nature in this woodland groove with fairy lights. The availability of this space, however, depends on the weather.
Wedding receptions at Frieda and the Moon take place at the Studio. The venue handles in-house catering, depending on your wedding number. You could also have a blue horsebox catering wagon set up anywhere on site for your evening celebration.
Catering at this venue includes breakfast hampers, high tea, a grazing table, a bbq crate and a café menu. All of these are prepared in the venue kitchen, but takeout, visiting caterers and other services can be arranged for larger groups. Please note that vegan alternatives are available.
As you can see, the venue makes for fantastic wedding photographs that you will surely treasure for decades. There are photo opportunities all around the venue, wether its the hornbeam circle, the studio, the grounds overlooking the rolling hills or even the local beach if you want to feel the sand between your toes!
Every bouquet at Frieda and the Moon is a one-off and made just for you. This is so lovely and ensures that every couple becomes a part of the beautiful story of this venue. The bouquet is made to fit with the wedding colours and incorporates seasonal wildflowers and foliage. Each bouquet is also named after the bride that carries it.
For your accommodation at this venue are two unique spaces- the tabernacle and the observatory. Both sleep two and come with a private hot tub. You'll get just the romantic getaway you've always wanted if you book this venue.
If you're a small wedding party of 4, you can book these. For weddings with more guests, you can find lovely bed and breakfasts and holiday cottages nearby to book for the duration of the celebrations.
Want to spice up your ceremony? How about using Little Man the Alpaca or Figgy the Owl as your ring bearers? They'll look fabulous in your wedding pictures, an experience you and your loved ones will never forget.
Frieda and The Moon understand that personalisation is essential to your wedding. So whatever requests you have for your entertainment, just let them know. Paul and Babs, the couple, are also accomplished musicians and entertainers who can provide this service.
Frieda and the Moon Pricing
Pricing at this wedding venue is quite versatile, and I love that the owners are very upfront about the numbers.
Your wedding venue cost depends on where you are having your wedding. Weddings at The Studio cost £1400.00 + VAT. This package includes using the Studio for the morning and evening celebrations. You'll also get a bottle of champagne, your bouquet, a buttonhole and flowers for the room.
The Hornbeam Circle is also available as an add-on after a legal celebration in the Studio at £300.00 + VAT. However, if you want to book this venue as a standalone without the Studio, it costs £750.00 + VAT. You also get the Studio on standby as a wet-weather alternative for this option.
Catering at this Cornish wedding venue includes breakfast hampers, high tea, a grazing table, bbq crate, all going at £35 per head + VAT. You can also book the blue horsebox café option for £495.00 + £35 per person + VAT. This option is, however, only available for weddings with a minimum of six guests.
Stays at the Tabernacle or Observatory cost £150.00 + VAT per night. Most couples stay for three days, with the day of the celebration being the middle of the three days. It's a very romantic experience!
My elopement photography package is perfect for your intimate Frieda and the Moon ceremony. The package covers up to two hours, enough for the ceremony, photos at the venue and maybe even a trip to the local beach if you wish. My elopement package is just £299, with more extended packages available.
Getting a celebrant to do a personalised and romantic ceremony at Frieda and the Moon costs £250.00 + VAT.
Paul and Babs are happy to do an hour of romantic songs and banter at just £250.00 + VAT. This option works best for couples who have booked the café menu under the skies. You, your partner and your loved ones will have a fabulous time.
Final Words on Frieda and the Moon
Are you planning to elope or throw a minimal wedding? Then you should talk to Paul and Babs at Frieda and the Moon. You'll love the beautiful memories and uniqueness of your celebration at this venue.
I also love the many photographic opportunities that this venue has to offer. The spaces are very picturesque, and you could also have your wedding photos taken on the beach like this couple. So, what do you say? Does this sound like your dream wedding venue?
Do you need an experienced Cornish wedding photographer to capture your wedding at Frieda and the Moon?
I'd love to help you document your special memories at this venue and other locations in and around Cornwall. Want to know more? Contact me today!
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My name is Steven! I'm a full-time documentary wedding photographer from Cornwall. I specialise in relaxed and unposed photography, capturing the moments of your day as they happen.
I love what I do, and I always have fun doing it. If you are looking for someone to capture every moment, create beautiful lasting memories, someone who will laugh with your guests, talk to the kids, pet all the dogs and get stuck into almost any task on the day, then I am the person for you!