Weddings on the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, have the potential to be either sub tropical and destination in character or be dramatic and full of energy. The potential to reflect both these would be possible in the photographs as well. The Scilly Isles have their own small registry office and small selection of Hotels, Restaurants and accommodation what would be able to support a modest wedding – probably not your guest list of 250 though – with the Scilly’s you may have to think small and intimate – but the opportunities are not so small. Having travelled to the Scilly’s the idea of a wedding in the surroundings of some of the spots on even the most built up island of St Mary’s are enough to get me excited. The scenic backdrops would be terrific on almost any day.
“The Isles of Scilly, an archipelago of about 150 granite islands, islets and rocks, 28 miles west south west of Land’s End, are according to legend, the only visible relic of Lyonesse, the land of Arthurian legend. The islands have many Bronze Age cairns and Iron Age remains. With a very mild climate, the chief industry outside of tourism is floriculture, with spring flowers grown in tiny sheltered fields being exported as early as November. The five largest islands are populated- St Mary’s, Tresco, Bryher, St Martin’s and St Agnes. Seals and seabirds abound on the uninhabited islands and the autumn migration of both sea and land birds is renowned. Hugh Town, St Mary’s where launches leave to all islands, is reached by ferry and helicopter from Penzance and plan from Land’s End Aerodrome (St Just).
St Mary’s is the largest island with most of the population centred on the capital Hugh Town, situated on the isthmus to The Garrison peninsula fortified by a 1.5 mile long granite wall punctuated with batteries and Star Castle (now a hotel). The Isles of Scilly Museum is in Church Street and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Center is on the Quay. To the north of the Island are the Bronze Age Bant’s Carn Burial Chamber and Iron Age Halangy Down Ancient Village, the best preserved Bronze Age burial mound being at Port Hellick Down to the south. On the south coast Old Town Bay churchyard has the graves of 120 people lost in the wreck of the German transatlantic liner ‘Schiller’ in 1875 and Porth Hellcik has a moment to Rear-Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell lost with the Association and three other ships in 1707 on the Western Rocks. Peninnis Head has the overhanging Pulpit Rock, ‘Logan Stone’ weighing over 300 tones and many naturally eroded granite shapes. Telegraph Hill is the highest point on St Mary’s and the Scilly at 51m (167 ft). Tresco is famous for its Tresco Abbey sub-tropical Gardens, on the site of a 12th century benedictine priory )of which an archway survives), and the Valhalla Collection of 19th century ships’ figureheads from vessels lost around the islands. The Contrasting rugged north end of the island beyond New Grimsby has King Charles’s Castle, the 17th century Cromwell’s Castle, the Old Blockhouse harbour gun tower at Old Grimsby and Piper’s Hole, a natural cave with pool. …” – AZ
Wedding Venues on the Isles of Scilly:
– St Mary’s Registry Office
– The Old Wesleyan Chapel
– St Martin’s Hotel
– Bell Rock Hotel
– The Atlantic Hotel
– Hell Bay Hotel
– Juliets Garden