Summer 2016, one of the hottest and longest summers we have had for years, right? Right. Apart from the weekend of the 20th of August. Lucy and Nick Parnell chose to get married in late August, planned a wedding involving fun photo shoots on the beach, a marquee, numerous outdoor activities, an outdoor cocktail bar, and a silent disco. But being Cornwall in England, the weather didn’t quite go to plan. Instead, they got a severe weather warning, heavy rain, cold winds and a very grey sky. But what they also got, was a day and night which was filled with so much fun, love and happiness that in fact neither of them even batted an eyelid at the wind or the rain, and nor did the guests.
For the Bride, the day started out with her, her bridesmaids and her parents getting ready at the house. Breakfast and bubbles prepared by big sister/maid of honour, Amy, gifts for all from the Groom followed by hair done at the Beach Shack organic hair salon in Newquay.
For the Groom, the day started out with a (very questionable) surf at Great Western Beach with his Groomsmen, followed by a quick change at the marquee, presents from his soon to be wife and then straight to the Church….via the pub for your standard pre wedding jagerbomb…!
After a beautiful ceremony at Crantock Church, the new Mr and Mrs Parnell and their wedding guests made their way to the marquee at Crantock Village Hall. Here, guests were wowed by a beautiful dining room, decorated by the bridal party; a pastel colour scheme, (hundreds) of handmade paper pompoms hanging from the ceiling, hessian table runners, gypsophila centre pieces, homemade sloe gin favours, and beautiful acoustic ukulele and guitar played by the Bride & Groom’s friends, Laura and Lee.
The Wedding Breakfast, prepared by the bride’s Aunty Mandy (huge shout out to her and the mother of the bride for catering for 200+ people!) was enjoyed by everyone whilst listening, laughing and crying to the speeches made by the father of the bride, the groom himself and his two best men!
Once everybody was full of delicious food and fabulous cake, guests made their way back into the hall to find music provided by Ben on the decks - a good friend of the couple, a homemade, personalised cocktail bar and of course, a “grab a prop and strike a pose” photo booth. It didn’t take long for everyone to get on the dance floor (perhaps something to do with the strength of the cocktails!), especially after the Bride & Groom’s mash up first dance, encouraging everyone to get involved! The dancing and cocktails (getting stronger by the hour!) continued into the night, the bride had a dance off with her dad and some questionable poses were being pulled in the photo booth!
At 11pm the Silent Disco arrived – genius way of defeating the noise curfew – and in true Cornwall Silent Disco fashion, everybody went crazy. With three DJ’s, Red, Blue and Green, the room was alive with bold dance moves, terrible singing, and the happiest bunch of people I have seen for a while!
Everything about this wedding was truly special, so much effort was put into it by so many people to make it unique, fun and relaxed, and that’s exactly what it was – a true reflection of the beautiful Mr. and Mrs. Parnell.
To see the pictures of Lucy and Nick's big day, go to client albums - Lucy and Nick