Wedding at Nancarrow Farm Cornwall
Katy and Wella's summer celebration at Nancarrow
Wella decided where to ask Katy to marry him two years before the proposal. And on the day he managed to bag clear blue skies and bright sunshine. "Katy said Glencoe was her favourite place in the world. We were on holiday climbing the three highest peaks in the UK and on the way to Ben Nevis we stopped at Glencoe and climbed up the middle of the three sisters and I popped the question by the waterfall," says Wella. "Unfortunately, on the way up, one of the champagne glasses shattered in my bag so we improvised with a plastic SpongeBob cup!"
As both are lifelong Volkswagen fans - Katy's first words to her soon-to-be-husband Wella, were "I love your Beetle!" referring to the car he owned - the classic vehicles were a key feature on their wedding day. They used Wella's 1970s' Beetle for transporting himself, the best man and the bridesmaids to the church, as well as hiring a 1967 split-screen campervan for the bride's arrival at the church.
Their rainbow colour scheme infused the day with further character; the vibrant palette was carried beautifully through the floral arrangements, perfectly complementing Katie's blush gown by Naomi Neoh and the deep purple hue of the bridesmaids' dresses.
Katy and Wella said their vows at Mawnan Smith Church on the Helford River, where Wella broke the ice by booming 'I WILL' loudly at the vicar after his request they both speak loudly and clearly. "It had everyone laughing and broke the formal atmosphere leaving us all more relaxed," remembers Katy.
As both Katy and Wella are gardeners, their exit from the church as a married couple couldn't have been more appropriate. "Katy works as a gardener up the road from the church at Glendurgan, and the morris team and the gardeners were stood outside the doorway for a guard of honour with sticks and rakes sprayed gold," says Wella.
After photographs and morris dancing outside the church, guests made their way to Nancarrow Farm where they were served canapes and Pimm's poured from teapots into mismatched china cups. A sumptuous feast followed, including honey soaked mackerel crostini, low and slow crispy pork and organic Nancarrow beef and chocolate and orange torte.
The evening featured a heady mix of champagne, mouth-watering pork slow cooked in the Texan firepit and ceilidh dancing. The celebrations were not over, however, before the bride had demonstrated her prowess in the garden. "During the evening I found my gardening volunteers surrounding a couple of Wella's friends who had found a wood pile and an axe. They were competing, trying to split logs but kept missing. They asked if I wanted a go and placed bets that I wouldn't hit anything. I swung the axe and slit the log in half with a clean cut and walked away to cheers from my volunteers, who love to relive the moment I stood holding an axe on my wedding day!" laughs Katie.
Photography Lizzie Churchill www.lizziechurchill.com
Venue Mawnan Smith Church and Nancarrow Farm www.nancarrowfarm.co.uk
Dress Naomi Neoh at The Bridal House of Cornwall www.thebridalhouseofcornwall.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Debenhams www.debenhams.com
Hair Jessie at JJ's Hair Design www.jjsalon.biz
Make-up Aline Kaloudi www.facebook.com/aline.mua/timeline?ref=page_internal
Groom's outfit Ted Baker at Moss Bros www.moss.co.uk
Flowers Wedding Flowers in Cornwall www.weddingflowersincornwall.co.uk
Transport VW Dream Weddings www.vwdreamweddings.com
Entertainment The Ransome Crawlers 01209 820939
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