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Wedding at Knightor Winery

Wedding at Knightor Winery

It Must Be Love

Richard and Lyanne chose Knightor Winery for their fun and personalised party

"We bonded over snowboarding and shots," reminisces Richard, who met Lyanne when they were working in an Austrian ski resort back in 2004. His proposal followed on Christmas Eve morning in 2013 over breakfast in bed.

With a bespoke engagement ring on her finger, the couple started planning their wedding in the beautiful setting of Knightor Winery and Restaurant.

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A colour scheme of pink, red and ivory popped against the rustic backdrop of the granite barn, from the bouquets and blooms adorning the sleek white cake to the flowers arranged in jam-jars and teacups on the tables.

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Lyanne's blonde hair tumbled over the lace shoulders of her Naomi Neoh gown, while an ethereal headdress completed the dreamy look. Meanwhile, Richard donned a sharp suit with a statement pink tie that echoed her bridal bouquet.

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The ceremony took place amidst the oak beams and granite walls of Knightor's barn. Live musician Kaj provided the soundtrack for both Lyanne's arrival and the newly-weds' exit to 'Good Vibrations' by The Beach Boys, while a series of contributions from friends and family members - including a performance from Lyanne's niece - added to the highly personal dimension of the proceedings.

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Emerging to a shower of confetti, the newly-weds mingled with their guests over champagne, Pimm's and a Cornish cream tea, before a wedding breakfast comprising of a hog roast, paella and salads and a showstopping dessert buffet.

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The fun factor and personal touches were woven throughout the celebrations. Lyanne's idea to have a wellie wanging session went down a treat with old and young alike. "It was hilarious, and we got some great photos," comments Richard. "We wanted to involve everyone as much as we could. We plagiarised Facebook for as many photos of guests as we could find," he explains. The mini Polaroid images made for talking-point place settings. "People had fun looking through them all and reminiscing," he says.

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Local band Strawdogs provided an upbeat playlist for the evening reception, kicking off with the first dance to Etta James's 'At Last', which was sung by the couple's friend Kristy MacLeod. Another friend, Dionne Cummings, sang Bob Marley's 'It Must Be Love' later in the evening.

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Looking back on their memorable day, the couple offers some words of wisdom for those in the throes of planning their day. "It all comes down to personal choice in the end, but I think the things that made the day special and unique to us, and what we will remember when we think back, weren't things that we paid out a lot of money for," comments Richard. "It was case of getting friends and family involved and feeling that you don't have to stick to convention - unless you want to."

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Photography Albion Row Photography
Venue Knightor Winery and Restaurant
Dress Naomi Neoh from Boa Boutique
Groom's outfit Moss Bros, tie Duchamp, shirt Thomas Pink
Hair Capella
Entertainment Kaj

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