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Wedding at Merchants Manor, Cornwall

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Claire and Noel's sunny wedding at Merchants Manor

"Noel and I met whilst on a training week for work which took place at the Merchants Manor (then the Green Lawns Hotel) almost exactly ten years to the day of the wedding," explains Claire. After almost a decade together and two children, Noel popped the question prior to a Basement Jaxx gig in Plymouth. "We spent the evening dancing the night away, both of us over the moon! I will never forget it," says Claire. Fittingly, the couple returned to the setting of their fortuitous meeting to celebrate their marriage.

The celebrations at Merchants Manor were preceded by a ceremony at St Gluvias Church in Penryn, where Claire donned a dreamy lace gown and a loose romantic up do, while her bouquet was a pretty cluster of ivory and pale peach blooms with blue-green foliage. In keeping with the colour scheme of navy, gold and peach, her bridesmaids wore blush dresses with details to echo the embellishment on Claire's gown; the younger bridesmaids dazzled in gold frocks, and the groom looked dapper in a slim line navy suit and blush tie.

After the vows, the newly-weds ventured to Fox Rosehill Gardens for photographs and together-time in the sunshine before arriving at Merchants Manor for celebratory bubbly and a wedding breakfast featuring the sumptuous likes of West Country topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables and dark chocolate and raspberry delice. The tables were dressed with gorgeous decor reflecting the pretty palette, including teacup tiered stands filled with flowers, which were made by the groom.

Kicking off the evening party with a first dance to Arctic Monkeys' 'Baby I'm Yours,' everyone danced the night away to a DJ set of dance floor favourites.

"My favourite part of the day was probably seeing Noel's face when I was walking down the aisle; it was everything I had ever imagined - perfect," says Claire. "Make time for yourselves," she says, reflecting on the decisions which made their day so magical. "We had a table for two at the wedding breakfast which meant we got some valuable time together to chat and relax. The rest of the day we were then able to spend talking with our guests."

Photography Ashley Hampson
Venue St Gluvias Church and Merchants Manor
Dress David Tutera at Lavender Rose 
Bridesmaids' dresses Monsoon
Hair Sinead Kelly
Groom's outfit Moss Bros
Flowers The Crafty Flowerpot
Transport Duchy Cars

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