Two years after their first coffee date - which turned into a whole day of "walking, talking and a lot of giggling" - Allen arranged a surprise weekend away for Gabby. Recreating that epic first date, the couple strolled along a beach in the sunshine before an impromptu game of Hangman spelt out the words 'Will you marry me?' on the sand.
"At first I thought he was joking, but when he got down on one knee and produced an engagement ring, to applause from the locals, I was over the moon," remembers Gabby.
Knowing they wanted to wed at St Breoke Church - "It has a lot of sentimental attachment and it was so important for us to be married there," explains Gabby - the couple chose Pengenna Manor for the reception. "Pengenna Manor was the first venue I saw, and I instantly fell in love with the place. I had goosebumps all over; I knew that this was going to be the place where I was going to celebrate my marriage to Allen."
Choosing a colour scheme of vintage creams, dusty pinks and mauve alongside wild ivy complemented the country shabby chic theme the couple embraced for their big day, with Allen choosing a coordinating mauve tie to bring the colour into his outfit. Meanwhile, one gown just wasn't enough for Gabby, who changed from her 'glamour with an air of refinement' Lusan Mandongus dress to a satin and lace ivory Mooshki gown. "A treasured moment was when I surprised Allen with my secret second wedding dress," she remembers. "He was standing outside Pengenna Manor and the look on his face said it all, like I was the only person there... I had to give a twirl, it was a twirling kind of dress!"
With the nuptials beginning at church, Allen was dubious about Gabby arriving on time... but she did! "When I first saw Gabby walking down the aisle, I knew in that moment that I was the luckiest man in the world," he says. "I was about to marry this wonderful woman, my best friend, and I couldn't be happier."
Their beautiful service was followed by a trip back to Pengenna in Daimlers and a vintage MG in time for garden games, a live singer and a second-to-none wedding breakfast. Starters of honey-roasted figs with Cornish Blue cheese and a main course of pan-seared duck breast were rounded off by an indulgent chocolate torte.
Into the evening, guests were treated to a dance floor-filling DJ set, while energy levels were kept up with hog roast rolls and a four-tiered cake made by Gabby's family. "It was my grandmother's recipe; my
mum and I made the cake with help from Allen, my sister-in-law decorated it beautifully, and the cake base was a lovely piece of wood from my cousin's woods."
As for Gabby's tips for others planning a wedding, she advises: "Work together, communicate and take the time for each other. Combine your ideas, as it's a day for both of you - and, importantly, enjoy it, as all that planning flies by in one day. It's totally worth it."
Photography Khalile Siddiqui weddingphotographyincornwall.co.uk
Venue St Breoke Church & Pengenna Manor pengennamanor.co.uk
Dresses Lusan Mandongus & Mooshki at The Bridal House of Cornwall thebridalhouseofcornwall.co.uk
Groom's suit Next next.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Monsoon monsoon.co.uk
Hair Emilie's Professional Hairdressing emiliesprohaircornwall.co.uk
Make-up Tamsyn Siddiqui cornwallweddingmake-up.co.uk
Marquee Hatch Marquee Hire southwestmarqueehire.co.uk
Marquee styling Unique Designs By Tina uniquedesignsbytina.com
Catering Kerra's Catering kerrascatering.co.uk
Transport HR Wedding Cars & South West Travel facebook.com/SWT2006
Flowers Flowers From Bruallen bruallen.co.uk
Entertainment Lucy Anna facebook.com/lucyannamusic
R2 Events r2events.co.uk
Bar Bars With Legs barswithlegs.co.uk
Stationery English Rose Stationery englishrosestationery.com