Nothing could dampen Hannah and Liam's spirits as they embraced their atmospheric rustic wedding on the wettest day of the year
Hannah and Liam first met through mutual friends, "but I originally thought he was gay!" confesses Hannah. "Then a few years down the line, he finally asked me out on a date. I soon realised what a kind and genuine man he was," she reveals.
The surprise proposal happened years later while the couple were holidaying in Turkey. "Liam and I were on our first night - we went for dinner and then for a stroll down the pier, where he got down on one knee and proposed," remembers Hannah. "It was just him and me, and it set the tone for a lovely holiday together."
Choosing the scenic venue of Pengenna Manor for their rustic and natural wood-themed event, Hannah and Liam had their hearts set on an al fresco wedding. However, the heavens opened for what transpired to be the wettest day of summer and the rain was so unrelenting that they reverted to their wet weather back-up plan.
"Even down to the last ten minutes, we tried to get married outside but we just couldn't do it - the rain was too heavy and so our ceremony was held (for the first time) in the door archway of Pengenna Manor." An evocative ceremony was staged thanks to the stirring sounds of Celtic harpist, Pam Adams, along with the rhythm of the rain.
Guests toasted the newly-weds courtesy of a drinks reception featuring canapes and a Pimm's station before sitting down to a lavish three-course wedding breakfast under the cover of a beautifully decorated marquee.
Whetting appetites with a starter of Cornish crab, prosciutto ham, sun-blushed tomato and parmesan and basil salad on bruschetta, the main course impressed with chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ham or slow-cooked Cornish beef braised in red wine. Hot chocolate and fudge pudding with Cornish clotted cream, and summer Eton mess provided the perfectly decadent endnote.
Magician Lewis Belcher entertained the guests ahead of the evening reception, which saw a show-stopping DJ set and laser light show dazzle revellers as they celebrated throughout the night.
"I have so many!" says Hannah when asked to reveal her fondest memories from the day. "But definitely up there with my favourite moments was when my pugs were walked down the aisle as the ring bearers and were dressed up in matching outfits with the wedding party! It's safe to say that people were not expecting that!"
As predicted, her advice to other couples concerns planning for the logistics of a wet weather wedding, especially for those hoping for an outdoor ceremony. "Make arrangements so that you have some indoor cover. We had a marquee, which was incredible and a lifesaver because of the weather!" she says. "But then again, you can't have a beautiful rainbow without a little rain!" she points out.
Photography Toby Lowe tobylowephotography.co.uk
Venue Pengenna Manor pengennamanor.co.uk
Marquee Absolute Canvas absolutecanvas.co.uk
Dress Mori Lee at Prudence Gowns prudencegowns.com
Bridesmaids' dresses House of Fraser houseoffraser.co.uk
Hair Jemma Hope, Sally Butler
Make-up Lily Thomas facebook.com/LilyThomasMUA
Groom's outfit Ted Baker tedbaker.com/uk
Flowers Bruallen bruallen.co.uk
Catering Rocs Event Catering rocseventcatering.co.uk
Afternoon teas & cakes Lotties Vintage Tea Van facebook.com/Lottiesvintageteavan
Entertainment Pam Adams Celtic Harp pamscelticharp.co.uk
DJ & laser light show Love Weddings Cornwall loveweddingscornwall.co.uk
Lewis Belcher lbmagic.uk
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