A sporting passion, Cornish food and being surrounded by family made Chelsey and Michael's wedding day a real winner
University sweethearts Chelsey and Michael became engaged during a camping trip in Fowey when Michael popped the question over prosecco and a picnic on a secluded beach.
"He told me he had got me an early birthday present. Out came the ring from his rucksack and he got down on one knee. It was very romantic and I cried a lot!" remembers Chelsey.
When it came to planning their wedding, two things quickly became the main focus of their day: them and their guests. "It was important to us that all sets of grandparents could stay onsite, and also that we could have our family dogs in attendance," explains Michael.
The idyllic setting of Tredudwell Manor was the venue of choice for their weekend of festivities, which saw an eclectic mix of personal influences materialise in the details of their day. Michael's rugby roots were honoured with rugby ticket invitations, rugby programme-style orders of service and rugby shirt table displays. Meanwhile, Chelsey and her family's former stint living down under was reflected by an 'Australia versus England' theme that was carried in everything from the stationery and reception decor to decorative details such as succulents.
"I also love the colours and smells of English country garden flowers so wanted an abundance of these," she says. "The boxes for the table display, the cake stand and the table display were all designed by myself and my dad, who hand-printed them with our names and the wedding date. They then doubled as keepsakes for all the grandparents, parents and us as planters!"
Cornish gin and tonics, cream tea canapes and garden games out in the sunshine commenced the post-ceremony celebrations, followed by a feast comprising Polperro scallops with goat's cheese, pear and walnut salad to start and rack of Cornish lamb and roasted Cornish hake for mains. Two trios of desserts delighted the sweet-toothed guests, with chocolate brownies, Eton Mess and lemon cheesecake presented alongside a vegan selection of strawberries, raspberries with raspberry puree, and chocolate brownies.
"There were wood-fired pizzas in the evening and a few dubious impromptu sing-a-longs once the DJ had finished," says Michael of the perfect end to their personality-packed day. "It was a day that is still being talked about by our family and friends and we wish we could do it all again!"
Chelsey fondly recalls her favourite moment. "Walking into the church with the string quartet playing and seeing Michael at the altar waiting for me. Seeing everyone we love in a beautiful location and with a wonderful song being played, walking side-by-side with my father, was an incredible moment that I will cherish forever."
And in terms of advice, she urges other couples to "make a list right at the start of things that are really important to you and stick to it. Be OK with the fact the day goes really quickly and give yourself time to stand back and really enjoy it!"
Groom & groomsmen's suits Ted Baker from Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Make-up Verity Lindley-Buckley
Handmade planters & table display Rob Francis
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