Lucy and Mark met through mutual friends. "We had known of one another for years and one day, our paths crossed on a boat trip up the River Severn," Lucy tells us. "We had so much fun that day so Mark asked me out on a date. We enjoyed a meal in a local pub and it became apparent that we had similar interests and were perfect for each other. I also thought he was handsome and charming yet clever and funny." Mark tells us that he felt an attraction to Lucy as soon as he saw her on the boat. "She was beautiful, funny, witty and intelligent – everything I wanted."
The couple became engaged in a surprise proposal at Mark's 40th birthday party. "We threw a large party for all of our friends and family and I suddenly noticed that Mark was missing," Lucy explains. "He soon appeared in the marquee dressed in his tux holding a bottle of champagne and proposed to me then and there in front of everyone! It was amazing, the best surprise ever. We partied the entire night and everyone had a wonderful time."
Here, Lucy tells us about their marquee wedding styled with a pink, pale green and white colour scheme.
We suspended flowers and ivy from the ceiling along with two large cartwheels adorned with blooms.
We collected branches from trees and fixed them to the sides and ceiling of the marquee, then decorated them with lights and lanterns.
We wanted a church ceremony and St.Mary's Church was perfect for this. Our marquee reception meant that we had a blank canvas to add our decorative touches to, and my friends helped me style it.
Our place names were hand-written on to decorative cards.
We had a mix of round and square tables indifferent sizes in our marquee that were namedafter the peaks of the Malvern Hills.
One of my best friends made myhair vine out of crystals that added aspecial touch and looked beautiful.
We made our centrepieces ourselves. Wevisited a flower market to gather differentvarieties for our tables and displayed them inlarge vases. Each arrangement was eclecticand we added mix-and-match candlesticksthat looked amazing.
My dress suited me perfectly. I teamedit with a white feather bolero, silvercrystal earrings and my pink, green andwhite bouquet.
We hired a saxophonist to play during the drinks reception followed by a DJ and a bongo player for the evening.
Our bridesmaids wore multiway dresses indifferent colours from the same companyteamed with marabou feather shrugs.
We served our guests steak, salad, bread,cheese, and pavlova for dessert. For theevening reception we had paella followed bymacaroons, cake and fizz!
The car I hired let me down at the last minute so a friend of a friend came to collect mebefore the ceremony in his vintage jaguar. I forgot to remind him to pick us up after theceremony so Mark and I had to hitch a lift back from the church!