Lucy Bunt and Samuel Cascarina: An Italy meets Cornwall wedding

30 Jan 2019

Drawing inspiration from their Italian-themed workplace and coastal location in Cornwall, Lucy and Samuel's wedding day was a personal reflection

How did you meet?

At Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall (our workplace). As I came in for my interview, Sam was sat at the bar folding napkins as I waited to greet the manager. 

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Tell us about the proposal.

Thinking I was headed to start work that evening, Sam took me for a walk on Watergate Bay beach beforehand, and as we were sat on the rocks he turned to face me and proposed in front of everyone. Then we headed to Fifteen for a celebration where all our family and friends were waiting in the private dining room. Safe to say I had no work that evening. It had all been planned and kept secret by all my colleagues.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

The theme was Italian with a Cornish twist and the main colour scheme was aqua with ocean colours for the décor.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose The Rosevine Hotel because both Sam and I grew up in Cornwall, so we had to be married near the sea and the tipi marquee was something different. 

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I knew when no other dresses suited me. The dress was an Amanda K Bridal signature from Truro. I visited most of Cornwall's wedding dress shops; I think I tried on about 35 dresses, all different styles as I had no idea what I wanted my dress to look like.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

The bridesmaids wore an aqua coloured floor-length mesh and lace dress from Chi Chi London. I had four bridesmaids; two of my friends from my secondary school and two of my friends who I met at work (Fifteen) who have known Sam and I from the very beginning. 

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

My mum wore a tropical coloured floral dress by Oscar de la Renta.

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Where did you find your suits?

Sam bought his suit from an online bespoke company called The Drop, complete with our initials hand-stitched inside the jacket.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Our flowers were from a lady called Clare Webb at Cornish Cutting Garden near Helston. They grow organic wild flowers and support local communities so it was a really lovely way of sourcing wedding flowers. I didn’t know what my bouquet would look like until I received it but you could definitely trust Clare with everything.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

  • Men’s and childrens favours were personalised M&Ms with our names and wedding date on, and ladies favours were organic soaps from Trevarno.
  • As it was an Italian theme, we had our tables named after Italian places we had either visited before or had planned to visit on honeymoon.
  • We handmade oyster and scallop shell candles (I had collected the shells from work) as well as the table plan and place names.
  • Our order of the day was hand-painted by a friend onto a pallet.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I definitely felt self-conscious and very excited to finally marry Sam. At the same time, I felt comfortable as I was in my home church with everyone I loved in one room, which put me at ease.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

Our ceremony was at our church in Truro so the pastor that married us knew us personally from the last two years. We chose which songs we wanted and the church band performed them. Readings were given by my godmother and some of the groomsmen, based on marriage. While we were signing the register a slideshow of photos was shown that we had put together from the three years of our relationship, displayed to songs that were significant to us.

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What was your most memorable moment?

I think it was going down to the beach for a photo shoot with the bridal party at golden hour. Also seeing both our families get to know each other, some for the first time.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Planning everything. Sam, my mum and I were so excited but found doing all this without my dad, who passed away suddenly five years ago, quite emotional and a challenging prospect for us.

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What was the most important investment for you?

As we met in a restaurant, food had to be a top priority. People love good food and with an Italian theme, it had to be tasty.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

We chose Love Is A Verb by John Mayer. We felt the lyrics to the song were the most relatable and actually described love accurately, unlike a lot of songs out there today.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Yes, we had Fistral Stereo (he does the silent discos at Fistral beach); safe to say he was an awesome DJ and played all our requested songs. He started the evening off with some chilled-out vibes (the likes of Ben Howard) and things got more upbeat after the first dance.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

Our cake was more like a piece of art. It displayed a sunset at Watergate Bay, with figurines of Sam and I sat at the bottom on the sand, where Sam and I first met and where I got proposed to. The bottom tier was red velvet, the third layer was rich chocolate, the second was mocha and the top tier was fruit with amaretto (which we are saving for Christmas).

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

I honestly don’t think I would change anything; perhaps make more time to speak to family and friends for longer. Although we caught the ceremony and speeches on video, we would have liked a video put together of the whole day.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

Not really; I accidentally signed the register with my new name which was meant to be my maiden name, but that’s about it.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

I had some good advice from friends; making sure I smelt my bouquet and making sure I spoke to everyone. However, I’d say just to enjoy the day and not worry about things that might not even happen.

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Where did you go on honeymoon? 

We went to Italy on the Monday (two days after the wedding) which was perfect timing. Sam had booked everything, so I had no idea where we were off to. We started in Pisa, then travelled down to Rome, then Amalfi for seven nights. It was 12 days of gastronomic delight.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Get all the major things booked early on and worry about the details later. It’s better you have booked the suppliers you want at your wedding, and then you can space out the rest of the planning to make it less stressful. Also, my hired wedding car had to be taken off the road a couple of weeks before the day, so having back-ups in mind is always a good idea.

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Steal their style: 

Venue: The Rosevine Hotel, rosevine.co.uk
Photography: Alex Havko, alexhavko.com
DJ: Fistral Stereo, fistralstereo.com
Catering: The Rosevine, rosevine.co.uk
Floristry: Clare Webb, Cornish Cutting Garden, thecuttinggardencompany.co.uk
Cake: Monica, Sweet Thoughts Cake Design Cornwall, monica@sweetthoughtcakes.com
Make-up: Suzi Winter Make-up Artist, makeupartistcornwall.co.uk
Hair: Kim Martin, Blush Hair and Beauty, Newquay

For more South West wedding inspiration, pick up the latest issue of South West Bride magazine

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