Wedding of the Week: Isabel Fisher and Dirk Parker

25 Sep 2017

Hosting their celebrations over three days, Isabel and Dirk's wedding weekend was full of fun and even featured a Game of Thrones twist to the ceremony

How did you meet?

We met 16 years ago in Cornwall.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Dirk hid the ring in a geocache. We followed the map online to find it and then he surprised me; it was amazing and very clever.

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

Lots of fun, party games and dancing; all carefully managed by a a fabulous wedding host, Howard Wing, who had our guests swinging from the eaves of the tipis.

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

We chose Ta Mill in Launceston, Cornwall, which offered us a completely private venue, with room for some beautiful tipis on a purpose-built marquee site where we had our fantastic wedding breakfast. More than 70 of our guests were able to join us for an extended wedding celebration, which lasted three days, and stay on site.

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Tell us about the dress? 

Beautiful laced, fitted bodice, fishtail skirt, and a plunge back. The dress was from Amanda K in Truro.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

Ivory camisole with pleated satin calf-length skirts.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

I had ivory roses with gypsophila and ivy in my bouquet. Pink and ivory roses in bottles decorated with hessian were used for the table decorations. My bouquet and flowers were from Andy Flower’s in St Austell.

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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.

We organised a three-day event for the wedding and guests were treated to a number of activities: yoga on the lodge lawn in front of the wildlife pond, a walk on the nearby Bodmin Moor conquering Brown Willy, and clay pigeon shooting on site. The venue was hired exclusively and family and friends were invited to stay.

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What music did you walk down the aisle to?

I entered the church and walked down the aisle to the Game of Thrones opening music. We're big fans. 

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What was the most important investment for you?

Food and drink were both important but also ensuring everyone had a good party to celebrate our special day. We selected our own catering company, Derek & Ding from Event Cuisine: organic, home-grown and sustainable where possible, sourced from Heligan Garden Estate. The venue enabled us to do all the things we wanted to do so venue choice was also very important for our wedding ‘weekend’. The children were treated to a kids' party in the main house and looked after by staff from Ta Mill.

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Did you have any evening entertainment? 

We hired a wedding entertainer (Howard Wing) for the day and he provided a DJ who really got our guests going with great fun and antics. A great entertainer.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

We had a naked cake by Clare Burnett of Clare Makes Cakes which featured lots of forest fruit and looked fab.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

We didn't hire enough tables and we only realised the night before, but the venue (and SW Event Hire) came to the rescue.

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

My advice would be to prioritse what is absolutely essential and decide what you can be flexible on.  We absolutely wanted good food and free-flowing booze, everything else took care of itself.

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Get the look:

Venue: Ta Mill, Launceston, www.tamill.co.uk
Photography: Dom Moore, https://dommoore.wedding and Emma Jane Lee Photography, www.emmajaneleephotography.co.uk
Tipis: The Cornish Tent Company, www.thecornishtentcompany.com
Hair & make-up: Camelford Hair and Beauty, www.facebook.com/camelfordhairandbeauty/
Catering: Event Cuisine Cornwall, www.eventcuisinecornwall.co.uk  
Cake: Clare Makes Cakes, www.facebook.com/ClareMakesCakes/
Entertainment: Howard Wing, www.howardwing.co.uk

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