During the pandemic, Laura and Ugo decided to still go ahead and get married
This did mean they were restricted in numbers and had changed their plans several times.
"We had guests who'd travelled from Italy to celebrate with us, and we felt so honoured that they'd made so much effort to join us for our special day in such challenging circumstances."
A week before the wedding having already downsized to thirty guests, they had to cut back to fifteen!
Their ceremony was held at Penryn Town Hall, they both loved the beautiful old building and the Italian/Cornish architecture. After the ceremony, their guests were invited to celebrate with them at Ponsanooth Town Hall, which had only recently been renovated. Not only did it suit their budget, but it also had everything they needed. It was also not far from the wonderfully picturesque Cosawes Barton, where Laura got ready on the day with her bridesmaids and mum. Cosawes Barton was the perfect backdrop for their photos.
"The owner of Cosawes Barton Louise was very welcoming and did all she could to support us."
Laura and Ugo chose Katie Goff as their photographer both loved her natural, laid-back style. They looked at her work on Instagram and discovered she'd captured so many special moments for other couples she was also recommended by a friend.
"After meeting her, we knew she was a perfect fit for us! She made us feel so relaxed on the day, and we are over the moon with how our photos came out."
Katie was joined on the day by videographer Adam Watson from Twin Fin Film Company, who created an amazing video of our day to share with those who couldn't attend."
Every element of this wedding had a personal touch.
With help from the bridesmaids and parents, Laura and Ugo did all the decorations and floral arrangements themselves, including making her own bouquet! Having ordered the flowers wholesale from Flowers by Clowance, they all had great fun the day before the wedding putting it all together. This made the whole experience even more special for Laura.
A bespoke handmade wedding dress
Laura's bespoke dress was handmade by Hannah Rogers of Han's Sewing Room, Laura wasn't keen on the idea of dress-shopping and having seen a photo of a dress Hannah had made for another bride, she got in touch via Instagram.
"Hannah is an incredibly talented lady who made the whole process so unique and relaxed for me, and she designed and made the dress of my dreams."
Ugo wore a dark blue linen-blend suit from Trevail's in Truro, with a waistcoat and floral bow-tie. He kept his suit a surprise from Laura, although she did help choose his shoes from Cappelletto in Treviso, Italy!
Ugo is the founder of TiramisUGO and runs an Italian food company called The Cornish Italian, he provided the ingredients, antipasti, and the desserts for the wedding. They had personalised labels for the tiramisu jars that included our names and the wedding date instead of the usual logo!
"Our amazing friend and caterer Sarah Judd co-ordinated, prepared and cooked everything for the meal and made our beautiful wedding cake. One tier was carrot cake, the other chocolate. She did such a fantastic job single-handedly serving our guests and keeping the reception running smoothly."
"Stepping out of the Town Hall to see that a lot of our friends who'd been unable to attend the ceremony were there to wave and cheer us on. From a safe distance, of course!
We drove away together from the ceremony in Ugo's three-wheeled 1975 Ape Piaggio, to rapturous applause from our guests and loved ones. It was such a special moment that reminded us that love prevails.
We are so glad we went ahead with our decision to get married despite the restrictions of Covid. For any couples wondering what to do about their own wedding plans, we would just tell you that our day was every bit as magical as we'd hoped for. Having such an intimate wedding meant that we were able to spend the day together and actually enjoy each other's' company."