Lucy and John McGeagh tied the knot in sunshine and a riot of colour
Doctors John and Lucy met through friends on a camping trip to Devon during a boiling hot bank holiday weekend. “Our mutual respect for Cheryl Cole ‘as an artist’, Lucy’s love of tepid tea and a cheeky kiss was enough to secure a first date back in Bath,” says John. The path of true love nearly didn’t run smoothly, however; within a month of meeting, John thought Lucy was having second thoughts about the relationship as she decided to move to Edinburgh for work. “She was packed and had sorted accommodation, but in the final hour decided to stay put in the South West. She still claims it was a career related decision, but I think it was because she couldn’t stand living that far away from me! Either way, it was the best decision she ever made — well, that, and deciding to go camping a few weeks previously!”
After a proposal by the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the couple got married in March 2014, with a ceremony at St Luke’s and St Andrew’s Church, Priston, followed by a reception at the Tithe Barn at Priston Mill. “The church has a unique layout, beautiful stained glass windows and a warm and welcoming vicar,” explains Lucy. “We both fell in love with the church immediately, although I was concerned that my dress wouldn’t allow me to fit down the narrow aisle, and I couldn’t share this concern with John without disclosing details of what I would be wearing! Luckily my gown had plenty of space on the day.” And the couple describe Priston Mill as “stunning – as soon as we walked down the winding pathway, we both knew we wouldn’t be looking anywhere else. It just felt like the place where we wanted to spend our wedding day.”
The couple planned the celebrations themselves, with help in the run up from family and friends. “Planning the wedding was loads of fun, and it also taught us the skill of compromise!” says John. “Our immediate family were amazing, too, following Lucy’s army style instructions and spreadsheets to the T, with very little complaining!” The theme for the day was ‘over the rainbow’, which was accentuated with a sumptuous five tier, multi-coloured cake by made friend Julia Ryley and striking flowers by Coates Florist. “The only hiccup came when the flowers were delivered late, with a buttonhole missing, resulting in the father of the groom having to improvise with some of the table centrepiece flowers. Oh, and a call to the oblivious bride mid-morning to explain why they were running late — slight panic alert! Oh well, every wedding needs its hiccup,” says John philosophically.
Photography was very important to both John and Lucy, who wanted reportage style without too many line-ups, so Marcus Ward of Bigeye Photography filled this brief beautifully. “Marcus was fabulous from start to finish, unobtrusively capturing the girls getting ready, the guests arriving and throughout the day. He was excellent at photographing our guests at their most natural. We love the photos, and he is one to recommend,” enthuses Lucy.
Despite a foggy start, the sun made an appearance and guests were able to enjoy canapés and Champagne on the lawn of the Mill, which was “quite a surprise for March in the West Country!” Some guests may have had too much fizz, however: “there was many a highly entertaining dance off, and some precarious dirty dancing lifts on the dance floor!” Another highlight was the best man’s speech. “John was dressed up in his old chemistry lab specs, and made to down different concoctions from test tubes, each revealing a different embarrassing story about him with a suitably fitting piece of advice for me. It turned out that I didn’t know everything there was to know about John!” Lucy explains.
“It was incredible to see all our ideas and hard work come together to become such a spectacle,” says John. “I loved every minute — it’s so rare that you get to have everyone important to you in one room.” Lucy agrees. “Our wedding was absolutely perfect! Being surrounded by everyone we love was amazing. All of our planning came together so well; the combinations of colour, cake area, table designs — even the sun came out to play. But above all, I got to marry my best friend.”