Two childhood sweethearts will be the first couple to wed at a Portreath venue just a stone's throw from the spot where they got engaged.

Eric Laity and Katie Dell, from Pool, will be the first people to marry at Gwel an Mor this June, as the five-star resort receives its marriage licence.

Having met at school Eric, a carpenter, and Katie, an animal care assistant for the Cinnamon Trust, will hold their nuptials in Gwel an Mor tepee on June 7.

Katie said: “The venue is close to our home in Pool, close to the woods and, I love animals so I was delighted that we’d be so close to the farm.”

The couple got engaged in Tehidy woods, after Eric planned a romantic walk among the bluebells. Katie said: “It was lovely, but he did go as white as a sheet before he asked." 

Eric added: “I was forgiven for not going down on one knee, as I was due to go in for an operation on it a few weeks later.”

The couple will get hitched in the tepee before being joined by family and friends in the barn, and will also be celebrating that fact that it will be almost 12 years to the day since they became a couple.

Events manager Liz Rowe said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our future brides and grooms the opportunity to now get married at Gwel an Mor, instead of just hosting their reception here.  We offer truly bespoke wedding packages, so each couple will be assured that their wedding is as unique as they are.

She added: “We really couldn’t think of a more perfect pair to be our ‘first’ Gwel an Mor couple – we are all really excited about the big day in June and, of course, wish them the best of luck.”