Wedding surprise for Argyle exec's daughter
THE wedding of the daughter of Plymouth Argyle's vice-chairman and her footballer husband came as a complete surprise to the couple's friends.
Lucy, daughter of Argyle vice-chair Paul Stapleton, married Dutch defender Marcel Seip in a ceremony at the Horn of Plenty Hotel and Restaurant near Gunnislake.
The ceremony, on June 13, was followed by a reception at the bride's parents' home in Derriford.
Former Devonport High School for Girls student Mrs Seip, aged 23, said a typical 'WAG' wedding was not her style.
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She said: "We did things a little bit differently – we had 20 people at the wedding but no one knew we were getting married other than our parents!
"We planned it since last August. I invited six of my friends – they thought we were going to the races. I just walked out the front door in my wedding dress.
"In the evening, the guests thought they were coming to our engagement party.
"They expected me to have a big, flashy WAG wedding and that's not really my style. It was perfect."
Singer Michael Campari provided music in the evening and the party enjoyed sausages-and-mash by city caterer Dave Morgan. Mike McNally took the wedding photos.
The pair had spotted each other before at Argyle events, but started dating after meeting by chance on a night out in Plymouth in October 2006. They officially announced their engagement in February.
Twenty-seven-year-old Mr Seip's parents, sister, brother-in-law and niece travelled from Veendam in Holland for the wedding.
Mrs Seip has just gained a 2.1 law degree from the University of Plymouth and said she was now looking for work as a paralegal.
The couple have recently bought a home in Roborough.