Still the fairest of them all! TOWIE's Lucy and Mario's fairytale continues at her second 21st birthday party
12:37 GMT, 26 August 2012
The last year has been nothing less than a fairytale for Lucy Mecklenburgh and what better way to celebrate her birthday (again) than with a magical party – complete with a princess gown.
It was a shame noone else really got the message to dress to impress as Lucy's cast-mates looked like they were on a regular night out in Essex, which with the amount of birthday parties she has had could be a fair point.
Lucy and Mario were joined by her best friend Lydia Bright, who was accompanied by her boyfriend Tom Kilbey, as well as Jessica Wright and beau Ricky Rayment.
Mirror Mirror on the wall: Lucy Mecklenburgh is the fairest of them all (in that gown anyway)
The six reality stars made the most of the evening at Orsett Hall in Essex – a location previously used for Lauren Goodger and Mark Wright's engagement party in an episode of the ITV2 show.
Let's hope it is more luck for Lucy and Mario, than the doomed pair Mark and Lauren who split almost immediately after the bash.
Birthday girl Lucy, who turned 21 on Friday, led the way in the fashion stakes arriving in a chic and elegant black lace peplum style dress, teamed with black patent heels and a matching clutch bag, while Mario opted for jeans, a grey jacket and black T-shirt.
Careful he doesn't turn into a frog! Lucy kisses her husband-to-be at her third 21st birthday party
Princess perfect pout: Lucy gets a final touch up before she heads out to the party
Hair raising! Mario's quiff rises to the occasion at his beloved's bash
But in a fairytale twist the reality
star got changed inside the venue, opting for a purple floor length gown
with silver detail and her husband-to-be Mario looked every inch her
dashing prince charming in his suit.
And Mario had clearly pulled out all the stops for Lucy's birthday, with the pretty brunette writing on her Twitter page yesterday: 'Iv been sooooo spoilt!!!!!!! @Mario_Falcone got me a Cartier watch (my 1st watch!) & a trip to Cannes … Xxx'
They really are the fairest of them all! Lucy and Mario show who has the most class at her birthday party as Jessica's boyfriend Ricky turns up in some faded denim
Double denim: Mario with pals Ricky and Little Chris as Lucy hugs a Tom Kilbey
Look of love: Lydia and Tom Kilbey are all smiles at the bash
Elegant fashion ensembles were clearly a popular choice for the evening, with Lydia taking some tips from Lucy in a chic LBD.
Lydia, known for her love of vintage fashion, teamed the outfit with a retro slicked back hairdo and a purple suede clutch bag with cute black kitten heels.
She was followed by her boyfriend Tom, who showed off his muscular physique in a black top and jeans.
Red riding hood: Jessica Wright tries to pull of a classy number and on her own looks dashing
From glam to game! The TOWIE lot get suck into the photobooth fun
Classy! More photobooth fun for Lydia and Tom
Lydia had earlier tweeted birthday wishes for Lucy, writing: 'Happy birthday to one of my best friends @lucy_meck 21 today love you soooo much Lucia xxxxxx '
The girls have seen each other through some of their most difficult times on TOWIE – as well as various relationships.
While Lucy is now engaged to Mario, she entered the reality show as Mark Wright's girlfriend – a status which caused more than a few issues with Mark's on-off partner Lauren.
What a banana! Lydia looks a bit of a wally as she poses up with various inflatables
Too much Sailor Jerry Jessica Wright looks incredible pleased with the way her costume has gone
Meanwhile, Lydia had been with James 'Arg' Argent virtually since the beginning of TOWIE, before they split in season five.
Now Lydia is dating Tom, the brother of another TOWIE star Cara Kilbey, and has said she is happier than ever.
Friday night's celebrations were also attended by another, more new, TOWIE couple – Jessica and Ricky.
Jessica stepped away from black, the colour of the evening, and opted for a more sultry plunging red dress and black heels, while Ricky appeared to have followed in the footsteps of his other male TOWIE stars, in jeans and a shirt.