This Saturday heralded another busy wedding weekend for our gorgeous girls. Chauffeur Steff jumped aboard our party girl, Lily the Samba, for a trip to the Roseland Peninsula whilst I, Chauffeur Bob, entertained a wedding party in showgirl Lola, here in The Bay of St Ives.
Firstly though, a sincere word of thanks goes to George, Peter and the guys at St Erth Services who have the responsibility of keeping our lovely splitties in tip-top working condition; they are nearly 50 years old after all (our VW’s that is!). As well as undertaking frequent, routine maintenance, occasionally we have to call on them at short notice to attend to any last minute issues. Friday evening was one of those occasions for which they performed beyond the call of duty; we salute you!
Both weddings involved some exacting arrangements in terms of multiple pick- ups and timings etc. Speaking from experience, a few delays here and there with wedding parties are common place and inevitably seem to conspire to disjoint even the best laid plans. Saturday’s missions bear testimony to this. But as ever, everything went exceptionally well and a fabulous time was had by all…
Marry You… after you’ve moved the piano!
Amanda and Alistair’s wedding at St.Uny Church, Lelant, with Lola on Saturday 23rd June 2012
Lola awaiting the bride and groom at Lelant on Saturday
Lola, eye catching as ever, received loads of attention as I, Chauffeur Bob, drove her the small distance to St Ives for a rendezvous with Alistair and his best man Steve. A trip punctuated with an en-route fuel stop with customary question and answer session from fellow ‘filler uppers’. Earlier in the morning I had the foresight to call the ‘Organic Panda’. “Hello Organic Panda here”; to my surprise the voice sounded distinctly human! Resisting ‘bamboo shoot’ quips, I got directions and suggestions on the best place to park; a wise move in St Ives!
I pulled up ahead of schedule to be greeted by a friendly Peter, joint owner with his wife Amanda of the Organic Panda, and not a bamboo shoot in sight. A quick interrogation about the name revealed the obvious acronym; Peter & Amanda!
Alistair soon emerged with Steve. After relieving them of their baggage, one of which felt like it had the kitchen and the sink in it, we posed outside for a couple of photos. The sun was out and Lola’s rag top rolled fully back as we set off for our next collection address in Carbis Bay and Alistair’s brother, Usher Andy. On our way there, Steve took a particular liking to Lola’s complimentary tin of mints, hidden away in her Cath Kidston bag of emergency supplies; the shoe laces, plasters, safety pins and wipes survived! The plan was for Andy to be waiting outside for us when we arrived but instead he was still busy getting ready. A few minutes lost out of a particularly tight pre-nuptial schedule, but we were back underway.
Next stop, Carbis Bay Hotel for the remainder of the boys, Ushers; Rodney, Charlie, Keith and little Archie. As we turned into the hotel’s drive, things were looking up as some of the guys were there ready and waiting. “Has anyone seen Rodney?” Alistair went on a Rodney hunt.
It became apparent that the guys had a piano to move when they got to the church before setting about their chief duty of welcoming guests.
Rodney eventually materialised with little Archie and with all 7 of them checked in and boarded, we started the very slow climb out of Carbis Bay International. Our descent into Lelant was a lot swifter than our departure and we arrived amazingly only 30 minutes or so behind schedule.
As the boys hurried in to attend to the piano and guests, Lola returned to the hotel for a penultimate collection of Flower Girls and Bridesmaids; Lily, Sophie, Lola, Sky, Jen and Liz. We managed to catch up on some of the lost time (not an easy task in a 50 year old campervan). So much so, my second trip to church with the much better organised girls, meant I’d be returning with the bride just 15 minutes later than planned.
We had a real, fun ‘sing-along’ trip to the church. Amanda was getting concerned about the slipping schedule but the sing along did the trick and as ever proved to be a great pre-ceremony warm-up and nerve calmer – Chauffeur Bob joined in. At 15 minutes past the allotted time of midday, Lola duly arrived complete with her precious cargo; Bride Amanda, Dad Ian and Bridesmaids; Caroline, Calley and Daisy.
Professional wedding photographer, Phil Nicholls, renown for capturing famous rock groups in action, was there snapping away as were the other bridesmaids, vicar, little Archie, a happy gathering of onlookers and well wishers.
During the ceremony, Lizi, fellow West Country Wedding Awards Winner, from ‘Wheal Sara Flowers’ turned up ready to collect the flowers from the church after the ceremony and take them onto the reception back at Carbis Bay Hotel.
We had time for a little chat, at which point I mentioned that by special request, a track had been teed-up on Lola’s sound system to welcome the newlyweds as they emerged through a line-up of confetti throwing guests.
It wasn’t long before the church’s Campanologists swung into action proclaiming the pending arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Murdoch. Shortly afterwards, and with guest line-up in place, the newlyweds emerged amidst a monsoon of confetti to the Bruno Mars song ‘Marry You’ booming out on Lola’s impressive Kenwood sound system. A truly magical, moving and unforgettable moment by everyone there, I’m sure!
Amanda and Alistair celebrating in Lola on Saturday
Champers flowing, and with photographer Phil riding shotgun, we set off for a royal hand waving spin around St Ives and with Lola still topless, we ended up at Porthgwidden beach for some special photos.
Amanda, Alistair and Chauffeur Bob at Porthgwidden, St. Ives on Saturday
Time was regretfully marching on. A courtesy call to the lovely, effervescent Victoria Williams at the hotel signalled our departure.
As we made our way back Amanda and Alistair piped up “we’d like to do this every week”. Clearly everyone, including Phil and myself had had a great day.
Best wishes to a great, fun loving couple xx
Lily’s trip down under!
Sophie and Neil’s wedding at St Philleigh Church, Philleigh with Lily on Saturday 23rd June 2012
Chauffeur Steff took Lily on the scenic, King Harry Ferry’ route across to the Roseland on Saturday. He couldn’t help noticing however that as he neared his destination everything started to take on a ‘antipodean’ feel. Chauffeur Steff has just posted this report…
Sophie and Neil celebrating with Lily and wedding party on Saturday
Lily was in good spirits on Saturday as we chugged along the roads heading in the direction of St Mawes via the King Harry Ferry. The sky was clear and the sun was out. Despite the fact that it only takes a few minutes to cross by ferry, we were slightly delayed due to the crowd of admirers that Lily had attracted (something that us chauffeur’s have become accustomed to). One last hand wave and we were off to Neil and Sophie’s special day.
My destination was the Rosevine Hotel; set in private land just a few hundred feet from the cove and beach. The hotel had a large marquee erected for that evening’s entertainment. As I pulled alongside the reception I couldn’t help but notice the sign post pointing to Sydney… today’s wedding theme was Australian. The marquee boasted miniature Koala bear’s, Kangaroo signs and Dingoes.
I picked up my schedule for the day and introduced myself to Sophie, who was busy in the marquee setting the places for the guests with help from the bridesmaids.
There were to be 3 trips to the church; the first of which would be with Neil and the ushers.
The church was only 2 miles away but these were tiny lanes, just wide enough for Lily to pass through. Neil and the ushers climbed aboard Lily and we were off. Naturally upon arriving at the church, the guys all piled out and headed straight for the pub next door.
Lily awaiting the bride and groom at St Philleigh Church on Saturday
On my return to the hotel, the rest of the guests decided to set off to the church in their own cars, and while waiting for the bridesmaids to board, some of the guests asked me for directions.
It wasn’t therefore really a surprise that we found quite a few lost guests on the roads; one by one they gathered behind Lily until we had a huge convoy.
The penultimate bridal party trip included the bride’s mother before finally returning for Sophie and her father
Sophie wasn’t the least bit nervous as she boarded Lily; she leaned over the driver’s seat and said “floor it” (that’s 27mph in camper language)!
Champagne was served at the church and everyone met at the beach for the final photo shoot of the day.
A truly wonderful day clearly enjoyed by all.
Best wishes to Sophie and Neil xx