A ‘Devonwall’ wedding day with Lola!

Lola VW wedding camper van

Tammy and Andy’s wedding on Saturday 27th April 2013 at St Paternus Church, Launceston with camper van Lola.

With his Passport up to date, Chauffeur Steff was on border patrol in Lola for Tammy and Andy’s wedding. Having successfully negotiated ‘Check Point Charlie’, he was able to  file this post-nuptial report…

Thankfully the weather is getting hotter and hotter as we enter the main part of the wedding season and was especially good for Tammy and Andy who were getting married at Launceston.

Today’s wedding theme seems to date back to a 19th century rhyme.

“Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue,
and a silver sixpence in her shoe”

We don’t always get the chance to travel to the far reaches of North Cornwall, but on Saturday 27th of April Lola’s special day out was just that, a trip to Launceston. Lola was dispatched from Strawberry Leisure’s HQ to help out with an unusual arrangement of wedding transportation.

DevonwallI arrived at Tammy’s (the brides) address in plenty of time. Lola had had a spectacular journey through Cornwall and I think that we must have waved and hooted at everyone on the road.  I arrived extra early and set about polishing Lola whilst the bridesmaids composed themselves. Today Lola was to transport Suzy, Katie, Chloe and Amber, the bridesmaids, to the church whilst Tammy and her mum, Di, took a more contemporary method in an up to date open-top beetle.

This leads me back the rhyme … because sitting side by side were two VW’s at the opposite end of the age spectrum. This, I thought to myself, is the first part of the rhyme … something old (classic Lola) and something new (the VW Cabriolet).

While thinking way too much about this, the bridesmaids hopped in to Lola for a fun trip to the church. St Paternus Church, North Petherwin, was set deep in the countryside and would take Lola about 25 minutes to drive there. Just as we were about to set off, I remembered that I had left a collection of CD’s at Strawberry Leisure HQ but luckily chauffeur Bob had some in Lola; just in case.  We can’t travel without music, that wouldn’t do, so I borrowed one of chauffeur Bobs for the day and then it occurred to me … the third part of the rhyme had clicked in to place.

Lola VW wedding camper van

Bridesmaids; Suzy, Katie, Chloe and Amber enjoyed their trip to the church in Lola.

Lola VW wedding camper van

Tammy with her bridesmaids and VW’s all beautifully coordinated in ‘aubergine’.

I cranked up the music, slipped a pair of shades on and set off, heading for St Paternus church. Launceston is a busy place and clearly Lola was going down a storm as we made our way through the busy town streets. The bridesmaids were loving the attention as passers-by looked on in amazement. Meanwhile the naughty bridesmaids were checking out Lola’s cupboards and found the champagne but luckily decided not to open it, as it was a bit early for a drink.

As we pulled up to the church a small gathering of onlookers and friends gathered to see the bride arrive. Moments later Tammy and Di arrived. Stepping out of the cabriolet, Tammy was clutching a bouquet of purple and white Picasso Lilies, white roses and purple orchid flowers. She was wearing an oyster and white dress with intricate lace studded with gems and she looked great!

Time was of the essence, so after a few snaps by Sasha of Blue Skyes Photography, everyone made their way into the church.

Lola VW campervan at St Paternus Church Launceston

Only inches apart in distance but decades in time – Lola with her contemporary friend.

As it was such a lovely hot day, I spoiled myself and sat in the shade, admiring the two Volkswagons side by side and pondered over the events of the day so far. Then I remembered there was something missing – “something blue”!
But just then, the church bells started to ring and Mr and Mrs Brown appeared as man and wife. What could I do I hadn’t found anything blue yet and this simply wouldn’t do!

Lola with bride and groom in Launceston

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Brown!

Oblivious to my quest, the rest of the wedding party gathered around Lola ready for the customary toast. With a pop of the champagne cork and a few nervous giggles from the onlookers I realised as I gazed up through Lola’s rag top that the sky was clear and blue; they’d done it and what a day it was!

It was time to dust down my passport as we all set off over the border for a ‘Lifton Strawberry Fields’ Devon reception.

Did Tammy have a sixpence in her shoe? … You’ll have to ask her that.

Our best wishes go to a lovely couple x.

All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.



Post Script

The following picture has been sent in by Sasha at Blue Skyes Photography…

Lola VW wedding camper van from Strawberry Leisure


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