Claire and John’s wedding at The Mill House, Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, on Saturday 18th May 2013 with campervan Lily.
Britain’s membership of the EEC and the ongoing in/out/referendum political debate was still dominating the national news the day Claire and John got married.
In Cornwall, yesterday’s first visit ever visit to St Ives of Her Majesty, was doing the rounds on radio, TV and in the local rags.
It was an earlier than normal start for me, (Chauffeur Bob), as we had for the second time already this month, all three of our girls on wedding duty the same day.
As is always the case, I made the point of calling the bride just ahead of the day to check and double check arrangements and discuss timings etc. My first attempt was earlier in the week; Claire answered the phone and started to squeak. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fault on the line but just ahead of her big day Claire had, with impeccable timing, managed to lose her voice!
Unable to talk, let alone say ‘I Do’, we agreed via semaphore to liaise via email. I called Claire again with still a whole day to go before her life changing appointment with John. Although not back to normal, we were at least able to hold a conversation without having to call in Bletchley Park’s decryption team – so things were definitely on the mend.
We were able to go through everything in some detail… Claire would be staying at The Mill House, but the John (the groom) and ‘the boys’ will need picking up from a nearby holiday cottage…
Our chug to North Cornwall took, as expected, a couple of hours but we still managed to arrive in the vicinity of The Milll House 40 minutes or so ahead of schedule. This gave me plenty of time to give Lily a pampering and get my bearings. We even managed a quick sortie down to the beach where Claire had planned to go after the ceremony for photos. I managed to grab a quick coffee from a lovely ‘beach-side’ café and was served by a very friendly lady. She noticed my name badge and said ‘hello Bob, are you thirsty – my name’s Kirsty”.
John with best man, David, ready for the off!
‘The ‘boys’ – two David’s, Jordan, Jason & Elliot with John.
I soon found the ‘boys’, or more to the point, they found us as we meandered around the picturesque village of Treknow on the lookout for a wedding party. Although only half a mile or so from The Mill, it proved quite a trek for Lily as the climb up to the village from The Mill resembles the north face of the Eiger – she is 50 years old after all!
Pleased and relieved that the next part was downhill all the way, we relaxed into a few poses in glorious, warm sunshine before finally taking the chocks away.
A few minutes later the poses resumed, but this time by the tranquil setting of the old water mill.
John’s brother Pete (left) joins the boys at The Mill House for a few ‘catalogue’ poses!
There was certainly ‘no trouble at mill’! Everything was absolutely perfect; the weather, the setting and of course, one shimmering topless seductress of a SAMBA campervan, otherwise known as Lily.
I could see that the final preparations for their 1pm ceremony were well underway, which was to take place outside under a beautifully decorated rustic gazebo, come pavilion.
Lily viewed from the beautifully decorated wedding Gazebo.
At the allotted time exactly, the bridal party emerged from The Mill House and the music commenced as Claire, arm in arm with her proud dad, Peter, along with bridesmaids and flower girls, started their procession to the gazebo and awaiting guests, registrars and, of course, John.
Proud dad, Peter, with Claire en-route to the wedding gazebo.
A beautiful, colourful and sunlit ceremony got underway and lasted about 35 minutes.
Claire and John, become Mr. and Mrs. Dunsford.
Claire’s dad Peter is a professional photographer in real life and was doing a fabulous job in demonstrating just how adept us men are at multi-tasking!
Father and escort of the bride, chief photographer, speech maker – hold your heads in shame all you ladies that have suggested that a man’s definition of multi-tasking is drinking beer and watching football at the same time!
The now Mr. and Mrs. Dunsford gracefully, but somewhat excitedly, made their way down the steps from the marital gazebo in glorious sunshine. Many poses followed before everyone disappeared somewhere around the corner for ‘drinkies’ and canapes.
A few poses before canapés and drinkies!
I stayed with Lily, who was continuing to attract loads of attention, before everyone now replete with canapés and drinkies, descended en-mass about an hour or so later.
Many more poses followed. I popped open the specially ordered Prosecco and charged the newlyweds glasses, whipped out my blogging ‘Box Brownie’ and snapped away along with Peter, my fellow multi-tasker!
A few snaps before the beach – congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Dunsford.. cheers!
Peter rode shotgun down hill all the way in a topless Lily to the beach, whilst Claire and John soaked-up the sun, music and Presecco! The entire bridal party followed under their own steam.
Unfortunately, the tide hadn’t ebbed enough to reveal any sand, so a rather spectacular photo-shoot ensued on and around the rocks instead.
At Trebarwith Strand beach.
Peter mentioned that they planned to return later in the evening to get some actual beach shots.
We returned to ‘The Mill House Inn’ to a rapturous reception and the party really did start to get in full swing. Confetti, more ‘drinkies’ and wild poses (particularly from the boys) ensued.
A selection of final pictures taken back at The Mill House Inn …
Claire with mum, Pat.
Such was the fun centered in and around party bus, Lily, it was proving difficult to round everyone up in time for the ‘line-up’ and commencement of the wedding breakfast.
In the nicest sort of way, Lily really did cause ‘trouble at mill’.
Congratulations and our very best wishes go to a lovely couple – thank you for sharing your fabulous day with us x.
All pictures taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.
During the week following Claire and John’s wedding these three lovely messages rolled in, one after the other…
Just a quick message to say a HUGE THANK YOU!! You and Lily were such a hit on our special day & we’ve just read your blog & it’s brilliant.
Thank you so much for being part of our day, see you round Cornwall again!
Claire & John xx
Just wanted to say a big thank you for being part of the most perfect wedding on Saturday. You and Lily did us proud, Claire and John loved you both and so did every member of the wedding party! We had the most wonderful day and Strawberry Leisure, with the help of Lily, made it just perfect. Thank you.
Pat. (Mum of the bride) xxx
What a brilliant blog! Really enjoyed reading it. Also thank you so much for your work last Saturday – it was excellent. I’ve worked with a number of wedding vehicle providers in the past and must say that your level of service and care exceeded them all by miles. I’ll send you a few photos when I get back from Venice (yes it’s a hard life, but someone has to do it!), but you seem to have got a fair few shots yourself.
Hope to be able to work with you again at some point in the future,
Very best wishes
Peter (Father of the bride)