Lola on the beautiful bridge across the river Lerryn
Carole and Duncan’s wedding at Bodmin Registry Office on Saturday 8th June 2013 with campervan Lola.
I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year already – how time flies when you’re having fun! Saturday’s seem to come around at lightning speed… goodness knows how quickly a wedding day approaches for couples!
The scorching start to flaming June was fortunately still holding for Carole and Duncan’s beautiful occasion, a day that by pure chance had an ‘L’ theme progressively unfold – you could say everyone had one ‘L’ of a day!
The headlines in the ‘quality’ papers on the day that Carole and Duncan got married centered on two ageing international household names, both hospitalised; The Duke of Edinburgh and Nelson Mandela, 92 and 94 respectively. Here in the Duchy, The Royal Cornwall Show was in full swing and dominated the local news.
It was also full swing ahead for me, Chauffeur Bob, as I navigated my way in Lola to the hitherto unchartered wedding territory of ‘downtown’ Looe.
Nathan, Laura, Kiara, Jaden and Neil with Lola.
Our arrival didn’t go unnoticed, as I could see people literally pouring out of the shops to catch a glimpse as we chugged through the very narrow one-way system on the lookout for our first pick-up address.
A day or so before, Duncan had given me precise instructions on how to find the address, tucked away amongst the narrow town centre street shops in true Cornish fishing village style. Despite Duncan’s conciseness, I still managed to overshoot the address and had to do a lap of honour around the ‘tight’ one-way system, much to the pleasure of onlookers.
As it turned out, my first collection of VIP’s had had a tip off and managed to find us just around the corner waiting at the lights – they all quickly jumped aboard.
Introductions ensued on the move, amidst lots of royal hand waving and klaxon sounding. Within seconds of boarding, I could see Lola’s guests totally mesmerised by the reaction and attention we were receiving.
I counted the legs and divided by two and concluded that we had the right number according to Duncan’s precise instructions. Five, to be exact, people not legs!
Joining us for the trip to the bridal boudoir some 45 minutes travelling time away in Lostwithiel (notice the ‘Ls’ emerging!), we had; Carole’s son Neil also acting as official escort, her daughter Laura, and friend Nathan, Paige Boy Jaden and Bridesmaid, Kiara.
Lola outside the ‘bride’s boudoir’ a lovely cottage near Lostwithiel.
By 10.50am we had made it to Carole’s parents’ property, a beautiful cottage set in lovely gardens just a stones throw away from Lostwithiel, today acting as the bride’s pre-nuptial boudoir.
Here as planned, we paused for 40 minutes or so for a few snaps in and around the cottage, garden and of course Lola.
A pre-nuptial pose – Carole with Laura and Neil.
Excited bridesmaid Kiara, can’t wait to get going!
Paige boy Jaden prepares to drive us all to Bodmin!
Bodmin here we come!
With a ceremony time scheduled for midday at nearby ‘Lyndhurst’, Bodmin’s Registry Office, and eager to ensure we arrived with 10 minutes to spare for Carole’s ‘tete a tete’ with the Registrar, we got going at 12.30pm.
En-route I could hear a few frenzied telephone conversations going on in the back of Lola, something to do with keys to the reception venue and “is Duncan not there yet!”
Lola at Bodmin’s Registry Office, ‘Lyndhurst’, awaiting the bride and groom.
Sensing that things were getting a little tense, I decided to park up for a few minutes in Bodmin’s central car park. I’m not sure my words of reassurance were getting much, if any, attention but as always, everything unravelled OK. The ‘keys thing’ appeared to sort itself out and we had heard that Duncan had now materialised.
A few ‘arrival’ photos later, the bridal party made their way inside. Registrars, guests and a ‘just arrived’ Duncan already ensconced in anticipation.
‘Lyndhurst’ is dead opposite the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway, a wonderful place of nostalgia and irresistible for a peek or two during ceremonies – it really does have a certain magnetism.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Elliott!
Carole and Duncan’s ceremony lasted in all circa 35 minutes, after which everyone made their way round to the office’s garden for a few post-nuptial snaps in glorious warm sunshine.
Replete with a welcome dose of sun and vitamin D, the entourage started to emerge in the car park around a rather flirtatious Lola.
All stand – we’re off to Lerryn!
Carole and Duncan had laid on coach transport for their guests. The friendly driver, Graham, a friend and colleague of Duncan came over to congratulate the happy couple.
We popped the ‘champers’ as Mr. and Mrs. Elliott sipped and celebrated in a topless Lola.
From here, Graham was to take the guests on to the reception venue at Lerryn, a small ‘tucked-away’, picturesque Cornish village just three miles southwest of Lostwithiel.
Again, unchartered territory for Lola and myself, but yet another Cornish Gem lay in wait.
We had a beautiful topless chug over to Lerryn –you certainly don’t need SatNav when you’ve got Duncan with you!
A couple of snaps taken on Lerryn’s 15th century bridge.
A few miles of twisting and turning Cornish roads later, we were parked-up adjacent to a beautiful but narrow 16th Century bridge, straddling the river Lerryn. The bridge no doubt playing a vital part centuries ago with the logistics of smuggling, for which the village was noted.
As planned, we paused here for a few photos.
A final pose before the reception.
Graham had clearly successfully navigated the narrow bridge and delivered his coach party to the venue, literally just around the corner. He was waiting to cross the bridge in the opposite direction looking for a convenient space to park a large coach – by no means an easy task at the best of times.
Duncan came to the rescue and directed him to a spot at the top of the hill about a mile or so out of the village.
Duncan pauses for a quick chat with coach driver, Graham.
In the meantime we set about a few romantic poses with a delighted Mr. and Mrs. Elliott in an idyllic situation.
The newlyweds expressed their sincere thanks for a wonderful time – they had clearly enjoyed every minute.
Duncan asked whether I would mind going to find Graham and chauffeur him back to the hall. Naturally I obliged, much to the delight of Graham.
Our very best wishes go to Carole and Duncan. Thank you for sharing your special day with us and introducing us to beautiful Lerryn x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.