Chris and Emma’s wedding at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, on Saturday 13th July 2013 with ‘Showgirl’ Lola.
The day that Chris and Emma tied the knot was the day that the Duchess of Cambridge’s baby was said to be due and the coverage frenzy had begun.
For the past ten days a media city had been growing outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where Kate is expected to give birth.
TV crews, photographers and reporters buried under a mountain of ladders, tripods and cameras… and absolutely nothing to report!
Had they set up camp at Mount Pleasant Eco Park a mere 290 mile southwesterly drive from W2 1NY and not allowed themselves the distraction of the ‘could be’ imminent birth of a future King or Queen, they would have been able to file a beautiful, newsworthy story.
Thankfully I (Chauffeur Bob) arrived on time and am indeed honoured to tender my report…
The summer of 2013’s spiffing weather and accompanying heat wave was holding firm – so much for Met Office predictions of another ‘Annus Horribillis’!
Lola, herself a Princess and well used to lots of media attention, was attired by special decree of the bride in beautiful coral ribbons and ivory bows.
We arrived at the tucked-away ‘Copper House Bridal Boudoir’ in downtown Portreath just after one pm as planned. I’m sure the taxman has no problem in finding it but I had to make a phone call to the proprietor, Linda Gomez…
“Is that Linda?”… “Yes, Linda speaking ” … “It’s Chauffeur Bob, where are you?”… “Hang on, I’ll step outside the door and wave”… We waved at each other as Lola chugged a few yards down the lane to The Copper House to be warmly and excitedly greeted by Linda, who immediately fell in Love – with Lola of course!
Emma’s mum Jo with the colourful and cheeky bridesmaids!
Linda reported that the bridal party were pretty much ready and directed me inside the industrious boudoir to greet them all.
Photographs and ‘drinkies’ were being taken on the rear terrace and with everyone attired in their ceremonial gowns, a state of calm-readiness permeated the ether, so to speak.
Here we go!
Emma in a delicately beautiful ‘lacey’ ivory wedding dress, along with her gorgeous bridesmaids (Nicola, Tasha, Nic, Amy & Lisa) in vibrant coral, all looked absolutely amazing. Their bouquets were a profusion of blooms awash with coordinating colours.
Emma, herself a professional photographer, had chosen fellow picture taker Rebecca Roundhill from North Devon to ensure all of the day’s precious moments got captured forever.
Suffice it say, Rebecca was on the go throughout the pre-nuptial preparations.
The plan was to carry out two sorties to the wedding venue. The bridesmaids along with Emma’s lovely mum, Jo, featured in the first.
At about 1.45pm (ish) following a few ‘just about to depart’ poses in and around our topless ‘Showgirl’ Lola, we set off with our precious cargo of VIP’s on a fun chug to Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan – serenaded by a Mr. ‘Marmite’ Buble and Lola’s klaxon! Photographer Rebecca followed in her car.
Emma with Step Dad Richard, about to depart from The Copper House, Portreath.
Just under twenty minutes later, we were back at The Copper House in Portreath where Emma and her escort (Step Dad, Richard) were outside ready and waiting.
With an allotted ceremony time of 2.30pm, we arrived with regal like precision just 10 minutes before for Emma’s important ‘tete a tete’ with the Registrar.
Emma waving to Linda as we ready for departure.
Our final approach being somewhat muted due to a large number of guests who had yet to clear the reception building for the ceremonial Amphitheatre.
Kath Williams, Events and Marketing Manager at the Park, eventually signalled the all clear as Emma and Richard alighted in glorious sunlight and intense heat.
A warm and sunny arrival at Mount Pleasant Eco Park.
Formalities with the Registrar sorted, the bridal party re-grouped before finally making their procession in majestic style through a spectacular wall of fluttering coral, yellow and white flags.
Just a few tens of metres away but out of sight, honoured guests, Registrar and of course, husband-to-be, Chris, anxiously awaited their arrival.
One by one the procession disappeared into the bowl of the Park’s rustic Amphitheatre – the ceremony was well and truly underway.
Emma and Chris tie the knot.
During the ceremony I found time to have a chat with Kath, who was eager to tell me what they get up to at the Eco Park. Weddings, naturally (no pun intended) feature greatly at weekends during the summer months. The party have full run of the facilities and campsite for a few days. Kath describes it as a sort of “do it yourself natural wedding” whereby they supply the canvas.
Educational visits as well, music events and very soon, cookery classes, help ensure the Park’s existence.
The lovingly decorated reception building.
Lola awaiting the bride and groom.
Following the ceremony the entourage progressively made their way back to the lovingly decorated wooden reception building for much needed ‘refreshment’.
We had planned a brief post-nuptial interlude in the day’s proceedings for the newlyweds with a trip down to Porthtowan Beach for some intimate photos.
It was about an hour after the ceremony when an elated Mr. and Mrs. Latham made their way over to a roasting, but well hydrated chauffeur (under strict instructions from Mrs. Chauffeur Bob) and climbed aboard a sizzling Lola.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Latham!
With the ‘champers’ popped in ceremonious style, glasses charged and the happy couple ‘toasted’, we made haste for Porthtowan Beach in topless fashion just a couple of miles distant.
Photographer Rebecca along with the Videographer joined the happy throng in our joyous beach party soiree.
A sun drenched Porthtowan beach awaits!
We parked up adjacent to the Blue Bar and as the newlyweds frolicked and posed on the beach, the ‘Lola affect’ was drawing people over in their droves.
Lola caused quite a stir whilst waiting for Emma and Chris to return.
Emma, Chris and their media crew returned some time later. Out came the famous fluffy white towels and another fun impromptu snap or two ensued before making our departure.
The Videographer (sorry didn’t grab his name) seemed somewhat disgruntled that he had lost his ‘ Gucci’ flip-flops on Porthtowan’s expansive and packed beach.
Mr. Latham attends to his wife’s feet with Lola’s fluffy white towels!
Sadly we had to depart without them. I’m sure we’d all be there still if we went looking for them – a needle in a haystack would most probably prove easier!
Today’s was a beautifully natural wedding, wonderfully crafted by Emma and Chris and of course made even better by idyllic weather.
Congratulations Emma and Chris and thank you for sharing your precious day with us. We enjoyed it as well – ‘naturally’ x.
All photographs by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.