Emily and Ben’s wedding at Constantine Church on Friday 26th July 2013 with ‘Party-Girl’ Lily.
Unto us a future King was born the very week that Emily and Ben tied the knot and he shall be known as George Alexander Louis or ‘His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge’ for short.
What a wonderful historic event to mark the occasion of your wedding.
Emily and Dan’s historic day was truly beautiful from the word go. Indeed, it was a pleasure to accompany our ‘party-girl’ Lily on a soiree around the cusp of the Lizard Peninsula, taking in three picturesque Creeks abutting the Helford River, writes Chauffeur Bob…
From the outset I suspected that given the narrow network of lanes connecting many of the villages on the Lizard and Lily’s pre and post-nuptial itinerary, we would have our work cut out. As always, Lily rose to the occasion with aplomb, earning the admiration of guests and onlookers.
Our first Creek of call was Gweek. The Black Swan to be exact.
The first part of Emily and Ben’s carefully crafted plan was to transport the best man Chris, ushers Christian, Alex and Gaz along with Ben’s mum and dad Julie and Ashley to the church at Constantine in Lily.
The groom was to be driven to the church from The Black Swan in his future father in law’s two days old Jaguar F-Type.
Lily’s midday arrival at the Gweek hostelry caused quite a stir and seemed to awaken the village from a long lie-in.
The party assemble for a pre-departure photo from the Black Swan.
One by one wedding folk started to appear. First to introduce himself was Philip, father of the bride, Ben’s soon to be father in law.
We briefly discussed transportation plans for the day… I would follow Philip and Ben in the Jag to the church in Lily. After safely delivering our VIP’s, Philip would leave his car there and join me in Lily for a chug to the bridal boudoir at Port Navas.
The boys, along with Ben’s parents, gathered for departure and after a few ‘just about to depart’ snaps we appeared to be ready for the off.
I think it was Christian who was having trouser trouble – apparently a few sizes too small in the waist. We managed to fix it with a safety pin from Lily’s inventory of emergency items.
Ben’s mum Julie with Christian, Alex and Gaz.
All ready for the off (Ben’s dad Ashley)
With Christian now safely mitigated from an embarrassing wedding day moment or two, I fired Lily up for departure. Fortunately before pulling away, I ran through my well-rehearsed checklist… “The rings” have you got the rings?”
“Oops, they’re still in a bag in the room”, someone said!
A few minutes later we chugged away, following a gleaming, flame-red Jag sports car. That was until we reached the first bend… Chauffeur Philip couldn’t resist pushing the touchscreen button to change the exhaust noise and pushing her to rotational velocity in what seemed like a split second.
Philip with Ben roaring off in the new Jag F-Type.
Impressive it was, but fifty year old Lily eventually caught up with the boy racers some time later at the top of the hill – out of common decency they had been waiting for us and had a picnic in the meantime! If only I could have found Lily’s touchscreen go faster button!
The classic ‘defending a Beckham free kick’ pose at the church!
Everyone safely at the church and snapped with my trusty blogging Box Brownie, Philip joined me and rode shotgun as we chugged our way through the twisty, narrow lanes to creek-side Port Navas for the first of two further sorties to the church.
The couple’s professional photographer, Ashley Hampson, was just rounding off a few poses with the ladies in the front garden as we arrived.
Ashley with the missing corsages!
Minutes later, sporting a tray of corsages, he was underway to the church in his VW Golf.
Shortly afterwards Emily’s mum Lisa jumped in Lily’s front passenger seat, whilst bridesmaids Kari (Maid of Honour), Natalie, Hannah and Sophie settled in the back and posed for few ‘we’re on our way’ photos.
Bridesmaids Natalie, Hannah and Sophie eager to get underway to the church.
Emily’s mum Lisa jumped in the front.
Time seemed to be ebbing away. Indeed, I recall it being T minus 30 minutes and counting to the 1.30pm kick-off as we starting rolling. Moreover, I anticipated it would be another 30 minutes before we’d get back for Emily and her dad!
Fortunately the lanes were kind to us, as were fellow motorists. So much so, we found ourselves back for the final and most important run to the church some 20 minutes later. Emily and proud dad, Philip, was ready and waiting.
Here we go – proud dad Philip with Emily ready to set off for the church.
Despite our deliberately unhurried, leisurely pace, we made it to Constantine Church a respectable but traditional few minutes late.
Ashley popped his lens through the door to capture the first of a few final pre-nuptial moments before Emily and Philip alighted.
Our arrival at Constantine Church.
Arm in arm they gracefully made their way up the church steps and along the path towards the entrance. I followed closely behind supporting Emily’s delicate train, keeping it out of harms way.
A brief pause for composure, last minute instruction and no doubt a few deep breaths, before the bridal party disappeared within the church. Emily and Ben’s life changing appointment was well and truly underway.
During the ceremony I had chance to give Lily a quick wipe over and field questions from admiring passersby.
Lily awaiting the bride and groom outside the church.
Mike, with his Cornish Ice Cream Trike was busy setting up and given the ‘muggy’ temperature was no doubt anticipating an onslaught of customers the moment the church doors opened again.
Mr. and Mrs. Winson emerged some fifty minutes later and stood by the entrance to receive an outpouring of congratulations and love from their honoured congregation.
Mike’s ices were going down a treat as everyone made their way in the direction of Lily and lined up for a confetti throw, diligently orchestrated by Ashley.
With confetti still raining down, the newlyweds climbed aboard. Yours truly popped the lively ‘champers’ and charged the special wedding day flutes.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Winson!
Amidst the joyous celebrations we discussed the possibility of a brief, intimate photo stop en-route to the reception venue at Trebah Gardens. We decided to follow Ashley and pull over at a suitable location.
Our departure from Constantine Church was of dramatic and regal proportions. Emily and Dan remained standing throughout, excitedly returning waves and cheers buoyed on by Lily’s klaxon.
Port Navas sailing club, just a bouquet’s throw away from Emily’s parent’s home which we had left a couple of hours or so earlier, is where we stopped for a fun but romantic interlude. With Lily strategically positioned, Ashley set about capturing some really precious moments.
A few snaps from Port Navas…
With time now pressing we returned to the narrow, undulating and tree lined lanes of the ‘Lizard’ in search of Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.
October 2013 and Emily and Ben have posted the following lovely message on our Facebook page. It reads…
I have been meaning to send this message for a couple of months so apologies!! Our wedding was made that much more special by the love, laughter and care you brought to our day. Lily looked so beautiful and made us all feel so special on the Cornish lanes, getting so many waves! The photos you took were so appreciated, many of which are now in our official albums as our photographer was unable to get to see the boys leaving. Thank you a million, Ben and Emily Winson, 26th July 2013