Rachel and Nikhil’s wedding at St. Ia Parish Church, St. Ives on Saturday 29th June 2013 with Lily and a Rolls Royce.
Just a couple of weeks ago the Met Office were prophesising yet another ‘wash-out summer’, apparently due to the Jet Stream getting stuck in a rut, too far south. Newspapers lust after doom and gloom and were quick to ‘front page’ the ‘joyous’ news. Including our very own Western Morning News.
Well, surprise, surprise – all the hot air generated by such foolhardy and unhelpful reporting sent the hitherto obstinate Jet Stream up north leaving us basking in glorious hot sunshine.
Wimbledon had just finished its first week and understandably continued to make the news the day that Rachel and Nikhil tied the knot. Could Andy Murray become the first British man in shorts ever to win Wimbledon!?
The front pages of the quality rags all featured different lead stories today; from David Cameron letting rip at the ‘scandal’ of EU waste, to reports that house prices are well and truly on the up and predictions of an end of Lady Thatcher’s property ownership revolution.
Meanwhile in downtown St. Ives, Lily; our flirtatious ‘party girl’ Samba teamed-up with a glamorous Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible from ‘Arrival Cars’ for the wedding of Rachel and Nikhil.
With the sun up, Lily’s ragtop rolled back and the Roller’s hood down, the stage was set for a wedding day spectacular. ‘Ragtops to riches’, this head turning duo thrilled and entertained from start to finish…
A contemporary Jaguar (XJL) from the same ‘Arrival’ stable as the Roller joined in the eclectic bridal car ‘soiree’ around town.
Meticulously crafted by father of the bride, Ken, all three vehicles had their own choreographed routines…
Dancing in the streets between pick up addresses and the church was the flamboyant and ever popular professional picture taker; Pervaiz Shah.
Lily under the auspices of yours truly (Chauffeur Bob) was first on stage. A 10.45am pick up of the Ushers from the ‘boys’ boudoir in the ‘Downlong’ district of St. Ives followed by a short chug and hand wave all the way to the church.
Chauffeur Andy followed shortly afterwards at about 10.55 in the same tyre tracks and collected Nikhil, Ash and Mala in his 21st century Jaguar XJL and ‘purred’ off to the church.
Meanwhile, I made my way in Lily to the ‘Digey’ area of town to rendezvous with the bridesmaids at the bridal boudoir and arrived on schedule. It was 11.15am precisely.
Lily delivers the bridesmaids to St Ia Church
Parking in and around St Ives presents a number of challenges at the best of times. Today the sunny, warm weather had brought pedestrians and cars out in their droves. Fortuitously, I managed to squeeze Lily into the only conceivable space available without causing gridlock.
As is pretty much par for the course, the ladies were running late and with Chauffeur Andy in his XJL about to arrive to occupy the space I should now be vacating to collect more VIP’s, a phone call was in order.
Just as well, he was on his way; “they’re running late, by a good 15 minutes”, I said.
“Roger… we’ll have to circle as Chauffeur Derek’s in after me with the Roller to collect the bride and her father.”
Approximately 20 minutes later, clearly ‘cock a hoop’ on seeing Lily, the excited ladies corralled around her, as an animated and jovial Pervaiz recorded some fun, memorable moments.
A quick call to Andy that we were on the move, as the cheeky bridesmaids soon settled into their memorable trip to the church. They clearly loved every second of it. The waving, the fame, Lily’s klaxon, the music, the weather and, of course, their handsome Chauffeur!
Rachel escorted by her proud dad Ken, arrive at St Ia.
As it always does, everything fell nicely into place. The town was buzzing with excitement and the sheer ‘theatre’ of the occasion. A large gathering of holidaymakers and well wishers were on hand to witness the comings and goings, in places three to four deep!
A couple of snaps taken during the ceremony…
Following a fifty-minute ceremony, the newlyweds and guests filed into the church gardens for photos before the head turning, ‘eclectic cavalcade’ departed, replete with VIP’s, at walking pace around downtown St. Ives.
The happy newlyweds received a fabulous welcome from well-wishers waiting outside.
The newlyweds, standing and waving, led the procession in the Corniche with Lily and bridesmaids, also standing throughout, closely behind. Bringing up the rear, mums and dads naturally remained seated in the ‘hardtop’ XJL but were clearly moved and elated by the spectacle.
Pervaiz was in top form, popping up here and there. One minute at street level then balcony height capturing the ‘majesty’ of those precious moments that seem to go in a flash but last a lifetime!
Pervaiz on top form capturing some precious moments as Rachel & Nik pass The Sloop Inn.
Standing room only in Lily en-route to Tregenna Castle!
Tregenna Castle and reception time was beckoning.
The castle looked absolutely majestic as the ‘eclectic trio’ gathered by the main entrance following their ‘razzle-dazzle’ sortie for their final curtain call.
I love this photo – spectacular!
Cornwall really is blessed with some of the finest wedding venues in the world!
Our very best wishes go to Rachel and Nikhil and thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us x
All photographs by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.