Hannah and Marc’s wedding at Carbis Bay Hotel on Monday 24th June 2013 with ‘Showgirl’ camper van Lola.
It was a good weather day, the day that Hannah and Marc tied the knot. It was also the start of Wimbledon.
The cheers, clapping and jubilation of wedding folk, buoyed on by Lola’s klaxon however, was the only ‘racquet’ to be had in and around St Ives and Carbis Bay.
You could say the perfect ‘love match’ was taking place.
The nation expects from Andy Murray, US leaker rogue Snowden holed up in Moscow and the ailing health of international statesman, Nelson Mandela, all featured in the ‘quality’ papers this special Monday.
Attired in pale pink and ivory bows ribbons and gerberas, a topless Lola, under the auspices of yours truly, chugged to a halt at the entrance gates. It was 10.45am exactly as planned. Tony the proprietor lay in wait to let us in and direct us to the bridal boudoir, nestling just a few hundred yards away in his fastidiously maintained grounds – an oasis of tranquility and a true refuge from routine!
Although appearing calm from the outside, I sensed Hannah’s lodge, like most bridal boudoirs on such days was, on the inside, a hive of activity.
Proprietor Tony’s wife, Charlotte, came over for a brief chat. Both were clearly mesmerised with Lola. Equally, I expressed my amazement at their beautiful lakeside accommodation and grounds.
I immediately suspected the influence of a fellow Virgo. It had all the hallmarks; everywhere was so neat and tidy, clutter free with a pervading sense of order. Gosh it’s tough being a Virgo, let alone being married to one, as Mrs. Chauffeur Bob will testify! Anyways…
First out the lodge door was Hannah’s dad, Bob, clearly wowed by the ‘Lola affect’. Bridesmaids, Emma and Carly followed shortly afterwards. As did, Hannah and her mum, Anne.
Hannah with mum, Anne and dad, Bob, at Nanpusker Lakeside lodges.
The bride with bridesmaids Emma and Carly.
Carbis Bay here we come!
A few lovely poses later and we all chugged off in the direction of Carbis Bay. I recall the time being 11.20am.
With an allotted ceremony time of High Noon, we were under instructions by the hotel’s effervescent Victoria to be there for circa 11.50am for Hannah’s pre-nuptial ‘tete a tete’ with the registrar.
We were in good shape and arrived just around the corner at 11.45am. As is customary and indeed professional, I gave Victoria a quick ‘we’re nearly there’ call. It was a good job I did…
“We’re not ready – some of the guests are not here”. We agreed to go into a holding pattern and delay our final approach until midday.
All smiles as we arrive at Carbis Bay Hotel.
Hannah loved my sense of humour!
At high noon exactly, we set off down ‘Rue Vistatodiefor’. A few moments later, the hotel and spectacular bay now looming, I could make out a welcome party along with Jenny and Ricky from Kiss photography, poised and awaiting our arrival.
As always Lola’s VIP’s were afforded a warm and friendly welcome from Victoria. A few snaps followed before Hannah was whisked away for an audience with the Registrar. Pre-nuptial formalities later, on cue the music began and arm in arm with her dad Bob, Hannah stepped into The Godrevy Room. Hannah and Marc’s life changing appointment was well and truly underway.
Hannah and proud dad, Bob, make their way into The Godrevy Room.
Lola awaiting the bride and groom – even the flowers are colour coordinated!
Mr. and Mrs. Flook emerged some forty minutes later onto the hotel’s terrace, overlooking one of the most spectacular bays in the world. The sun had its hat on as the happy couple received heartfelt congratulations from their many guests.
Ricky and Jenny set to work orchestrating an intimate bride and groom photo shoot down on the beach. Shortly afterwards, one by one, the more energetic members of the congregation made their way down the steps and across the sand to join in the fun.
I managed to get a few long distance snaps away with my ‘Blogging Box Brownie’ thanks to its ‘paparazzi’ zoom facility.
Lola quickly became the centre of attention as everyone made their way back from the beach and the newlyweds prepared themselves for a royal hand waving ‘tour de force’ of downtown St.Ives.
With the cork ceremoniously jettisoned and the chilled champagne now flowing, photographer Ricky jumped in the front passenger seat along with his equipment and we set course for St Ives. Hannah and Marc couldn’t resist standing and waving as we pulled away from the hotel and made our climb out of ‘Carbis Bay International’. I remained seated throughout!
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Flook!
I’ve said it time and time again but I’ll say it again… The reception afforded to couples as they make an open top, campervan tour of St Ives has to be experienced to be believed. It is truly spellbinding, moving and memorable.
Marc and Hannah enjoying a topless Lola!
We chugged at walking pace past the harbour and amidst the heady atmosphere we made for a parking slot on Smeaton’s Pier.
A few of the lovely snaps taken on Smeaton’s Pier…
Your husband will be back soon Mrs. Flook – he’s just had to go somewhere!
Immediately upon stopping, Marc legged it down the pier. It then dawned on me that his dance routine in the back of Lola was attributed to nature rather than Lola’s music!
Marc soon returned and now able to concentrate, relaxed into some lovely poses with Mrs. Flook, diligently choreographed by Ricky.
Following a truly magical sortie into St Ives, at 3 pm precisely we delivered our precious cargo back to the hotel.
Game, set and match… now come on Andy Murray!
Our very best wishes go to a super couple – it was a real privilege sharing in your beautiful day x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.