Samantha and Stuart’s wedding at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Ia, St. Ives, on Saturday 22nd June 2013 with ‘Showgirl’ campervan Lola.
The weather took on a more unsettled theme just when Samantha and Stuart could have done with it hanging around for another day.
As is always the case, no one was going to let a few dastardly showers spoil a beautiful occasion…
Making the news the week that Samantha and Stuart tied the knot was, for a welcome change, more lighthearted…
The Queen’s horse, Estimate, had won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Ladies’ Day whilst the president of the United States gaff at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland was also doing the rounds by referring to our Chancellor, George Osborne as Jeffrey Osborne!
President Obama apologised; “I’m sorry man. I must have confused you with my favourite R & B singer.”
For those of you too young to remember, the Osborne of the ‘Jeffrey’ variety had a 1982 hit with…
Up and above the clouds
The only way to fly
Is on the wings of love
Chauffeur Steff remembers it well and simply loves being Chauffeur Steff on the ‘wheels of love’, if you hadn’t noticed! Moreover, he was clearly ‘cock a hoop’ to jump behind the wheel of Lola for Samantha and Stuart’s St Ives wedding. This is his report…
It’s been a while since I had a wedding in St Ives, so you can imagine my delight when I received the details for Samantha and Stuart’s wedding on 22nd June.
The weather was overcast with a strong possibility of rain so during the pre-ceremony checks I made extra sure that we had a pair of those special Strawberry Leisure ‘Weddington Boots’ and fluffy white towels, just in case.
I ran through my list… chilled champagne, glasses, brollies, towels, music etc. – all present and correct so off we chugged to Carbis Bay Hotel to meet up with the wedding party for the first of two runs to the church.
One thing you can never rely on is the great British weather, so I wasn’t surprised at all when out of nowhere a torrent of rain swept across the bay, soaking all in its path. Fortunately it passed over just as quickly leaving Lola glistening as each little raindrop reflected back the warm afternoon light.
Bridesmaids and flower girls getting ready for departure.
At the hotel, Samantha and Stuart’s guests were gathering in the car park for their treat. Samantha and Stuart had organised King Harry Coaches to ferry the them to the church in a 1950’s Bedford SB Duple Vega whilst the bridesmaids, Samantha and Clifford (Samantha’s father) where being especially spoiled with a trip in Lola, our flirtatious 1965 Volkswagen splitty – a true celebrity in these parts!
King Harry Coaches did an excellent job transporting the guests to the church in downtown St Ives (by no means an easy feat!).
Now it was Lola’s turn as Michelle, Lorna, Tania and Louisa + flower girls (Analise & Scarlet) climbed aboard for the short trip to the Church of the Scared Heart and St. Ia, perched on a tight bend at the top of Tregenna Hill in St Ives.
Proud dad Clifford with Samantha about to depart for the church.
It was unusually quiet on the roads considering it was a Saturday afternoon in St Ives. That is, until the bridesmaids found the volume button on the stereo and became as captivated as I am with Lola’s klaxon! We had great fun waving at passers-by and had reached the church in, what seemed, no time at all.
With my first set of VIP’s safely delivered, it was time for me to make my way back to Carbis Bay for Samantha and her dad Clifford.
With everyone else now hopefully ensconced in anticipation at the church, Samantha and Clifford climbed aboard Lola and we chugged up the steep hill out of Carbis Bay and on towards St Ives.
Here we go!
I put some gentle background music on as Samantha and her father discussed the details of the day ahead. A few minutes later and we’d arrived at the church. There was time for one or two more photographs and then Samantha took her father’s hand and walked in to the church.
Chauffeur Steff awaits the bride and groom.
With almost theatrical timing, the heavens opened and deposited what seemed like the Atlantic Ocean upon St Ives – it lasted throughout the entire ceremony. There was no let up, to the point of starting to fear that a planned post-nuptial trip to a St. Ives beach may be postponed.
Thankfully, just like previously in the day, the rain stopped as suddenly as it had started the instant Stuart and Samantha stepped out from the church.
Time to celebrate!
Hoping to get the best out of the break in the weather, the now Mr. and Mrs. Percy joined Lola and we set off in the direction of ‘down town’ St. Ives.
With Lola topless, her impressive sound system up a wick or two and the sun shining, we had a fabulous time.
We paused at the slipway by the Sloop Inn at the harbour for some champagne.
A couple of lovely poses on the slipway near the Sloop Inn.
Samantha tried on Strawberry Leisure’s famous ‘Weddington Boots’ and together with Stuart they strolled down to the sea for a quick paddle and some fun poses, choreographed by Kirstin Prisk, their popular professional picture taker for the day.
With some memorable moments, creatively captured it was time to make tracks back to the hotel, but not before a sortie up Fore Street!
It was standing room only down Fore Street in a topless Lola.
Fore Street is a very narrow road that is almost as wide as Lola and is often avoided by drivers because of this. As we pulled into this tiny road, the pedestrians moved to either side… it was like the parting of the sea!
Everyone stood clapping and cheering as Stuart and Samantha peered through Lola’s open top like royalty. What a fantastic experience they had but alas the time had come to journey back to the hotel for the evening reception and of course the all-important first dance.
It really was a pleasure and privilege driving Lola today and sharing in Samantha and Stuart’s beautiful occasion.
Best wishes to a lovely couple x
Our sincere thanks go to Chauffeur Steff’s wife Tracey and son Jay, for helping to capture some of the above wonderful images in and around St.Ives.
3rd July – This lovely little note arrived from Samantha and Stuart…
Thanks so much for this and for the opportunity to have so much fun in Lola on our wedding day. We had such an awesome time and your blog hit the nail on the head about the weather!
We also want to say a big thanks for the professional service and of course to Steff who was an amazing Chauffeur. He clearly has a lot of fun doing his job and he does it really well!!
Lola is such a beauty and we had lots of lovely comments about the van on the day.
So thanks once again for sharing this blog and for an amazing day.
Sam and Stu