Chris and Gemma’s wedding at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, on Wednesday 31st July 2013 with ‘Showgirl’ Lola.
Sunday’s £88 million jewel raid from a luxury hotel in Cannes was a topical news story the week that Lisa and Michael tied the knot – the biggest diamond robbery in history!
Meanwhile, on the very same day 515 years ago, Columbus, on his third voyage of exploration set foot on an island, which he named Trinidad.
On the 31st July 1965, the last cigarette commercial was screened on British television.
Lola would have been only one year old then and, as far as we are aware, she has never smoked in her life, unlike some diesels we know!
Today, it was Chauffeur Steff’s privilege to jump aboard our ‘Showgirl’ for Chris and Gemma’s journey of a lifetime. This is his report…
Every now and then I’m asked to attend a mid week wedding and on this occasion Lola and myself (Chauffeur Steff) found ourselves heading Falmouth way to meet up with the Groom (Chris Symonds), Best Man (Brady), Ushers (Dave & Tristan) + Groomsmen (Jamie and Chris number 2).
The trip up was light with traffic but the sky was looking patchy in places.
I arrived at the first of three pick-ups and was diverted to the local pub to collect the rest of the guys. With everyone safely on board, we chugged our way up to Pendennis Castle through the back roads of Falmouth. Chris needed to be at the Castle early so that he could go through the paperwork with the registrar.
The boys arrive at Pendennis Castle (Lola’s there somewhere!).
Now it was time to hop it across Falmouth to Penryn and pick up Mother of the Bride (Sharon), Bridesmaids (Hannah, Jess, Beccie & Jenna). The traffic was excellent and I arrived in plenty of time at the house in Penryn.
I jumped out ready to knock the door but there was no need as Sharon had spotted me pulling up outside with Lola and greeted me at the doorstep. The house was a busy hive of activities. Photographs, make up, hair and lots of things going on. Despite all this, Mum and the bridesmaids were ready to get going and without further ado boarded Lola. I changed the music on the stereo, cranked up the volume just a little and sped off down the bypass to Pendennis Castle.
Time to get going with the lovely ladies.
Now it was time to return to Penryn and collect Gemma and Nigel (Gemma’s Dad). When I arrived at the house, Gemma was already waiting at the door, ready to go. A neighbour came across to greet Gemma and take a few photographs. Just then a light drizzle of rain blew in from the coast and the sky looked grey. I reassured Gemma that the weather was just fine at the Castle and we set off.
Soon though the rain got heavier and it was looking as if it was going to be in for the day.
The traffic was getting heavier as we approached the late afternoon but we still managed to negotiate our way through at a pretty respectable rate, arriving at the castle exactly on time. As an added plus, the skies had cleared and the sun was now shining down. A couple of quick photos later and Gemma was whisked off to join the ceremony.
Proud dad Nigel ready to depart with Gemma.
During the ceremony, I was approached by quite a few holidaymakers who were delighted to meet Lola. One Chinese couple spent about 20 minutes posing with Lola and it only came to an end because once again the heavens opened.
Eventually the rain did stop, just as Gemma and Chris stepped out from the ceremony. Pendennis Castle is situated at a high point and is windy at the best of times. One of the big advantages it has is that you can forecast the weather quite accurately from the grounds. The plan was to go down to Pendennis point and have some pictures taken there but judging the clouds in the distance, we figured that we had at best 30 minutes before the rain was in for the day.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Symonds!
Instead it was decided to take full advantage of the break in the weather and have the remainder of the photographs in the castle grounds. Gemma and Chris struck a few poses, we popped the champagne to toast the bride and groom and had just enough time for a pose with Lola.
Just as predicted the weather closed in as professional photographer Kirstin Prisk took the final shot and Gemma and Chris joined their guests for their reception.
We wish Gemma and Chris all the best for a very happy future x
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.