Laura and Rickie’s wedding at St. Hydroc Church, Lanhydrock, on Saturday 10th August 2013 with Lily.
One of the nicest stories making the news (and potential history) the day that Laura and Rickie tied the knot concerned a Giant Panda called Tian Tian.
Following a 16 week wait, keepers at Edinburgh Zoo believe she may be pregnant. If so, one or two cubs could arrive by the end of the month – the first ever to be born in the UK.
Meanwhile in Moscow, the 14th IAAF Athletics world championships began with an astonishing win by Mo Farah in the men’s 10,000m.
Family history was also being made, circa 70,000m east of Strawberry Leisure’s Hayle HQ at St Hydroc Church, near Bodmin.
If you Google Map our HQ to Bodmin, it comes out at 41 miles with an estimated journey time of 52 minutes.
Before setting off for a 1pm pick-up however, I (rather sensibly it has to be said) decided to factor into the equation that it was the Newquay Boardmasters Festival and holiday change-over day, bang in the middle of the County’s silly season.
My departure from HQ at 10.30am, allowing two and a half hours to do 41 miles seemed, at the time, overkill but certainly ‘water-tight’ – you just can’t take chances on such occasions!
Two hours and fifteen minutes later I arrived at Laura’s Bodmin based bridal boudoir. ‘Aha’, I hear you say ‘I used to have a car like that!’ …
Now I’m fully aware that our gorgeous girls are not to be hurried, but in true Cornish tradition they do get there, albeit ‘dreckly’. Nonetheless the eastbound traffic was horrendous!
The weather remained mostly dry throughout our hand waving chug to the ‘Moors’, but as always seems to be the case; Bodmin has a propensity to attract ominous looking skies – today looked like it wasn’t going to disappoint!
A few lovely pre-nuptial snaps before setting off for the church…
A knock at the door to announce my arrival and state of readiness seemed to heighten an already palpable level of nervous excitement… curlers were going twenty to the dozen and those tongs were ‘a smoking’ – it was a truly industrious scene!
Introductions followed; Laura’s proud dad Andy, Laura’s mum, beautiful flower girls Sienna and Scarlet and not forgetting her Nan, Diana – a real character with a great sense of humour. Suffice it to say we hit it off from the word go.
Laura and Rickie’s handpicked professional picture takers for the day were husband and wife team Christine and David.
Christine was spending the pre-nuptial build up here with the ladies whilst David was busy with the boys at the church.
We had time to capture a number of lovely poses before finally getting underway for St. Hydroc Church at around 12.35pm or thereabouts.
Unfortunately, I sensed the rain wasn’t too far away. Thankfully though, it did show a respectful level of restraint insofar as it was to hold off long enough to get everyone inside the church.
Lily’s VIP’s arrived in the beautifully manicured grounds of Lanhydrock House a tad early (tad = 10 minutes). Despite darkening skies, I decided to pause and risk opening up Lily’s ragtop for a ‘stately-like’ arrival.
The bridal party arrive at the church.
You could say we had been spotted, as the steady influx of daily visitors took more than a passing interest, many with their cameras whirring away.
As we passed the main house on our final approach to the church, I couldn’t help but notice how ‘in-keeping’ Laura’s beautiful dress was with the sheer splendor of the late Victorian architecture and landscaped surroundings – so much so, it really did feel quite regal.
I could see photographer David astride in the middle of the driveway as we neared at a gentle walking pace. David’s wife, Christine, was riding shotgun, which enabled her to get a few interesting moments captured en-route.
It was at this point that our first attempt to arrive was thwarted when Laura spotted her mum just getting out of her parked car – we quickly retreated out of sight and held fast for a few minutes.
We duly returned a few moments later to be warmly greeted by the Reverend.
There’s a particularly long walk from the car park down to the church, which called for some serious mitigation duty by ‘yours truly’ to keep Laura’s dress out of harms way – it’s all in a day’s work for a professional chauffeur. Some would call it a perk of the job!
Here we go, the time has come…
The ceremony got underway on schedule, as did with impeccable timing the rain!
Lily awaiting the bride and groom.
Suffice it to say that by the time Laura and Rickie were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Teague, things had started to get a little on the damp side.
Fortunately this didn’t stop the happy newlyweds from having a good old frolic around the magnificent stately grounds and for David and Christine to capture them with some memorable poses.
A few memories from the stately gardens of Lanhydrock House…
Despite the rain getting progressively heavier and heavier, I too found myself whipping out my blogging Box Brownie from my inside pocket like a man possessed such was the magnificence of the setting and fun of the occasion.
Naturally everyone by now was taking on a soggy, bedraggled-like appearance, and started to seek shelter under the impressive main Gatehouse. I decided to leg-it back to the car park and brought Lily round to the Gatehouse.
Mr. and Mrs. Teague and family jumped aboard and we cracked open the ‘champers’.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Teague!
Our final port of call was Cardinham Woods, the venue for their reception just a mere ‘bouquets throw’ away from Lanhydrock.
The rain was still falling heavily when we arrived at the beautifully decorated round marquee. Nonetheless, spirits remained high as no time was wasted in getting celebrations well and truly underway. The good news was that it was set to improve later.
Alas that time had come to say our goodbyes.
Despite the damp conditions, Laura and Rickie were eager to express their delight with Lily and their magical day so far.
A tasty fish and chip supper was being prepared for the entire congregation just as Lily and I started our slow chug home.
With a bit of luck the sun may come out by the time they have eaten them I thought and hoped!
Congratulations Laura and Rickie and very best wishes for your future happiness x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.