Emma and Michael’s wedding at Falmouth Registry Office on Friday 23rd August 2013 with Lola.
An informal, relaxed and fun family affair was just how Emma and Michael wanted their special day to unfold.
It was a case of congratulations and happy birthday for bride Emma, giving Michael absolutely no excuse to forget their anniversary!
Things could not have turned out better, for it was all of these and much more, writes Chauffeur Bob…
‘Velocity’ was making the news the day that Emma and Michael tied the knot.
High Speed 2 (HS2) the 225mph, circa £46 billion rail link project was being booted around like a political football. With construction due to start in 2017, political opinion as to its cost-v-benefits is becoming deeply divided.
At the other end of the speed spectrum, researchers from Exeter University followed a group of snails around a garden for three days – I guess someone has to do it!
The outcome of their endeavours has scientifically revealed that these gastropods reach a lightning velocity of one metre per hour when they really get going. Not quite as fast as Lola but almost!
After a gentle chug from Cornwall’s north to south coast, Lola arrived at Emma and Michaels Falmouth boudoir nice and early in good time for their 11.15am ceremony at the nearby Registry Office.
In accordance with the couple’s relaxed plans for the day, bride and groom were going to travel together in Lola to the ceremony, alongside bridesmaids Kate and Charlotte and ring bearer Matthew.
Emma’s son, also a Matthew, was her official escort but was making his own way there.
Young ring bearer Matthew jumped in the front next to me for our short trip to Falmouth’s Registry Office. Our other VIPs’; Emma, Michael, Kate and Charlotte occupied the posh seats.
Young Matthew couldn’t quite get over the slow pace of Lola… “Is this as fast as she goes – can’t you go any faster?”
Although forecast to rain later, the weather was holding up nicely; so much so Lola was to remain topless throughout the day.
Popular professional photography duo, Ben and Sarah Selway, were busy snapping away as Lola turned the final corner to make a deliberately slow final chug down Albany Place, before gently pulling to a halt directly outside the Registry Office. It was 11am precisely.
The ceremony lasted in all about 20 minutes and within 30 minutes a joyous Mr. and Mrs. Noy stepped outside to receive the heartfelt congratulations of their family and friends.
With the clouds rolling in and rain forecast, we decided to quickly crack open the ‘champers’, toast the happy couple and make haste for a frolic on Maenporth Beach.
The wedding party and Lola caused quite a stir on the beach; we seemed to be collecting onlookers and well-wishers by the minute.
Ben and Sarah diligently choreographed some wonderful poses around Lola and far down on the beach as it was low tide.
Meanwhile guests were making their way to ‘The Cove’; Emma and Michael’s reception venue, directly opposite.
A rather sandy Mr. & Mrs. Noy returned from their paddle and pictures about an hour later. They were clearly surprised to see me still there with Lola, evidently expecting to walk over the road to join their guests.
“I wouldn’t think about letting you walk – jump in!” Young boys Matthew, Thomas and James joined us for a final short, memorable chug, rounding off a really beautiful day.
A honeymoon cruise taking in Italy and Croatia beckons. Our very best wishes go with them x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.