Jennifer and Luke’s wedding at St Agnes Parish Church on Sunday 25th August 2013 with ‘Party Girl’ Lily
The fine weather was holding strong as Chauffeur Steff took to the helm of our beautiful ‘Party Girl’ Lily for Jennifer and Luke’s wedding at nearby St. Agnes.
A couple of notable events in history the very same day that Jennifer and Luke tied the knot included…
1768 – Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his 1st voyage onboard the Endeavour bound for the Pacific Ocean
1919 – 1st scheduled passenger service by airplane (Paris-London)
Staying with the transport theme, according to this Saturday’s Times newspaper, sixteen million people are expected to hit the highway over the Bank Holiday weekend in search of a late burst of summer sun. What’s more, routes into the South West are predicted to be amongst the busiest!
Included in these sixteen million would have been many friends and family of the bride and groom all making their way from ‘Royal Berkshire’ for the grand occasion.
Hopefully they all made it time. Chauffeur Steff certainly did and was, indeed, honoured to send in this report…
Once in a while, I’m asked to attend a Sunday wedding and this time I was to chauffeur Luke and Jennifer on their special day.
The plan was to meet up at a quaint little cottage just up the road from St Agnes parish church to make a few trips to the church with the bridesmaids and then take Jennifer (the bride) to the church for a 2pm ceremony.
Despite the reported Bank Holiday influx of tourists the traffic was light, which I attributed to a Sunday, and we arrived in St Agnes nice and early.
I stopped outside the church, wiped Lily over and rearranged her scatter cushions. St Agnes was unusually quiet even though it was a ‘day of rest’, very few people were on the streets although it was the height of summer.
As it was nearing pick-up time, we chugged up the hill to Jennifer’s cottage to be greeted with a hive of activity. Clearly an awful lot of people were attending Luke and Jennifer’s wedding; albeit not 16 million but it did seem to account for those empty streets!
Eventually it was time to take bridesmaids; Melissa, Kat, & Emma + Mum of the bride, Debby, to the church via the short route, returning for Jennifer and her dad, Glen, who opted for the scenic route around the famous St Agnes Beacon.
More and more people were gathering outside the church and by the time Jennifer had arrived, the street was blocked by onlookers and well-wishers.
Lily caused her usual chaos (in the nicest sort of way) as she chugged to a halt outside the church and her Klaxon resonated down the streets.
Traffic queued for as far as the eye could see. When they could pass, every driver waved and smiled; the atmosphere was electric.
With Jennifer safely at the church, my attention turned to Lily. There’s always a small blemish to wipe away or a cushion to adjust and, as usual, an awful lot of onlookers gathered around, completely mesmerised and enquiring about Lily’s pedigree.
Although it can be fun answering questions about Lily’s past, it can also take your mind off the time, so I was a little surprised to hear the church bells whilst still in deep conversation.
Suddenly duty called and I found myself directing traffic (without the ubiquitous fluorescent vest) as guests were spilling out onto the road preventing traffic flow.
This kept me busy until Jennifer and Luke were ready for their trip to Chapel Porth.
Chapel Porth echoes the past of St Agnes’s tin and copper heritage with engine houses and ventilation shafts perched on the very edges of the cliffs.
Leading the way, Lily escorted Joel from Dove Films and David and Christine from Alchemy Photography in a small convoy to the headland of Chapel Porth for some breathtaking scenes with Luke and Jennifer. The wind was keen but the weather was truly fantastic, so it was decided to take full advantage of the cliff side scene and obtain as many happy memory photos as possible.
Eventually it was time to move on from the iconic scenes of the past centuries and join the reception in a thoroughly modern fully equipped marquee a few hundred metres away.
Normally once we reach the reception it is time for the chauffer to depart, but today Lily and I decided to stay for a while so that the guests could pose in and around her and take photos.
Everyone had great fun and my first Sunday wedding of the season was a great success.
Congratulations to a lovely couple x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.
25th September 2013 and the following beautiful video has just arrived from Joel at Dove Films…