Jackie and Tony’s wedding at St. Symphorians Church, Boscastle, on Saturday 24th August, 2013, with ‘Showgirl’ Lola.
A steady chug along the Atlantic Highway into deepest North Cornwall with Lola on a fine summer’s morning – what a wonderful start to another fun-filled wedding day!
‘Juliots Well’ near Camelford was our first destination, where we arrived exactly as planned some three hours after setting off. Trust me; you can do a lot of hand waving in this time! It was one thirty pm precisely, writes Chauffeur Bob…
‘Velocity’ was still making the news the week that Jackie and Tony 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, this week 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 lighting velocity of one metre per hour when they really get going. Not quite as fast as Lola but almost!
According to today’s ‘Times’, sixteen million people are expected to hit the highway this 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!
Thankfully our route from Strawberry leisure HQ out to Jackie’s bridal boudoir meant we were chugging against the westerly tidal flow. Nonetheless, I was thankful that we set off early to arrive in plenty of time.
Jackie and Tony along with their wedding entourage were all residing at Juliots Well and our initial plan was for Lola to undertake two runs from here to St. Symphorians Church near Boscastle.
Our arrival at Juliots Well (yes – I have spelt it correctly) certainly didn’t go unnoticed, as Lola immediately became the recipient of attention from wedding folk and holidaymakers alike.
A slight change of plan soon became apparent however.
Jackie informed me that the boys would be going under their own steam to the church so it would now only be one trip.
With the allotted ceremony time of 3pm still an hour and a half away, it meant I had some time to kill…
Jackie kindly invited me inside their industrious boudoir for a ‘cuppa’ and formal introductions. Amidst the theatre of smoking tongs and frenetic mobile phone conversations, Jackie’s smashing dad, Ken, calmly put the kettle on and sat down for a chat.
I recall it was just before 2.30pm that everyone excitedly jumped aboard as we prepared for departure. Joining Jackie and her dad were bridesmaids Rebecca and Lily, along with Paige Boy, Max.
St. Symphorians Church is not hard to miss. Being spectacularly perched on a raised headland, it dominates the awe-inspiring vista for miles around, drawing on your attention like a magnet.
Saying that, we still missed the turning. Instead, sailing past with bursts of cheeky giggles from our VIP’s, made even funnier by the fact that some family friends were following us as well!
Normal service resumed as we did an about turn and within minutes we had arrived. It was 3pm exactly.
Following the ceremony, the happy couple disappeared with Jackie’s brother-in-law, also acting as chief picture taker for the day, for a few wind swept pictures behind the church looking out to sea.
Mr. and Mrs. returned to their awaiting guests for a few final church-side photos and a liberal showering of confetti.
Eventually Jackie and Tony, clearly overjoyed, made their way down to a topless Lola. Guests corralled around as we popped the champers to a further outpouring of love and congratulations.
A noisy, fun-filled, standing departure soon followed. It was back to where it had all started, Juliots Well, for what was clearly going to be a night of celebration.
An amusing thing happened shortly after embarking on our journey back to HQ…
Chugging back and forth from Camelford to Boscastle with our lovely VIP’s during the day had caused
stitches of laughter at Lola’s somewhat relaxed pace. It didn’t go unnoticed that we tend to get the road to ourselves as everyone else is behind us!
Well, just as we turned a corner on the main road heading out of Camelford, there pointing a speed gun at us was a police officer!
I waved and chuckled away. Somehow I was hoping we’d get a ticket – if anything to bolster Lola’s ‘street-cred’!
Congratulations to a really lovely couple x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.
Just a couple of hours after this blog went live, a lovely email message arrived from Mr. and Mrs. Brookshaw…
Jackie has just sent in the following ‘corking’ picture taken by her brother-in-law…
Notice the cork!