Catherine and Martin’s wedding at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth on Thursday 22nd August 2013 with Lily.
Thanks to thoughtful family friend, Dean, Lily choreographed a surprise of a lifetime on a totally unsuspecting bride and groom.
With the news dominated by the conflict in Syria the day that Catherine and Martin tied the knot, I have, as is the norm now, been trying to sift out a couple of topical snippets of the happier kind. Indeed, anything that corresponds to their special day. So here goes, writes Chauffeur Bob…
An annual weigh-in of residents took place at London Zoo to record their vital statistics. The animals went in one by one to be measured and weighed, from frogs to tigers. An interesting day in the office for zookeepers!
Staying on a weigh-in theme; a record breaking cabbage has been grown that will provide your 105 a day. The monster vegetable is destined to set a new world record as a team of chefs set about preparing 105 dishes in one day from a single cabbage.
Despite the absence of notable events in today’s news, history does throw up a few interesting happenings this very same day…
In 1485 Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. A little later in 1642 the English Civil war kicked off and in 1770 Captain Cook claimed eastern Australia as British territory. We certainly knew how to make history in those days!
For me, Catherine and Martin’s historic day started with an early (ish) morning eastward chug in Lily along the A30 to Parkdean at White Acres Holiday Park, somewhere out in the sticks on the north Cornish Coast.
Safely at my destination and out of sight, I called conspirator Dean, as planned. “We’ve arrived and are ready for action”. “I’ll call you when we’re ready” was Dean’s retort.
A few minutes later groom Martin received the surprise of his life as Lily turned the corner and with her claxon blasting away, pulled to a halt outside the ‘boys’ boudoir.
A few miles away at Mawgan Porth’s Bedruthan Steps Hotel, and still totally unaware of Lily’s involvement in the day’s proceedings, Martin’s bride Catherine was in the final throws of preparation. Sworn to secrecy, Chauffeur Bob junior (son Ben) was already there too, capturing those special pre-nuptial bridal moments – yet another surprise orchestrated by Martin’s best man, Dean.
Meanwhile back at Parkdean, the ‘boys’ and mum of the groom climbed aboard Lily. The main man, Martin, rode shotgun whilst Dean, along with usher Will, ring bearers Archie & Harvey and Dot jumped in the posh seats.
Heads turned and curtains twitched as we left the holiday park in a topless Lily bound for the ceremony at Mawgan Porth, 30 minutes drive time away.
Martin was clearly overwhelmed by the surprise and loved every second of his memorable journey of a lifetime. As did everyone else on board I hasten to add!
All Martin and guests had to do now was to keep Lily a secret from Catherine until after the ceremony.
I’m not sure whether anyone inadvertently let the cat out of the bag, but judging by Mrs. Willis’ reaction on seeing Lily for the first time some time later, I suspect not.
Lost for words and noticeably moved, the happy couple made their way to Lily through an avenue of confetti throwing wedding folk.
Champers ceremoniously popped by ‘yours truly’, the newlyweds were whisked away to nearby Mawgan Porth in blazing sunshine for a few intimate beachside and campervan poses. Chief picture taker, Ben, rode shotgun.
As is always the case, the spectacle of Lily complete with bride and groom caused quite a stir in downtown Mawgan Porth. Ben marched the happy couple onto the beach and snapped away before returning to Lily for a few final poses in and around her, watched on by holidaymakers galore!
Lily’s memorable involvement in the day was quickly drawing to a close, as sit down and speech time back at ‘Bedruthan Steps’ was rapidly approaching.
On our short return trip Martin and Catherine mentioned that they are breaking with convention in so far as Catherine will be joining Martin in a joint bride & groom speech.
As I prepared for my final departure in Lily there were signs that the hotel’s catering activities were swinging into place for the wedding breakfast. Chefs and food trolleys were buzzing around. Much to everyone’s relief, there was no sign of a giant cabbage!
Congratulations and very best wishes to a lovely couple x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.
25th August and this lovely email arrived from best man Dean…