Shelly and Martin’s wedding on Saturday, 17th August, 2013, at St Ives Parish Church with Lulu.
Regular readers of our blog would know that we do like to include a notable snippet or two of any history making news or factoids from the day in question.
Saturday the 17th of August 2013 however has proved to be a bit of a challenge in this respect. Absolutely nothing appeared to be making the headlines of ‘landmark’ proportions. By and large the media were awash with a mish-mash of un-noteworthy stories. To prove a point, here’s a couple of gems from the day…
‘Where’s ya bin?’
Eric gets in a Pickle over bins. Yes, this story received newspaper and television coverage the day that Shelly and Martin tied the knot. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is demanding garages be made for wheelie bins.
Also making the ‘top’ stories today…
£1,750 will buy you access to the PM’s bedroom boudoir and the ability to ‘room drop’ on other cabinet ministers at this year’s party conference.
Yes, for a tidy sum, you’ll be able to pay to have a message or promotional item placed on the bed of a top Tory staying in the official conference hotel!
Your suggestions on a postcard only please!
An unusually long settled period of fine weather threw a twenty-four hour wobbly just when Shelly and Martin, and many others come to that, could have done without it – would you Adam and Eve it!
Fortunately rain didn’t stop play. Of course it never does. Weddings must go on irrespective of the pesky and unpredictable nature of our great British weather.
Here’s a thought though… whatever the elements may throw at you, rather than let it put the dampers on your day of a lifetime, embrace it as an opportunity for some memorable fun of a different kind. It may not be what you had been hoping for but I promise you days, weeks, months and years later you’ll be looking back at your occasion with love, laughter and wonderful memories.
For Shelly and Martin, the heavy squalls kicked off pretty much in sync with their ceremony. Conditions went from bad to worse but how wonderful it all was. As you’ll see from the candid snaps below taken with my blogging Box Brownie, Shelly and Martin and everyone else come to that savoured every moment. It was a truly beautiful and fun day writes Chauffeur Bob…
The entire bridal party, boys included, were all in residence at St Ives Harbour Hotel. It was to this very establishment that I made my hand waving way for a pick up at 11.45 in our radiant, fun-loving Lulu.
In a word, the forecast was ‘grim’ all day. I was sincerely hoping the met office had got it wrong but it was not to be.
Three sorties into downtown St Ives followed. First up, as ever, the boys … the main man, Martin, along with his best man Nick 1 and ushers Nick 2 and Matt.
Professional picture taker for the day was the talented Kirstin Prisk who, during this time, was busily ensconced in the ladies boudoir capturing their industrious preparations.
Kirstin’s assistant for the day, Kate, joined the boys in Lulu for our first downhill run to the church.
Next up and with the rain and wind staring to up the ante, were the ladies; Bridesmaids Mishele (yes I have spelt the name correctly), Malissa, Delrose and Jana.
Our final trip, as always, was the preserve of the bride; Shelly and her dad Bob. Maid of Honour, Bridget, joined us as planned, as did Shelly’s lovely mum, who rode shotgun.
Umbrella city welcomed the bridal party as the 1pm ceremony got underway. Pachebel’s evocative Canon in D could clearly be heard from outside as Shelly, arm in arm with her dad, Bob, gracefully made their way down the aisle.
Mr. and Mrs. Netley emerged some 50 minutes later, cocooned within an army of brollies for a wet, wild and fun post-nuptial celebration.
With ‘champers’ glasses charged and armed with an arsenal of umbrellas, we eventually made haste for Porthgwidden Beach. Bridesmaid, Jana, Kirstin and Pete joined us for what turned out to be a fun, cosy and somewhat steamy soiree.
Here a beautiful time unfolded, totally un-spoilt by the dastardly weather.
We chugged some 40 minutes later to the Harbour Hotel in time for the formal celebrations to get well and truly underway.
Our very best wishes go to a great, fun-loving couple x.
All photographs by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.