Chris and Laura’s wedding at St Budock Church, Budock Water near Falmouth on Saturday 14th September 2013 with our ‘Showgirl’ Lola.
‘Hay mucho sol’ – there certainly was plenty of sun around today for Chris and Laura’s fabulous wedding. Very apt indeed, as orange was their feature colour for the day and it really did work well.
Everyone looked stunningly vibrant in the early autumn warm sunshine, as did Lola of course, sporting orange ribbons and gerberas.
Hang on … what’s this Spanish introduction business to do with, I hear you say.
The ‘Fiesta’ however kicked off pretty much the moment Lola arrived at Laura’s industrious bridal boudoir, just a bouquet’s throw from the church, writes Chauffeur Bob…
Readers of our blogs would have, no doubt, noticed that we do like to include the top stories of the day along with one or two historic factoids.
You can always tell when good news stories are thin on the ground by the nature of the main stories making the headlines.
I have to confess that I’m struggling, particularly with a ‘landmark’ headline for the 14th September 2013.
Believe it or not, the main news of the day as far as the papers and national TV were concerned was the government’s plan to introduce a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags in England.
This day in history…
1752 – Britain adopts the Gregorian Calendar.
1868 – Golf’s 1st recorded hole in one (Tom Morris at Prestwick’s 8th hole).
1959 – Soviet Union’s Luna 2 is 1st spacecraft to land on the moon.
2013 – British government announce 5p charge for carrier bags!
A topless Lola certainly got those curtains twitching as we arrived and parked up in full gaze of neigbours and wedding folk.
I announced my arrival and state of readiness with a chauffeur’s knock on the door – it was 1.15pm precisely.
A few introductions later and Laura, along with her bridesmaids, Jenny and Rebecca came bounding out of the front door for a few fun pre-nuptial poses.
Snapping away with imagination was chief picture taker for the day – Katy, a lovely lady and close friend of Laura’s.
Attention moved onto Lola as we neared the time for our first departure. Jenny and Rebecca boarded and were joined by Laura’s mum, Jan.
A few more snaps ensued before we chugged in the direction of Budock Water with music playing and the occasional blast on Lola’s irresistible klaxon.
In what seemed like no time at all, we had safely completed our first sortie to the church and were back preparing for the all-important departure with Laura and her dad, Peter.
The weather remained kind and Lola topless for a few final ‘just about to depart’ poses. What followed was a moving and slow chug to St.Budock Church, arriving with military precision at 2pm exactly.
As well as Katy snapping away at the stills, another family friend, Kevin, was also busy with his video camera ensuring all angles were covered. And, just for good measure, my trusty ‘Blogging Box Brownie’, as always, was conveniently just tucked away in my inside pocket. Over the past five years I’ve pretty much perfected the art of whipping it out – ‘snap’- and putting it back in a flash, so to speak!
Although we arrived exactly on time, the vicar nevertheless seemed eager to get on with the proceedings and was quick to usher the bridal party inside.
Approximately 50 minutes or so later, the happy couple stepped out and onto the church’s sunlit pathway, both smiling from ear to ear. The newly appointed Mr. and Mrs. Ramsden received a badminton racket ‘guard of honour’ from club members.
It also transpired that Chris is a PGA Golf Professional (you can just make out the badge on his jacket pocket if you look closely). Today though, he left his clubs at home. Nonetheless, I felt certain Chris and Laura would be looking forward to the 19th hole – The Boslowick Inn.
Everyone respected the church notice prohibiting confetti from being thrown in the church grounds. However, as soon as the newlyweds stepped through the church gateway and onto the lane, a monsoon rained down on them.
The ‘champers’ flowed, as did an outpouring of congratulations and affection.
We eventually departed with bride and groom upstanding, music blaring, klaxon blasting and absolutely everyone waving and cheering.
As pre-arranged with Katy the photographer, we drove round the corner and waited until the guests had left for the 19th hole. We then returned to the vicinity of the church for a beautiful photo shoot before a quick sortie to Gyllngvase Beach.
Our final port of call was of course the reception venue; The Boslowick Inn, Falmouth. Here, the party was really getting into full swing (no golf pun intended) with guests taking it in turns to be photographed in and around Lola, many taking it in turns to don my chauffeur’s cap!
Congratulations to a lovely couple and very best wishes for your future health and happiness x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.