Danielle and Dave’s wedding at Kenwyn Church, Truro, on Saturday 31st August 2013 with ‘party-girl’ Lily.
The weather had clearly read Danielle and Dave’s wedding script, as another beautiful late summer’s day heralded my morning getaway from Strawberry Leisure HQ in our charismatic, party-girl Lily. Writes Chauffeur Bob…
Ahead of us, a bridal boudoir encampment in the county’s surfing capital, would by now be in the final throws of preparation. No doubt nerves would be jangling in excited anticipation and the curling tongs smoking!
Meanwhile back on the A30, Lily’s flirtatious, eastwardly chug towards Newquay was gaining a considerable amount of waving admirers, many pointing the ubiquitous phone camera and even waving iPads at us.
iPads are now common place, being used for photos and even videos in the same manner as phone cameras. Nonetheless, the sight of someone holding aloft a large rectangular, almost A4 size board in front of their face does look a trifle strange. It always reminds me of a football match official, about to make a substitution.
The civil war in Syria continued to dominate the front pages on the day that our happy couple tied the knot, as did the news that house prices are rising at a rate of £500 per month!
On this day in 1422 King Henry V died whilst on business in France. Meanwhile back here in ‘Blighty’ his son Henry VI is crowned king at the tender age of nine months!
Today in 2006 Norwegian police recovered Edvard Munch’s famous painting ‘The Scream’, previously stolen in August 2004.
Back to today’s important date in history… Screams of fun and excitement could be heard coming from a first floor hotel window as I called Zoe, the couple’s wedding planner, to announce our arrival and state of readiness.
“Hello Zoe, it’s Chauffeur Bob – we’re here”. “I know”, said Zoe, “I can see you – look up”. Zoe and other wedding folk were all busy waving away from the noise source on the first floor.
First and rather furtively, out the door a few seconds afterwards was the groom Dave, with his dad, eager to avoid being spotted from the bridal boudoir. A quick pose alongside Lily and the boys sped off in the direction of Kenwyn Church, Truro.
At about 12.30pm the bridal entourage emerged, ready for departure.
Escorted by her proud dad (also a Dave), Danielle was accompanied by her excited bridesmaids; Hannah, Nicki, Mel and Bethany. Zoe, the lovely wedding planner, remained busy throughout, diligently ensuring everything was under control.
A few final poses later and a blast (or two) on Lily’s klaxon and we were off in glorious sunshine, albeit a little later than I had originally planned.
Lily’s VIP’s clearly enjoyed our fun filled, klaxon sounding, music playing soiree to Kenwyn Church. Closely behind and having absolutely no trouble in keeping up with our lightning pace, were Ben and Sarah Selway; Danielle and Dave’s professional picture takers for the day.
Ben and Sarah later zoomed past and were waiting, cameras poised, upon our arrival. I recall it being just after 1pm, the allotted ceremony time. Not bad, I thought given our tardy departure.
More photos ensued. I did my bride’s train duty, whilst the omnipresent Zoe continued where she left off 30 minutes or so earlier back in Newquay.
Following the customary pause to gather thoughts and composure, the bridal party entered the church and Danielle and Dave’s life changing appointment got underway.
During the ceremony, Mike from the Cornish Ice Cream Trike (that rhymes) was busying himself ready for service.
The bells pealed to formally announce the imminent arrival of the newly appointed Mr. and Mrs. Rimmer and Mike the Trike’s customers.
Ben and Sarah were snapping away from different vantage points as everyone spilled out of the church into the warm sunshine. The happy newlyweds, awash with congratulations, eventually made for the ice cream trike, swiftly followed by their guests.
A few cornets later Mr & Mrs, along with their wedding-folk, filed through the Lychgate for a number of poses with a topless Lily.
‘Champers’ was ceremoniously served by yours truly, before setting off with bride and groom upstanding, sipping and waving as we chugged away at walking pace from the church.
Before finally delivering Danielle and Dave back to the Glendorgal in Newquay for their reception we did, as planned, find time for a lovely photo session on magical Porth beach, just a pebble’s throw from the hotel.
A truly wonderful and memorable day was clearly had by everyone.
Our best wishes go to a beautiful couple x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry leisure unless otherwise stated.
Our thanks goes to Ben Selway who just recently sent in these two lovely pictures…