Samantha and Rob’s wedding at Hotel Victoria, Newquay, on Saturday 7th September 2013 with ‘party-girl’ Lily.
Weather wise, the summer of 2013 will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the finest for some time. How much longer can it hold out we are all wondering.
Making the front pages the day that Samantha and Rob tied the knot featured the break in at a certain SW1A 1AA address, otherwise known as Buckingham Palace. Apparently, two chaps have now been arrested, one of which managed to breach Palace security.
The last chap was a certain Michael Fagan back in 1982, who woke Her Majesty whilst in bed to ask “Have you got a cigarette Ma’am?”
On this very same day in history…
1813 – The United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.
1936 – Buddy Holly is born
1940 – The Blitz begins when the German Air Force unleashes a wave of heavy bombing raids on London
Back to today’s history in the making and it was ‘chocks away’ at 07.30 hours for Lily who was fuelled, raring to go and patiently awaiting her chauffeur on the apron here at Strawberry leisure HQ. The scramble call was unusually early this morning as our first pick-up sortie was timed for 08.30 hours, where ‘the boys’ would be on lookout duty at their Shortlanesend ‘boudoir’…
Lily chugged to a halt outside just before the allotted pick-up time. A maneuver that sent the neighbourhood curtains twitching.
I (Chauffeur Bob) rattled on the door to announce our arrival and state of readiness.
Five very smartly dressed chaps, each sporting fushia-pink ties and matching pocket hankies quickly rallied around Lily for a few departures snaps.
Joining Rob the groom, we had best man Dave along with ushers Matt, Ben and another Rob.
Thirty-five minutes or so later ‘the boys’ were lining up by the side of Lily for pictures outside the Hotel Victoria, in the county’s surfing principality.
As the men set about their pre-nuptial duties and readied themselves to start receiving the first wave of guests, I turned Lily around and headed back in the direction we had just come from.
Our destination this time around however was the bridal boudoir in downtown Threemilestone.
I could almost sense the smoking tongs and a heightening of excitement as we pulled into the Cul-de-sac. Indeed, it was so busy there was no room for Lily on the drive.
It was awash with cars. Perhaps a better phrase would be ‘a rinse’, as Samantha’s support crew was in attendance; hair, make-up, flowers, gowns etc.
Everything quickly fell into place and the family driveway started to empty as weddingfolk and the like zoomed off in a ‘Le Mans’ style start.
Professional photographers in attendance for the day were the popular duo of Marie and Paul from Classic Photographic.
Whilst Paul was busy back in Newquay with the boys, Marie was merrily snapping away as the bridal party emerged and boarded Lily for Samantha’s journey of a lifetime.
Replete with VIP’s and no doubt a few jangling nerves, we set off on a fun filled, hand waving trip to Newquay.
On board we had Samantha and her proud dad, Nick, her mum, Linda, along with bridesmaids Stacey, Kelly and Jen. Samantha’s close friend, Jess, rode shotgun joining me in the front.
We arrived in a respectable time for the 11am ceremony and following a few poses at the main entrance, Samantha was ushered aside for her ‘tete-a-tete’ with the registrar.
It was about 50 minutes afterwards that newly appointed Mr. and Mrs. Tamblyn stepped outside into glorious sunshine, swiftly followed by their many guests, all naturally eager to congratulate the happy newlyweds.
Lily’s appeal was proving infectious and it wasn’t long before everyone corralled around her as Samantha and Rob stepped up for the ‘champers’.
Glasses now charged, we departed in a true blaze of memorable glory for a pre-planned excursion to nearby Porth Beach in a topless Lily.
As well as photographers, Paula and Marie, Videographers Michael and Chris from Barn Media were on active duty – they all followed us and had little difficulty in keeping up with Lily’s lightning pace!
For the first time in visiting Porth beach on many occasions in the past, a rather high sand ledge had developed right across the threshold onto the beach car park.
We decided that it was too high for Lily to negotiate, so rather than get stranded on such an important day we decided to reverse away and park on terra firma!
What ensued thereafter was a simply wonderfully fun and memorable photo and video session – it certainly gave holidaymakers an unexpected entertaining matinee as well!
We returned an elated Mr. and Mrs. to Hotel Victoria sometime later to their awaiting guests.
The party was really starting to get in full swing as many guests took turns to pose in and around Lily, dancing away to the music playing away on her sound system.
A magical, heady atmosphere permeated the ether, buoyed by the balmy late summer sunshine.
It was at this stage that a couple of familiar faces appeared on the scene. Amongst their guest list were Rebecca and Steve, who also used Lily for their wedding in Feock on Sunday 10th June 2012. It was lovely to catch up with them again.
Incidentally, you can also see their wedding day blog by going to
Congratulations to a beautiful couple. A honeymoon in California beckons and our very best wishes go with them x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.
A lovely note has just been posted on our Facebook page from Samantha and Rob. It reads…
To Bob, Kate and of course the star of the show Lily at Strawberry Leisure!
We just wanted to say the biggest thank you for being so amazing on our wedding day on SAT 7th Sept myself and my new husband had so much fun with Lily and I knoweveryone else did too. Thanks so much for the piccies and the blog too, it’s fab and will be forever cherished with the rest of our wedding day memories! Bob you were awesome on the day and in the run up to it- so helpful and you really did add that extra sparkle thanks again,