Debbie and Ben’s wedding at St Saviour Church, Trevone on Saturday 12th October 2013 with ‘Showgirl’ Lola
An overcast start progressively gave way to lovely dry day, sprinkled with lashings of golden autumnal sunshine – perfect wedding weather by any standard!
Lola and Lily were to go their separate ways but both spreading their own imitable style of wedding day magic across the north Cornish coast – Padstow and Polzeath respectively.
Whilst Chauffeur Bob was already well underway heading towards Polzeath in Lily, back here at HQ, Chauffeur Steff was busy making his last minute departure preparations for Padstow in Lola.
A ‘mish-mash’ of general news stories made the front pages the day that Debbie and Ben tied the knot. These ranged from forecasts of the worst winter weather for decades to Britain and Germany colluding in a secret pact to defy EU laws. In other words, nothing of historic landmark proportions!
A brief delve into the annals of history did however, reveal a few interesting factoids from the 12th October…
1216 – King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge.
1492 – Christopher Columbus arrives in the Americas. Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the occasion with a national holiday – ‘Columbus Day’.
1823 – Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
2013 – Debbie and Ben create their own family history by becoming Mr. and Mrs. Allen…
Chauffeur Steff’s report follows:
This was my last scheduled wedding of the 2013 season and what a wedding to go out with… today was Ben and Debbie’s special day.
Ben and the boys had an apartment booked just a few hundred yards away from the church and just a few feet from the beach in a tiny village called Trevone.
Trevone (just outside of Padstow) was made famous in 2007 when it was used as the setting for the Renault Clio Ripcurl advert, featuring two surfers contemplating going into the sea.
That seemed fitting, as upon my arrival I learned that Ben, his Best Man Toby and Ushers Toby (yes two Toby’s), Alex and James had all tried their hands at surfing early that morning despite feeling rather delicate from the night before.
As the church was so close, the guys had a lot more time to get ready than normal, so I was able to sneak across to the other side of the village to check out the whereabouts of Debbie and her Bridesmaids.
Debbie and the bridal party were booked into a luxury hill top apartment overlooking the bay and were also only a few hundred feet from the church.
With both locations found, I made my way back to my first location where Ben and the boys were eagerly waiting. I quickly turned Lola around to face the right direction, everyone climbed aboard and we were soon underway – first gear, second… oh we’re here already!
The boys jumped out and posed for a few photos and I turned Lola around and headed off to rendezvous with Debbie back at the bridal boudoir.
A number of guests and Bridesmaids (Amy, Jo, Mary and Cath) including Debbie’s mum, Alison, all enjoyed the quick chug to the church in Lola before finally returning for Debbie and her proud dad, Andy.
With everyone now safely delivered to the church and the ceremony well underway, I set about doing the usual cleaning and polishing routine, only to be interrupted by the sound of a trumpet. I didn’t think much about it at first but the volume got louder and seemed to be coming from within the church.
Well, curiosity got the better of me. I put down my polishing cloth, walked up the steps to the entrance of the church and was astonished to see the best man playing a trumpet. The Paige Boys held up cue cards and the entire wedding party burst into song; ‘Love is all around’, as featured in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral – how cool was that!
Ben and Debbie became Mr. and Mrs. Allen and following the customary post nuptial formalities, everyone poured out of the church spilling onto the street below.
With an arsenal of confetti poised for action, the newlyweds made their way through a sea of colour as canon after canon of confetti exploded over their heads.
Professional photographer Ashley Hampson was popping up here, there and everywhere, diligently capturing all of the key moments.
With flashguns firing away, Ben and Debbie boarded Lola for a quick photo shoot down at the nearby beach before finally joining their guests for the reception in a purposely erected marquee, just yards from the St Saviour’s church.
Our congratulations and best wishes go to a lovely couple x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.