Chris and Claire’s wedding at the Waterfront Bar, Polzeath, on Saturday 12th October 2013 with Lily.
An overcast start progressively gave way to lovely dry day, sprinkled with lashings of golden autumnal sunshine – perfect wedding weather by any standard!
Lily and Lola were to go their separate ways, both spreading their own imitable style of wedding day magic across the north Cornish coast – Polzeath and Padstow respectively.
Whilst Chauffeur Steff busied himself for a Padstow departure in ‘Showgirl’ Lola, I, Chauffeur Bob, was well underway gently chugging the Atlantic Highway in our ‘Party Girl’ Lily.
Pre-nuptial briefings and the subsequent scouring of reconnaissance photo’s led me to believe that the bridal boudoir would necessitate some tracking down with some ‘off-roading’ thrown in for good measure.
A ‘mish-mash’ of general news stories made the front pages the day that Chris and Claire 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 – Claire and Chris create their own family history by becoming Mr. and Mrs. Audsley…
Back in Polzeath; my deliberate early departure from Strawberry Leisure HQ saw me parked-up with Lily well ahead of schedule, munching away on my packed lunch somewhere in the vicinity of Claire’s hideout.
I was contemplating going on a walkabouts ‘reccy’, post cheese and pickle, when a car pulled alongside. Fortuitously it was Claire’s dad, Kev, who happening upon us, led us to the doorstep. It was just as well!
A hidden coastal gem, nicely tucked away a quarter of mile off the beaten track, twisting and turning down lanes fit to grace any Land Rover assault course.
Writing this blog a few weeks later, I remain indebted to my chance encounter with Kev who led the way. Unaided, I doubt whether I would have ever found it. I’d wager that even the ‘Tax Man’ would have difficulty, and that’s saying something!
Upon arrival, chief picture taker, John Carter was busy applying his art as Claire’s lovely bridesmaids posed in and around the coastal boudoir and of course Lily.
We had planned two trips to the ceremony venue at the beachside ‘Waterfront Bar’ in downtown Polzeath. First to brave the assault course in a topless Lily were excited bridesmaids Vicky, Ursula, Joanne and Sally.
A party atmosphere erupted, as we shook rattled and rolled our way carefully back onto the main road and the short but blissful roll thereafter down the hill
and up to the bar’s entrance.
The ladies gracefully alighted, posed for a few snaps and disappeared inside whilst I donned crampons and headed back off-road to the place of smoking tongs!
Although the bridal party were by now running a trifle late (trifle = circa 15 minutes), on my return I was able to relay a reassuring message that the Registrar was late arriving at the venue – so no need to worry.
Lorna and Kev, Claire’s proud mum and dad, joined Claire and Flower Girl, Abigail for our final bumpy chug down to the Waterfront Bar. ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ came on Lily’s sound system and I recall Claire saying that this was their special song. “How did you know?” said an excited and somewhat moved bride!
With Claire now safely in the hands of the Registrar for those all-important pre-nuptial formalities, Lily soon started to pull her own audience of holidaymakers and passersby. Goodness knows how many times we got snapped.
In all about two hours or so passed before the newly appointed Mr. and Mrs. Audsley emerged outside, along with their entourage of wedding-folk.
Flanked by their guests and photographer, John Carter, the happy couple made their way across the road and onto the beach. In glorious sunshine a wonderfully fun celebratory frolic ensued, diligently captured and at times, choreographed, by John Carter.
Meanwhile as planned, I drove Lily over onto the sand, prepared the ‘champers’ and music.
Sometime later Claire and Chris made their way over to an awaiting Lily via what turned out to be an ankle deep in water shortcut!
Mr. Audsley was quick off the mark to carry out his first marital duty by affectionately drying and dusting-down his wife’s feet with one of Lily’s fluffy white towels. The champers flowed as a few final beautiful and memorable poses were recorded in and around Lily.
The sun had just started to fade as we finally chugged the short distance back to the Waterside Bar, where no doubt celebrations continued, long after I had returned Lily to HQ and tucked her up for the night!
Our very best wishes go to a lovely couple – thank you for letting us share in your beautiful day x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.