Lucy and Ryan’s wedding at St Mawes Castle on Saturday 7th December 2013 with Lulu
It was down to our radiant beauty Lulu to spread her own imitable brand of magic across the Roseland Peninsula for our final wedding of 2013.
A quick scan through our very popular wedding blogs, bear testimony to what a simply fabulous and deeply rewarding, busy year it has been.
There is nothing more gratifying than being inundated with letters and thank you cards from happy couples and their families… this really is the best job in the world!
Lucy and Ryan’s beautiful occasion was certainly no exception; December weather better than anyone could have wished for, vistas to die for, a stunning wedding setting and beautiful reception venue. Oh, not forgetting Lulu of course!
Understandably the main story dominating the headlines the week that Lucy and Ryan tied the knot was the passing of Nelson Mandela.
A quick delve into the annals of history reveal a of lexicon landmark events, far too many to list. However, here are just a few factoids from this day in history:
1877 – Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
1960 – First episode of Coronation Street is broadcast
1995 – Galileo spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter
2013 – Lucy and Ryan become Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton…
And so we move to matters matrimonial, taking place on the Duchy’s peaceful and beautiful Roseland peninsula – St Mawes to be exact.
Our exact journey time to St Mawes from HQ is somewhat indeterminate – dependent not only on traffic of course but also catching the King Harry Ferry.
Established in 1888, the picturesque ferry crossing connects Feock with the Roseland peninsula, shaving something in the region of 27 miles off the journey by road.
As always, Lulu’s appearance on the ferry caused quite a stir as we made our way across, writes Chauffeur Bob…
The friendly ferryman relieved us of our return fare whilst at the same time eyeing-up Lulu – other cars emptied as the cameras came out and I quickly found myself fielding questions and posing throughout the brief crossing.
Twenty minutes or so later we were parked-up on the outskirts of St Mawes, just half a mile or so from our pick-up address. Out came the dusters, followed by my cheese and pickle, lovingly prepared by Mrs. Chauffeur Bob.
A couple of munches later and two King Harry Coaches came alongside, apparently en-route to collect Lucy and Ryan’s guests from the Idle Rocks Hotel before storming the castle.
Photograph courtesy Idle Rocks Hotel.
We had a quick chat about; you guessed it, weddings.
The ‘classic’ coaches eventually departed as I rolled Lulu the final half a mile downhill to rendezvous with Lucy.
Although arriving well ahead of schedule at, it must be said, a particularly peaceful waterside bridal boudoir, I was amazed to see Lucy ready and raring to go – composed but unmistakably excited!
Introductions ensued, starting with Step-dad, Roger and mum, Caroline – everyone clearly delighted with Lulu.
Soon after, Charles Francis, the couple’s professional photographer for the day arrived. He immediately set about capturing those special pre-nuptial moments, first inside then outside and finally just before our departure, in and around Lulu – I tried to keep up with my pocket sized blogging Box Brownie.
Mum, Caroline and Step-dad, Roger joined Lucy for our lovely, sunlit short trip through the village, past the harbour and up the hill to the castle.
Charles had raced ahead and was there, camera poised and waiting as we made our final approach.
Lulu’s VIP’s alighted at the top of the steps leading down to King Henry the VIII’s fortress and gracefully navigated the steps to the entrance, where they were warmly greeted by Loraine Matthews of English Heritage and Rowan from the Idle Rocks Hotel.
Once inside, Lucy would have been whisked away for a customary pre-nuptial ‘tete-a-tete’ with the Registrar.
Lucy’s life changing and immaculately planned appointment with Ryan was well and truly underway!
The King Harry chaps went for a stroll into downtown St Mawes in pursuit of a ‘cuppa’ whilst I remained with Lulu, who continued where she left off on the ferry by flirting with passersby, all eager to chat and get a photo.
I sensed the ceremony and post-nuptial nibbles and drinkies down in the castle were going down a storm. The two or so hours since arriving seemed to whizz by.
It was 4.20 or thereabouts and the light quickly ebbing away when Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton emerged from the castle.
Their honoured guests preceded the newly weds appearance by 15 minutes, many pausing for a snap with Lulu before boarding their awaiting coaches and being transported to the nearby reception venue under the diligent auspices of Rowan.
Charles managed to squeeze the last drop of ambient light out of the setting to grab a number of memorable poses, whilst I dutifully popped the champers and poured.
You can’t beat a Chauffeur Bob joke!
It was 4.55 precisely when we finally set off in darkness back down past the harbour and onto the adjacent Idle Rocks Hotel.
Outside the Idle Rocks Hotel
Heightened by the importance of the occasion, I couldn’t help thinking how resplendently evocative the venue looked, particularly given their flaming patio torches, clearly visible throughout our approach.
We said our goodbyes and left a lovely couple to their awaiting guests and no doubt a beautiful evening of celebration.
Lulu making her way back home on the festively decorated King Harry Ferry
A honeymoon in Antigua beckons for Lucy and Ryan – our very best wishes go with them x.
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.
On the 2nd January (2014) we received this lovely message from Lucy and Ryan…