The wedding of Rose Wiltshire and Alan Beattie at Carnglaze Caverns, Liskeard on Saturday 29th March 2014 with ‘Showgirl’ Lola
You may be forgiven for thinking that weddings are routine to us chauffeurs. After all, we have attended quite a few over the years! In a way though, there’s a small element of truth to that belief. Nonetheless, we know very well not to become complacent because you never know what’s around the corner.
Today was Rose and Alan’s special day and what an interesting day it turned out to be, writes Chauffeur Steff…
My first destination in Lola was Tresillian near Truro to collect the groom; Alan, his best man; Andy and groomsman; Alan’s son Cayden.
Our onward journey to the wedding venue was a considerable chug away – the Carnglaze Caverns near Liskeard. To help ‘oil the wheels’ so to speak, Al produced his favourite CD and with the volume cranked up, I opened Lola’s throttle in a bold attempt to reach a blistering 40mph as we hit the highway!
Lola accepted her highway challenge and within no time at all (well about 15 minutes) we did manage an impressive 38mph. The roads were clear in front of us but I couldn’t say the same about the ever-growing queue of motorists behind! It must have come as a great relief to everyone stuck behind us when we eventually negotiated our turn off the main road and made our final approach to Carnglaze Caverns.
With ‘the boys’ safely delivered, I set off to find the bridal boudoir where Rose and her bridesmaids; Amy, Kathy, Vicci and Alisha would no doubt be in the final throws of preparation and gripped with nervous excitement.
Fortunately, I’d factored in extra time because all the indicators suggested that the address would be difficult to find. It wasn’t to disappoint… The satnav took me to another valley, the phone had no signal, the map references didn’t match and to top it all, the only houses around for miles (all three of them) were empty. The only living souls I could find to ask directions were sheep and bison. You could say with the clock counting down, I was in a bit of a fix!
It was time to scrap technology and get back to basics. With only a map and a good sense of direction, I started to eliminate the various country lanes until I found a map reference. From there on in I was able to work out the correct direction to rendezvous with the girls and thankfully arrived with a couple of minutes to spare!
The girls were very sympathetic about my epic journey over the moors and laughed at me all the way to the ceremony – oh and they sang, a lot. In fact we had a great time driving through the villages and honking Lola’s Klaxon.
We arrived at Carnglaze Caverns in good time and in high spirits. The guests were already ensconced in the caves, as Rose’s father; Richard, proudly escorted his daughter down the garden path and through the cave’s entrance. The ceremony was well and truly underway.
I must admit that I was impressed by the fantastic hospitality on offer. Everyone was waited on hand and foot. The reception was also held in the grounds and a local male voice choir sang local folk songs to the guests all afternoon and through until the early evening.
Despite some challenging logistics, I’d successfully attended my very first cave wedding and left feeling proud that Lola delivered what was asked of her and more with aplomb!
My very best wishes go to a smashing couple x
All photographs taken by Strawberry Leisure unless otherwise stated.