Pippa and Anthony heard that it can be bad luck for a couple not to have any rain on their wedding day. In that case this lovely couple must be luckier than most, because boy, did they have some rain! It was last Saturday, and after nervously watching as the weather forecast for the day became steadily worse throughout the week, we had the washout promised. It’s days like these that can be the most testing for us wedding photographers – staying flexible throughout the day to change our best-laid plans whilst remaining positive to ensure the bride and groom still make the most of their special day. In our experience – and despite always hoping for sun – the rain rarely dampens the spirits or the joy of the day, and we usually manage to get some quite cool photos!

At the start of the day the weather held up quite well, and we even had some bright sunshine breaking through as the beautiful bride showed off her stunning ivory gown in the bridal suite with her four bridesmaids, mum Ruth and flower girl Olivia – Anthony’s amazingly grown-up eight-year old daughter. With around 40 guests to ferry to St Ia Church for the ceremony, Pippa and Anthony had hired the full fleet of cream VW campers from Strawberry Leisure, and as they each took van-loads of guests down, so the crowd outside the church got bigger and bigger. By the time the bride arrived in Lola with her father we had a scene out of Hello magazine, with both Pippa and father, Ian, waving to the excited throng (many of whom were from an Italian coach tour!).

By the time Mr & Mrs Snoddy emerged from the church the rain had set in, and after a quick attempt to throw some confetti under a plethora of umbrellas we decided to allow the guests to make their way back to the Harbour Hotel, while we persevered with our plan to take the Bride & Groom to The Island for some photos. At this point we have to thank Roger, driver of Lola, for playing along with our games, and being chief umbrella-waller while we tried in vain to keep Pippa & Anthony as dry as possible. The poor guy was soaked!

Back at the hotel we moved inside for the reception, using a combination of the Godrevy Lounge and the covered outside terrace for photos. Unfortunately we had to forego the planned trip to Porthminster Beach for photos after the wedding breakfast – a shame as this is where Anthony proposed to Pippa last November. As the sun went down we had a brief respite from the rain – just long enough for some fresh air before the party started and we left for the evening.

But back to that planned shoot on the beach. We always offer our brides and grooms a ‘wet weather guarantee’ and on this occasion Pippa & Anthony took up our offer. So yesterday they donned their wedding day outfits once more and we headed to Porthminster for a complimentary photoshoot – and this time in glorious autumn sunshine. Most of the guests had by this time headed back home, so we just had a quiet hour with Pippa and Anthony, joined by Pippa’s parents for company. It was lovely to enjoy some relaxed time together and give them some more memories to treasure.

We hope that our first photos manage to convey the joy of the day. It just goes to show that, try as it may, the weather never really spoils a wedding day in St Ives. Tomorrow Pippa & Anthony will be heading back to start their married life. Although Anthony publicly apologised to Pippa for saddling her with his surname, we think she looks pretty happy with it. Thank you for allowing us to share your day and we hope you love the photos. Lots of love, Dawn & David xx