Last Sunday we were back on home turf for the wedding of Caroline and Lee in the beautiful setting of the Carbis Bay Hotel.

The weather forecast had consistently warned us of gale force winds and torrential rain during the afternoon so we were armed with umbrellas and waterproofs, and ready to put our wet-weather plan into action. Which is basically as follows: A: work twice as hard during any dry spells to make the most of any time outside; B: find the best spots inside for Bride & Groom and group photos; and C: get as wet as necessary if the Bride and Groom want to go to the beach in the rain (which they did!).

So we watched the weather all morning, awaiting the worst, but at midday – still pretty good, some sunshine, not too windy. And so it continued throughout the afternoon, and luckily for Caroline and Lee the weather forecasters had one of their most spectacularly bad days, while we enjoyed a pleasant September afternoon.

The day went like a dream. The bride looked stunning in her full-length ivory gown, attended by Lucy, Louise & Rose, who I think were wearing ‘nude’ dresses. I would have googled that, but wasn’t sure what I might find. The fourth bridesmaid was Lee’s daughter, Laurel, who loved the whole day, although was a bit upset that the first dance wasn’t reserved for her.

Given the impending (but absent) downpour, we used part A of our wet-weather plan to the full, doing some group photos on the lawns before anyone even had a drink (sorry!) and then heading to the beach with the Bridal Party and Lee’s two Best Men, Shain and Paul. At one point we thought we felt the first of the rain and were ready for a quick dash back to the hotel, but it came to nothing, and we were able to stroll back in good time for more drinks before the wedding breakfast.

After a break for our own refreshments (we’re so close we managed to go home for a couple of hours) we returned for the evening. By this time the promised rain had finally arrived, but nobody cared about that. The evening entertainment was provided by the Serious Hat Band ( who not only sounded great, but had the coolest T-shirts describing their role in the band: Sings, Slaps, Drums and Plonks. We felt a bit sorry for Plonks.

By now, Caroline and Lee will be relaxing on their honeymoon in Aruba. They were determined to stay email and internet-free, but we hope they break the rule to take a look at their first photos of the day. We hope they love them. With our best wishes to Mr & Mrs Smith, love Dawn & David xx