After twelve years and 41 weddings together, wedding number 42 was the big one for Lucy & Steven as they became Mr & Mrs ‘Wellivans” last Sunday. And many of the friends whose weddings they had attended were there at the St Ives Harbour Hotel to support them on their big day.

When we met Lucy & Steven for an engagement shoot back in April they stressed how much they wanted their wedding day to be stripped of many of the usual formalities and traditions, and they certainly stuck to their guns. Steven wasn’t attended by a Best Man or Ushers, the Groom casually wandered into the Bridal suite while Lucy was getting ready, and the Bride & Groom walked down the aisle together having set eyes on one another in private at the bottom of the stairs. Steven’s father was recently taken ill and was unfortunately unable to attend the wedding in person, so Steven’s brother Martin made sure he didn’t miss out by connecting him to the ceremony on FaceTime. Lucy & Steven would have been unaware, until they were able to see him and share a few moments with him after signing the register.

The sun shone relentlessly through the day on the warmest and sunniest August Bank Holiday weekend in living memory, and with Lucy’s fair complexion we were grateful for the natural shade provided on the terraces of the hotel as the group partied through the afternoon with the selection of attractions and games provided.

The couple’s different approach continued at the wedding breakfast, with no ‘top table’, and the usual three speeches replaced by one speech by the Groom, plus a touching tribute to her new husband by the bride, Lucy. After the necessary thank yous, Steven’s speech focused on his bride, shamelessly stealing the lyrics of many well-known songs to make his point, including some memorable words by the one and only Mr Rick Astley. After some fun and games on the beach in the early evening the party kicked off proper, initiated by the cutting of the cake. But no ordinary cake – this was a work of art by The Allotment Deli from St Ives, a magnificent creation constructed from local Cornish cheeses – Yarg, Cornish Blue & Cornish Brie amongst others. After the couple’s first dance the music was provided by local four-piece Hitpinch, and they certainly know how to work a crowd.

As we left and said our goodbyes we were touched by Lucy’s & Steven’s thanks for our work during the day, and we are confident we’ve made yet more friends who we’ll be able to catch up with during their frequent visits to St Ives for their home in Nottinghamshire. We hope they enjoy these first images from the day as they resume their daily routines, now as Mr & Mrs Wellivans. With love, Dawn & David xx