Last Saturday we joined Bride Kerry and her Groom Liam – otherwise known as Foxy – as they tied the knot at the Harbour Hotel in St Ives. It was a cool mid-September day on the Cornish coast, but the forecast rain stayed away and allowed the party to enjoy the views from the hotel terrace, and the beach later on in the day.
Kerry was resplendent in her curlers as we arrived an hour or so before the ceremony, assisted by her four bridesmaids – Maid of Honour Laura, pregnant friend Charlotte plus sisters Tammie & Hayley. Not forgetting Kerry & Liam’s three-year old daughter and flower girl, Summer, who – for the most part – was remaining happy and excited. The happiness evaporated briefly as she had her long hair drawn up into a bun, but soon returned when grandad arrived to comfort her.
Just a few minutes after the scheduled time of 2pm Kerry arrived for the ceremony on the arm of father, Ross, to be greeted by over 80 family and friends, nearly all of whom had made the journey down from Birmingham to help the couple celebrate. For many it was their first visit to St Ives, and it’s always lovely to see their reaction to our beautiful home town (especially when the sun makes an appearance).
After some drinks and a few group photos we ventured down to Porthminster Beach, where the cool wind was bringing the temperature down, and sisters Tammie & Hayley were wrapped up in coats in between photos. Our Bride braved it smilingly, though, with only the adrenalin of the day to keep her warm. Back in the hotel the speeches preceded the wedding breakfast – an increasingly popular trend these days to allow the speakers to enjoy their food after the ordeal! On this occasion there was a slight break in tradition as Maid of Honour Laura joined Best Man Craig in paying tribute to the Bride and Groom.
Into the evening the rain came down, keeping the party indoors, but nobody was concerned about that. After cutting the cake, which had just about survived its journey from the Midlands, and the newly-weds’ first dance, Kerry’s bouquet was thrown to “All the Single Ladies”. After a brief scramble it was retrieved by Maid of Honour Laura – but on condition it was promptly given back to the Bride, who wanted it as a memento of her day. We hope these first photos will also be a treasured memento of a lovely day. In a week’s time the couple will be celebrating all over again at home in Birmingham with even more friends, and a couple of weeks after that go away on their honeymoon, so this wedding is not nearly over yet. Make the most of every moment, Kerry & Foxy, and embark upon your married life with our love and best wishes. Dawn & David xx