Last Saturday we had the pleasure of joining Fleur & Tom and 70 or so of their family and friends for their special day. They had travelled down from their home in Herefordshire for the celebrations, although Fleur’s family are all from Cornwall, so it was a home game for half of the congregation.
We joined Fleur and her bridesmaids – sister Maia, cousins Nikkita & Zoe and best friend from work, Tilly – at her Gran’s house in Hayle, where a close family friend had been working on hair for many hours. One by one the girls emerged looking stunning in their full length duck egg blue gowns. As is usually the case, time was flying by so we just had time for some shots of the bridesmaids and then the beautiful bride with Mum (Teresa) and Dad (David) before hot-footing it over to Hellesveor Methodist Church on the outskirts of St Ives. Any travelling around Cornwall in the middle of the summer holidays can be a bit fraught, so we were keen not to arrive late and hold things up. The saving grace was that we knew the bridal party would be ten minutes behind us!
Pastor Kenny led the service after the bride made her entrance bang on time, and half an hour or so later the happy couple emerged as Mr & Mrs Maxwell. While the congregation made their way out of the church we had a couple of minutes to recreate a photo taken many years earlier of Teresa and David on their own wedding day in the same place. We haven’t seen the original, so we hope it matches up!
After some photos of the bride and groom with their attendants and close family members we took the 20 minute return drive to Hayle for the reception at Rosewarne Manor – a country restaurant with large open grounds. Although the sun stubbornly refused to emerge from behind the clouds, it was dry, still and warm, enabling the guests to mingle and play in the gardens before heading inside for the speeches and wedding breakfast. We particularly enjoyed brother Adam’s Best Man speech, quoting many funny incidents from Tom’s secret diary, naming and shaming the participants in various situations Tom had encountered over the years.
Before the evening guests arrived we took the chance to escape for an hour and take the ten-minute drive over to Gwithian Towans for a stroll through the dunes and along the coast path, which Fleur insisted on doing very impressively in her heels! Then it was back for the evening, initially stopping by the ice cream van provided by the famous Mr B’s parlour in Hayle. The guests all had plenty of time for various games of skittles, croquet or beer pong before heading in for the cake-cutting and first dance. After raiding the buffet (with the bride’s permission, of course) for some much-needed sustenance, we said our farewells and left them to party.
This was one of those days where everything just clicked into place and ran like clockwork, which is always the result of lots of hard work and good planning, the credit for which was all Fleur’s according to the Groom’s speech. Congratulations, Fleur & Tom, we hope you enjoyed your day and we wish you may years of wedded bliss together. With love, Dawn & David xx