Last Friday we were back in our familiar surroundings of the St Ives Harbour Hotel for the wedding of Hannah and Steve, together with their two lovely little people, Eva and Harrison (aka Harry). When we arrived at the bride’s suite we were greeted by Eva (3, going on 13) in her cool Kimono, looking every inch the star of the show. For the most part Harry also behaved impeccably, with mini Cheddars proving the saviour if he decided to play up. Bridesmaids Olivia (Steve’s niece) and Devon (Hannah’s sis-in-law) were also on hand along with Hannah’s mum when needed. Everything was calm and controlled up there.
Meanwhile, down on the terrace, Royal Navy officer Steve looked resplendent in his ‘number ones’, although that woollen jacket did look exceptionally warm to the rest of us. The 60 or so guests gathered with the Groom and his Best Man (older brother, Mark), enjoying the warm late August sunshine – against the odds, as the forecast was nowhere near this good. One thing we notice about weddings with military personnel is that they always run efficiently, but that is not to suggest that they miss any of the emotion of other weddings. A few minutes after the appointed hour (due to Registrars running slightly late on this occasion), the beautiful bride entered on the arm of her mum following her bridesmaids, and there were tears in plenty of eyes around the room, including the usually implacable Steve. After a beautifully moving poem read by Steve’s mum, the happy couple proceeded through their vows and exchange of rings and at 1.32pm the registrar, Sally, announced that they were now husband and wife.
Most of Steve’s friends have now left the senior service, but he managed to rustle up a couple of serving officers to wield their swords as the bride and groom passed through the arch for the confetti run. The couple were then free to mingle, aided by drinks and canapés while we did what we do and captured the happy moments.
Given the slightly dodgy weather forecast we decided to make the most of the unexpected sunshine and whisked the new Mr & Mrs Blackbourn off to the beach for a break from the mingling and a few moments of quiet reflection. We had contemplated doing the beach shoot in the early evening, but we made the right call to go for it earlier in the day (although against the odds it did stay dry well into the evening). Then it was back to the hotel for the wedding breakfast and a nice break for the photographers.
We returned for the speeches, kicked off by Hannah, who wanted to say her own thank you’s and pay a lovely tribute to her late father, Trevor, who sadly passed away a little while ago. Hannah’s eldest brother then took on the mantle of the father of the bride’s speech, with his own son reading some moving messages from absent family and friends, including Hannah’s sister, Emma, who should have been a bridesmaid but unfortunately couldn’t make it to the wedding from her home in Germany. Steve then followed with a lovely tribute to his new wife, although he did reveal his nervousness about meeting a Cornish girl after their initial online coupling. He knew a lot about her, but the voice was the possible deal-breaker! Luckily, Hannah’s accent bears no resemblance to Demelza Poldark, so there was no looking back. Finally Best Man, Mark, took to the floor to a raucous reception and delivered an 18 minute oratory with flourish. We only know it was 18 minutes because there was a sweepstake running on the length of the speeches and Mark beat all guesses!
With Steve and Hannah now living in Cornwall, more friends were able to join for the evening celebrations. To the dismay of bridesmaid Olivia, there was no cake at this wedding, so after some more mingling on the terrace it was straight on to the first dance. The live band, I Love Amp from Plymouth, then took over. They certainly know how to get the party started, which was our cue to pack up the gear and head home for a nice cuppa!
Thank you to Steve & Hannah for choosing us to record their day. We wish you many years of happiness together. With love, Dawn & David xx