Wednesday 29th May 2019 was the date of the long awaited merger of the Rushworth and Symonds families, and what a joy it was to be there with them. The wedding, held at the stunning St Ives Harbour Hotel, was two and a half years in the planning, and boy, did it show. Every last detail had been meticulously planned and executed by Alison and Andrew, from the colour co-ordination of the outfits to the mini jars of sand collected by hand from Porthminster Beach for each of the 20 guests.
When we met Alison and Andrew a couple of days before the wedding for our final run-through of the day, Alison had commented on how chilled she felt, and how the whole wedding-thing hadn’t really sunk in. The fact that she has been holidaying in St Ives with her family every year since she was a toddler made it feel like any other holiday. But when we arrived in the Bridal suite an hour or so before the ceremony, it had certainly sunk in! By the time she emerged from her room in her gorgeous wedding gown everyone was reaching for the tissues, not least the proud father of the bride, Alan.
Down in the Harbour Suite, Groom Andrew wasn’t faring much better. As each of the bridesmaids entered so the anticipation grew. First, maid of honour and sister of the bride, Suzanne, then her daughter Abigail with Andrew’s daughter Georgia, and finally Alison’s two daughters, Amelia & Olivia. By the time Alison and her father reached him, accompanied by Ellie Goulding’s How long will I love you?, it was clear this was going to be a tear-jerker.
By the time the registrar pronounced them Man and Wife, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, such was the love felt by everyone for this lovely couple. After a brief stop for drinks, canapés and some group photos, we headed off to The Island with Alison, Andrew, their four children and Layla – the latest in the Strawberry Leisure fleet of classic VW vans. Although we nearly all got blown off the Island by a wicked Westerly, the promised rain stayed away and we returned safely in time for the wedding breakfast , preceded by the speeches. After Alan did his father-of-the-bride bit, Andrew surprised everybody by reading – after months of deliberation – a beautiful poem he had penned himself about his love for Alison. Tissues again. His son, Luke, then rounded things off with his Best Man speech before we took a break during the food service.
Moving into the early evening we had the opportunity to head off to the beach for a lovely stroll along the deserted sand, joined by most of the party and Charlie, their beloved pooch (darn, I forgot to check the make and model, but he’s lovely, anyway). Due to the summer dog ban on the St Ives beaches he had to be carried, but he didn’t seem to mind too much, such was his joy at seeing mum and dad.
We finished the evening after the cutting of the cake (amazing as usual from Amanda at Cakes by Design), and the first dance. Tired, but blown away by the friendliness of the Alison & Andrew’s families and friends (we’re definitely moving to Yorkshire if we ever leave Cornwall), we headed home while the party went on.
The big party to celebrate the wedding will be happening this Saturday back in Yorkshire, and we’re sure it will be a fantastic event. Thank you, Mr & Mrs Rushworth-Symonds for asking us to capture your amazing day. We hope you love this first selection of images, and we wish you every happiness for the future. With love, David & Dawn xx