Last Wednesday we were privileged to join a very exclusive group of just 10 close family members at the wedding celebration of Julie & Bobby at the St Ives Harbour Hotel. We have always loved small, intimate weddings and this one was no exception. It was especially nice that Julie’s brother acted as Bobby’s Best Man, and her sister-in-law was Bridesmaid. From Bobby’s side, mum, sister and her family had all flown in from their home in New York specially for the event.
Unusually, we had only met the Groom the day before the wedding, as he was unable to make the trip when we first met Julie. Luckily he trusted her with choosing not only the photographers but also the venue, and his first impressions (of both) thankfully seemed extremely positive.
Upon arriving at the hotel we found Julie slightly distressed that the room she had to get ready in wasn’t large enough for the photos she desperately wanted in the wedding gown before departing for the ceremony. Luckily, Bliss the event co-ordinator, managed to find us a room that had just been vacated and cleaned, so we relocated the happy bride, blissfully unaware that the Groom was with his sister and family just two doors away! Thanks to a tip-off we ensured no unplanned meetings occurred, and an hour or so later safely delivered Julie to her slightly tearful Groom without a hitch.
The cool thing about small Cornish weddings is that there is no need to follow a traditional pattern for the day, and Julie’s plans for her perfect day followed her own template. So, after some drinks and canapés (and photos) on the terrace we moved inside for the cutting of the cake and some informal speeches – firstly from the Bride, followed by some unplanned words of thanks from the Groom, and then a rather nervous father of the Bride. He surprised Julie with a gift he’d kept for thirty years for this day – a shoe crafted in clay by the two of them on a family holiday in Cornwall when she was just a young child. Cue the tears.
We then headed off with the Bride & Groom for a short drive to The Island and a walk up to St Nicholas Chapel, where we were surprised by the strength of the westerly we’d been mercifully sheltered from at the hotel. Although the weather had been pretty fair all day, it obviously chose that moment to throw a lovely dose of Cornish mizzle in with the wind. Luckily it lasted only a few minutes, by which time we were ready to return a very windblown couple for their afternoon barbecue, which they kindly invited us to dig in to. We dutifully obliged!
To finish our day we headed down to Porthminster Beach with the rest of the party, much to the delight of Julie & Bobby’s young nephews. Julie decided to take a paddle with her mum, who promptly ended up on her bottom in some very wet sand! After heading back to the hotel we left the family to enjoy the rest of the day, although the young ones had burned off so much energy throughout the day we weren’t sure they would last much longer.
Here are our first images from the day. We hope Julie & Bobby love them, and enjoy showing the rest of their family and friends what they missed at a big party at home in Manchester this weekend. Enjoy the party, and enjoy your married life. With love, Dawn & David xx