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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

An amazing Cornish wedding

We went to an amazing wedding in Cornwall at the weekend. The groom is a good friend, and colleague of Mr A who goes back to our Brighton days. The bride, one of the self-titled WAGS, the gang of gorgeous girls I befriended when we all found ourselves following our other halves to new lives in Nottingham a few year’s back. They are a lovely couple, the sort of people you would happily drive to the end of the UK for, which is lucky, as that is what we did.

The shot above was taken much later on in the evening, so let me walk you through the wedding. The setting was Coverack, a beautiful village on the Lizard Coast, just over 30 miles from Land’s End…

This is the view from the tiny church where the ceremony took place….

Here is the tiny church itself…

Which even gave out little cloth bags of toys and pens to keep little ones quiet…(sorry Mr G but all the pictures where you are smiling, I look terrible, and it is rare we see a picture of me)

I cried three times in the ceremony, when a hymn that reminded me of my school days came up, when a letter from the bride’s mother, who is no longer with us, was read, and when the groom’s daughter played the Ukele and sang Buddy Holly’s Rollercoaster. But I smiled an awful lot too, and laughed and held tight to Mr A’s hand, as married couples do. It was a really moving and special ceremony.

Then we stepped out into the hottest summer in a decade…

The newly weds made their way along the seafront…
We’d bribed the kids to sit still in the church, with the promise of seashells and ice cream for L…

And a pirate costume and spade for G…So while the happy couple had their picture taken in the sea, L and G played on the beach digging and looking in rockpools….The reception was at Love Lane, a vintage caravan park where many of the guests stayed in old buses, caravans and shepherd’s huts, or camped in tents like us.The marquee was stunning, rustic benches and chairs decorated with bunting, flowers and trinkets…

Here’s my place…

The kids had a teenage babysitter on their table, who they all felt was wonderful, (as did we). We brought along some craft materials and the kids had a fun time making feather headdresses and playing tig in the fields. 

They also spent lots of time swinging on a swing big enough for 2, or even three children, and made lots of friends.

Pudding was a bake off, so a whole host of utterly awesome cakes. The disco went on into the early hours. The following morning I had leftover cake and lemonade for breakfast with a collection of feral children, and lazed on the sofa in the corner of the marquee while the kids foraged for left behind corks, feathers and trinkets.

We camped for 3 nights. I thought the whole weekend was a really special gift to all who took part. Here’s to Mr and Mrs P!

That first shot, I should show you behind the scenes, it was all achieved with coloured flares. That’s the amazing official photographer, Camera Hannah.

Visiting Coverack/Love Lane/Cornwall

Love Lane is an amazing place to visit. It is right next to Roskilly’s Ice cream farm so a five minute walk to delicious organic ice cream and lovely food if you can’t be bothered to cook. There are also nature walks, animals to pet, milking of cows to watch and a shop. Love Lane is so peaceful yet quirky, 7-8 completely individual ‘caravans’ arranged in a circle, with a fire pit. The toilet and shower block deserves a mention, it had fresh flowers, antique mirrors and even a roll top bath.We even had time to potter in Coverack on the morning of the wedding and find my dream home…

We ate in the Lifeboat House fish and ship shop, which the Times voted its number one place to eat fish and chips.

We packed a lot into one weekend. So now you see why I am a bit gutted to be home.

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