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Vash and Mark at St Euny Church Lelant

The BrideTying the knot is a purely natural process for some couples. They belong together like peaches and cream and you know that when they get married they will really live "happily ever after".

Vash and Mark are one such couple. It was a thrill to be asked to be commissioned as their professional wedding photographer in St Ives.

I met with the couple well over a year in advance, to discuss the initial plans of their big day.

They wanted to hold the service in St Euny Church in Lelant, with the reception in The Carbis Bay Hotel. They did not know what sort of transport they wanted but they had a general idea of how the day would unfold.

The couple lived out of the county but had family ties in Cornwall. Vash wanted to prepare at her parents home in Madron and travel to St Ives for the service and reception.

The ChurchThrough the months the couple deliberated over the finer points and after another meeting when the couple revisited Cornwall things were finalised.

The second meeting was necessary to calm the nerves of the trepidatious "bride to be". I am happy to have as many meetings as are required and if the couple are not able to meet in person we can always Skype or there is the old fashioned telephone.

My day started at 1000 at the brides parents house. There was humdrum of activity as hairdressers and make up artists swelled the excited wedding party. The house smelled of fresh flowers and hairspray as young bridesmaids played and parents reminisced over the "bride to be's" sisters wedding .

The flowers were from Wheal Sara Flowers at St Ives.

The young bridesmaids were anxious to wear their dresses, purchased from Monsoon.

Vash's hair was prepared by Jazz from Gloss in Penzance. She chose to wear it tied up and did not wear a veil.

Vash's wedding dress was supplied from Bride of Penzance. She also had a short jacket with the dress which itself was strapless, fitted and had a full bottom.

Vash wore a brooch from her grandmother as well as a garter, which was her something blue. She kept an old shilling for good luck.

Vash chose a man to be her Chief Bridesmaid, her best friend Ollie.

Vash's father chose to wear traditional Cornish kilt and sporran.

1964 VW CaravanetteFollowing the preparations Vash travelled to the church in a 1964 VW Caravanette supplied by Cornwall VW Wedding Hire at St Ives.

Mark was at the church very early, before midday, with the best "man" - Michelle.

Vash was early at the church but was fashionably late by the time she entered the church.

The weather was wonderful, dry and sunny, which leant itself to colourful and brightly lit images. The contrast in the church was stark. This makes image taking difficult for a wedding photographer.

VowsThe wedding party though not small, was intimate and was easily able to see and hear everything that went on. The ceremony itself was divided by a reading and following a couple of hymns, events reached a climax with the saying of the wedding vows and exchanging of rings.

The party moved outside and time was spent with the party congratulating the newly married couple.

Vash and Mark had asked for me to provide them with some formal shots which were duly completed and they both sat back in the VW Camper van for some celebratory champagne.

The couple then went off in the van and we stopped in Laity Lane for some shots with the van. From there we then drove down into St Ives itself where the van stopped on the Sloop In slipway and we captured the moment there, much to the interest of the holidaymakers.

ReceptionFollowing this we made our way to The Carbis Bay Hotel and the wedding reception.

Vash's father is an avid Cornishman. Part of his speech he gave in the Gaelic tongue. He also spoke of his huge pride for his daughter and his happiness at her marrying Mark.

The best man's speech was both amusing and sentimental, causing Vash to wipe a tear or two from her eye.

The best man's speech was amusing and Michelle also provided pictures to help get her point across, more often than not, at Mark's expense.

Carbis Bay BeachThe cake was supplied by Gill Hassell of Stithians and consisted of a small fruit cake at the top and underneath a display of yellow and orange cup cakes, which were the wedding colours.

By now the sun was low in the sky and the couple had asked me to photograph them on the beach, so in the twilight air we walked the short walk onto Carbis Bay beach.

After the sun had set we walked back to the hotel and the couple danced their first dance.

They were not dancing long before everyone joined in and the evenings festivities continued well into the small hours.

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