I’m feeling truly blessed after an amazing weekend in Cornwall to celebrate the wedding of one of my fellow landlocked surf friends.
I have only known my friend for a few months, so I was stoked and honoured to be invited to share her special day. It really was a wedding with a difference and the amount of detail and thought that went into it was truly amazing. The whole thing reflected the happy couple’s love for Cornwall, and the bride’s passion for surfing.
Following a blessing and vow reading on Mawgan Porth beach, it was back to the rustic and perfect setting of Retorick Mill for an informal reception. It’s a favourite of the bride and groom and the marquee and barn areas were decked out in fairy lights, bunting, and surfboard shaped display boards. There were sweets and ice cream (courtesy of a Roskilly’s ice cream trike), and the most amazing afternoon tea with locally sourced produce thanks to Scott the chef from The Park in Mawgan Porth.
Bude-based band, The Claze treated us to 2 hours of acoustic covers. I sat transfixed as they sang song after song injected with some hilarious moments (their announcement of afternoon tea and the speeches were priceless and I wish I had recorded them!). But it was the first dance, a beautiful, spine tingling rendition of the Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ which reduced me to tears.
Those tears of happiness were soon swapped for tears of laughter when it was time for the guests to try their hand at surfing. Not the real thing (although a very close second) , but a surf simulator. Think bucking bronco..but with a surfboard. Needless to say the kids were brilliant, the adults less so and there were some hilarious results. Ranging from lasting only 2 seconds or unable to even stand up on the board in the first place…I won’t mention any names 😉
By night fall, there was even more gorgeous food, the second band, Rudi’s Message were in full flow with their ska hits and Retorick Mill was ablaze with fairy lights, candlights and a huge firepit. There were blankets and marshmallows, and a sound system which took the guests into the early hours.
Words and pictures alone can’t even begin to capture the amount of love, laughter, joy and emotion of that day. The aloha spirit was well and truly alive and the next day, the bride shared her love of surfing with some of the guests through surf lessons with KingSurf. It took me back to my first lesson with those guys and the sounds of whopping, laughter and hollering, and the sights of plenty of shakas been thrown around was amazing. Me and my hubby joined them and got some really sweet rides which I captured on my Contour Roam.
This amazing celebration of love was truly one of the best days of my life, the kind you want to bottle and keep, and I don’t know how to thank the bride and groom enough for inviting me to share it with them.
So, Kelly and Carl, I simply say ‘mahalo’, Hawaian for thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, or respects. It’s a beautiful word and to me, with its many meanings, says so much more than thank you.
I wish you both a wonderful future together and many more happy times in your favourite place in the world 🙂