Category Archives: Weddings

Beach Wedding

What a glorious day! Here are a few photos to give a flavour of the happiest ceremony ever!.

Flowers being taken down to the beach

Milk churn full of flowers

Part of the path

Waiting for the Bride to arrive



Flowers, A Guest and A Wedding,

What a beautiful Humanist Wedding Ceremony I was privileged to be part of today and in the loveliest of settings overlooking Mawgan Porth.

Flowers on the window sill

Special Guest

The couple


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Humanist Wedding Ceremony in Charlestown

That was the loveliest of Wedding Ceremonies! Humanist Weddings are so very personal and each one is unique. This one in Charlestown today was no exception and many, many guests commented on the personal and warm nature of the ceremony. The rain stopped just long enough for us to be outside with a backdrop of the sea which was what the couple wanted. I shall have proper photos in a few weeks and will show you then. For now, here is a small gallery of some photos I managed while the guests were gathering.

The Bridal Arch with the sea behind


First Dance? First Swim!

It’s been a very busy day today so here is another photo from Monday’s very special wedding. Instead of a first dance, our beautiful couple had a first swim and were joined by many of their guests. I stayed on-shore with LiveWire 4 who held the flowers.

On Godrevy Beach



Flowers, Happiness and Sunset

A few more photos of yesterday’s wedding.  Click on any photo for detail.



Wedding on the Beach

We have had the most beautiful day with friends on Godrevy Beach. Just one photo until tomorrow.

Rose petal confetti on the sand



Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – The Family Locket

Every day, I write about beautiful things. Today, for the Weekly Photo Challenge, I’m writing about one of my very special and favourite objects – The Family Locket.   This has been in the family, on my Mother’s side for at least 154 years and is now entrusted to my care.

My Great Granny’s Locket

My Great Great Granny’s Locket

We know very little about my Great Great Grandmother, whose locket this was, apart from the fact that she was Spanish and we think the locket probably is too. The front of the locket is particularly beautiful, the silver being inlaid with a black stone, maybe jet.The back is covered in very delicate engraving. My Mum attributed the fact that her hair never went grey to her Spanish genes!

The front of the locket

The front of the locket

Inside the locket are two tiny photographs, one of my Great Great Grandmother and the other of my Great Great Grandfather, the only photo we have of him.

Inside the locket

Inside the locket

My Spanish Great Grandmother and her Husband

My Spanish Great Great Grandmother and her Husband

In the photograph, taken we assume sometime around 1860, she is wearing the locket and just look at his wonderful moustache!  We treasure her studio portrait in its original card frame.
 Studio portrait c 1860

Studio portrait c 1860

We have a photo of my Great Granny and Grandad but not wearing the locket and we don’t know if it was worn by the Bride at that wedding.
My Great Grandparents

My Great Grandparents

I am told that my Granny, whom I was lucky enough to know well – she taught me to knit, to crochet and to play cards, though never on a Sunday! – wore the locket at her wedding on 27th April 1882 but I don’t have a photograph of that wedding.  I do have a photograph of Granny and sometimes, when I pass a mirror, I fleetingly catch her image. I remember her as always smiling and I’m told I do that too!
My Granny

My Granny

My Mum, married on 2nd September 1939, by her Father, The Very Reverend William Richards, the day before the Second World War was declared, wore the locket at her wedding but their honeymoon, planned to be in Paris, was a few snatched days in Blackpool instead.   The photo isn’t very clear but the chain and shape can just be made out in this photo.

My Mum at her Wedding in front of Cockerham Vicarage, Lancashire

My Mum at her Wedding in front of Cockerham Vicarage, Lancashire

I, too, wore the locket at my wedding in Truro, Cornwall almost 30 years later in 1967.

I wore it at our Wedding August 1967

I wore it at our Wedding August 1967

KJ, our second daughter, wore the locket at her wedding in London July 2006.  KJ also has Granny’s grin!

KJ at her wedding

KJ at her wedding

When my Brother and Sister-in-law were married in June 1993 in the Chapel at Truro School, the locket was V’s borrowed and old item.You may know the saying – ’Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue’ to bring good luck to the newly wedded couple.

 My Brother, my Sister-in-law and my Dad

My Brother, my Sister-in-law and my Dad

There is something very special about being able to lend such a precious item to someone you love. My Mum had died only three weeks before the wedding so this is a particularly poignant memory. She would have been so pleased that the locket was being worn again, at another family wedding and welcoming another daughter into the family.

You can click on any photo to see more detail. Several of these are photos of photos so are not as clear as the originals.

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Cornish Coastal Walk 7

We had the most glorious walk from Mawnan Church yesterday. Come with me through the Churchyard to the fields and the coastal path and back through the woodlands – a day of beauty, peace and happiness.

A beautiful walk on a short bit of the South West Coastal Path which I hope you have enjoyed too.


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Humanist Wedding, Johnson’s Blue Geranium and Brooke’s Sister

1   I conducted a beautiful Humanist Wedding Ceremony this afternoon. I do love these weddings – they are so individual, special and unique to the couple involved. Enjoy some of it with me.

2   The Johnson’s Blue Geranium is very beautiful and is buzzing with bees.

Bee on Johnson's Blue Geranium

Bee on Johnson’s Blue Geranium

3   Yesterday I discovered a new blog Brooke’s Voice. It is one of the most beautiful I have read and I wanted to tell you a bit about it so that you can, please, visit it and be moved as I was by the love for her sister and the talent of a young writer who is still at school. Gosh, how I would love to be her English teacher to nurture this talent. What a way with words this young woman has, painting pictures with her lyrical sentences.


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Wedding in the Grove, Bridesmaids and A Harp

The sun shone all day and the Wedding in the Grove was utterly delightful. Humanist Weddings are each unique, completely personal and so special and this was no exception.  The bridesmaids carried small bouquets of bluebells and greenery from the garden, miniature copies of the Bride’s flowers.  The Wedding party came in to the grove to the lilting sound of a harp and after the very moving Ceremony, left to more beautiful harp playing. The harp was later left by the fountain.

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