St Ives Harbour Hotel

Sarah and James

Sarah and James’ St Ives Harbour Hotel Wedding was full of joy! I’m not entirely sure, but I don’t think I saw a single frown on the face of anyone all day. Oh wait, hold on, there was one. But that was only a frown on the face of someone wearing a policeman’s helmet whilst stood in front of the magic mirror photo booth! The St Ives Harbour Hotel, previously The Porthminster Hotel, overlooking Porthminster Beach, was opened in 1894 to accommodate the increasing number of visitors arriving in St Ives since the opening of the railway. It is now one of the town’s most prestigious hotels.

Steven Seagull

Whilst Sarah and her crew of bridesmaids and mums were getting ready for the big day, they made a new friend. When I say friend, I mean a beady-eyed, white-feathered seagull sat on the window sill! Quickly dubbed ‘Steven Seagull’ after his namesake actor, our avian buddy seemed suddenly interested in wedding make-up! It didn’t take a genius to see past the piles of foundation powder to what Steven was really focused on.

As only the best women can, Sarah’s mum was multi-tasking by eating a Full-English breakfast whilst having her hair done. Now you may think that a Seagull on a window sill versus a room full of hair stylists, make-up artists and prosecco infused bridesmaids has no chance. You’ve obviously never been to St Ives before. The seagulls here can pinch a Pasty from your fingers in a split second! Steven’s sights were set on a tasty fry-up. An executive decision was made to close the window!


The tables at Sarah and James’ wedding breakfast were named after famous golf courses. Courses such as St Andrews, Wentworth and The Belfry. As I found out, Sarah and James had played at all of these courses. It may have been just a little light roasting of the groom during the best man’s speech, but I seem to recall James’ golfing prowess being brought under the spotlight. Having never been round a golf course in less than 100 strokes, I can safely say James is a better golfer than me!

After the conclusion of the speeches, Sarah, James and I slipped off to Porthminster Beach. It was one of those windless, mild days that the St-Ives micro-climate can sometimes conjure up when everywhere else is freezing! The light flitering through the clouds was perfectly soft so made for some great couple portraits!

Thank you to Sarah and James, Steven Seagull, the staff at The St Ives Harbour Hotel and everyone else for an amazing day!

Dress – Confetti and Lace

Hair and Make-Up – Cre8tive Hair and Beauty

Flowers – George Mackay Flowers

Suits –  Cornwall Suit Room

Pianist – Roger Miners

Cake – Dawn’s Edible Elegance

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