Contest Winners Tie The Knot In Scilly

Keith and Sam (centre) with registrars Alison Gardner (left) and Jane Hurd (right)

Keith and Sam (centre) with registrars Alison Gardner (left) and Jane Hurd (right)

A couple who won their wedding in a contest have tied the knot at the Porthcressa Register Office.

Sam and Keith Amps entered the competition, arranged by the Islands’ Partnership and Archant Bride magazine, in October.

Sam, a teacher from Truro College, says she couldn’t believe her luck and was “jumping around the office” when she got the call saying she’d won.

The package included discounted photography, the ceremony, food and accommodation.

The pair had only intended to bring a small party but that quickly grew to a group of 30, some of whom travelled all the way from Los Angeles.

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Keith says they had already decided to marry and had everything except a venue and a date. Winning the contest spurred them into action, he says.

And the prize was perfect because Cornish girl Sam had always wanted to get married in Scilly. She’s been coming here since she was a teenager and has worked at the Garrison campsite and on Bryher in the past.

Sam says the new Register Office overlooking the beach is also “just incredible.”

They wanted to keep the whole day local and Sam says the flowers were all grown here, with pinks from St Martin’s and agapanthus from Scilly Flowers. Local baker Becky Lock made the cake and Chris Hall took the photos.

The couple spent the week in Scilly before the big day and they haven’t sorted their honeymoon yet, although Keith says they might just come back here again.