Spring Weddings, and Bonkers Weather!

“Spring is sprung the grass is ris, I wonder where the birdies is!”

Well, the birds are arriving now and we know Spring is here because of the extremely fluctuating weather typical of this season. It’s that time of year where on the same day you can see some people in shorts and flip-flops and others well wrapped up against the cold, and probably both getting it right!

Our two most recent couples experienced vastly different weather conditions for their respective weddings which were just over a week apart.

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The first couple, the lovely Beth & Sam, caught the wrong end of the weather spectrum as on the day of their wedding at Shottle Hall, it was very cold and with a howling wind. However, even this was a lot better than the previous week when we did the dummy run to check out the route, as on that day it snowed and the road was even flooded in parts!

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We were hired to take the Bridesmaids, who looked wonderful in Rose Gold, and then return for Beth and her Mother. We were due to stay until after the ceremony so the couple could have photos with Betty. The howling wind and freezing temperature did their worst as the couple and guests emerged for the group photos and after probably half an hour of their suffering, Helen, the Mother of the Bride came to tell me that it was OK for me to leave as the couple had had enough and were frozen to the bone and needed to get inside to thaw out! I can’t say I blame them!

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Compare and contrast their experience with what happened just a few days later. For the week after Beth & Sam’s wedding, we were getting the year’s first appearance of “The UK will be hotter than…” This time the sad loser was Greece, as our swiftly arriving heatwave would put the Hellenic Republic’s acclaimed climate in its place. And so it turned out, and white legs were everywhere and BBQ smoke was in the air, as we embraced the long overdue sunshine!

Cue the wedding of the lovely Kat & John. The very high temperatures of the midweek had eased a bit leaving ideal wedding day conditions, as it was still very warm, dry and with no wind! Whatever else happened on their day, they’d really hit the weather jackpot!

They were married at St Francis of Assisi Church in their and our own home town of Long Eaton, which was to be followed by their reception at Loughborough Grammar School.

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Again we were to take the Bridesmaids first, and they too looked wonderful with a very retro look, and Betty was wearing purple ribbons to match their dresses. We then returned to take Kat & her Father, and Long Eaton’s notorious Saturday gridlock problems didn’t quite catch us out!

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One unusual aspect of this wedding on our doorstep, was that due to them having a small reception at the Church after the ceremony and before moving on to the School, I was able to return home for a while after dropping them off, which was a first!

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This was our first wedding of the year where the air conditioning was needed and the heater wasn’t on full blast like just over a week earlier!

Both of our couples were delightful, both Brides looked amazing in their dresses, and both days were very enjoyable for us. The weather did what it did, but we’re unlikely to see such contrasting weather again in two weddings so close together.

Although, this is the UK…

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Four Weddings and a Few Miles!

Hugh Grant didn’t actually turn up, but the important people did – our lovely couples –  for the four weddings we’ve just done in a week. It’s notable for us as we’d never had four weddings so close together, and we were determined from the outset that each one would get our normal level of service and involvement. Hopefully that happened!

Our first couple, Lucie & Matt, were married on Saturday 31st March at Royal Oak House, Derby, with the pick up at Hilton, just outside Derby. Betty was dressed in red ribbons and our role was to take Lucie, her Dad, the Maid of Honour, and two young Bridesmaids to the venue and then leave, as their reception was just a short walk away. In cases like these we don’t get to meet the Groom, but it was a real pleasure to meet the five we were responsible for!

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Lucie was kind enough to send us this review afterwards, on behalf of herself and Matt:

“Absolutely stunning and different wedding car! Andy was so helpful and couldn’t help enough. Very highly recommended thanks Andy for making our day that bit more special and of course Betty.” Lucie & Matt

Next was the wedding of Paula & James, who were married at Leicester Town Hall on Wednesday 4th April, with their reception afterwards at the Belmont Hotel, leicester, and this time we were to wait and take the couple on to the reception.

On the drive down to Leicester, the weather was awful with some very heavy Spring showers. We always carry umbrellas, but thankfully they weren’t needed as the weather brightened just as I got to the Bride’s house. Betty looked grand with silver and white personalised ribbons, and we took Paula and her Bridesmaid to the venue.

I managed to give Betty a good clean during the ceremony, so she looked presentable for the photos, and again the weather was kind to the couple as they came out!

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Once more we’ve had a wonderful review from the Bride:

“What can I say? Absolutely outstanding service. Beautiful car. And Andy is the most amazing gentleman I’ve met. He went above and beyond for me and made me feel like a very special bride. Thank you so much. I was honoured. X”

Friday 6th April, was the date for Christina and Sam. This was a wedding close to home in terms of the pick up as it was just over a mile from us. The ceremony was at the magnificent St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, with the reception afterwards at The Walled Garden, Beeston.

Betty was dressed in white ribbons and we were hired to take Christina and her parents to the Cathedral, and then the Bride & Groom on to the reception. If Dad had any Father of the Bride nerves, he wasn’t showing it!

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One oddity about The Walled Garden, was that unlike on the day when I did the dummy run to check out the route and venues, a barrier was put in place to prevent any vehicles getting access. The couple had to walk the last bit to the venue and of course the photographer wasn’t able to get any shots of Betty pulling up with the Bride & Groom!

Our final wedding of this wonderful week, involved Rebecca & Mark. With a pick up in Newark on Trent, we had a fair distance to travel, and it was with some foreboding that it was raining quite hard when I left. Again the gods were on the couple’s side as it was dry and very pleasant when I got to Newark, after giving Betty another clean en route!

It was an ivory day for ribbons and this time were we accompanied by a Black London Taxi from Blackmore Commercials, who have some great old London Buses too. Between us, we took nine people to the ceremony and reception at The Nottingham Golf & Country Club, Cotgrave, with Betty carrying the Bride and her parents.

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Again, we’ve been sent a lovely review by the happy couple:

“Being a London girl living in Nottinghamshire, there was only one mode of transport that I wanted to travel in to my big day! Along came Betty and I knew she was perfect for the occasion! Andy you were just as fabulous, doing a trial run the week before to ensure you knew the route and taking so many lovely photos that we can look back on. To make our wedding day even more special, on the way to the venue, Andy explained Betty’s history and I could not believe it when he told us that she came from my home town – Chingford! We couldn’t believe it! Some things are just meant to be! Highly recommend Andy and cannot fault the services he provided. Thank you so much. Mr and Mrs Buckley”

So during the course of the week, we traveled a fair few miles – 231 of them which is a lot for weddings as most are fairly local. But more importantly, we got to meet some very lovely people, and four beautiful Brides. And I’m pleased to say that each wedding was still very special to us!

And Hugh Grant wasn’t missed one bit!

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