I don’t know anything about how cars work. Not a thing. But it doesn’t take a mechanical genius to love a magical, chauffeur driven ride in Shooffeur’s classic 1950’s saloon. The car is stunning and the very lovely husband and wife team, owners Elaine and Michael, will look after every little detail for you, from making sure the car is beautifully decorated with ribbon to having your complimentary champagne perfectly chilled. All ready for you to glide to your reception in fine vintage form!
Based in Whitstable, Elaine tells us “our special chauffeur service has evolved from a real passion and nostalgia for classic cars. We’ve had some beauties and our 1953 Citroën Traction Avant Light 15, Lottie, is our latest love. Fully restored, this beautiful car is spotless throughout. Upholstered in tan, with wool carpets, gorgeous wood trim, and a sun roof to view the stars, she really is the business!”.
Appearing in film classics such as James Bond and the Adventures of Tin Tin, as well as being a favourite of the French Resistance, this car can seriously add a touch of personality to your day – and make for great photos too! Plus Shooffeur are offering our blog readers an exclusive discount of 10% if you book before the end of July 2013.
Peter and Lydia were married in August 2012, taking them a relatively short eight months to plan this gorgeous wedding. Here Lydia tells us how she did it along with all the rest of the fabulous wedding details! Lydia says “I did the majority of the planning, with Peter helping me make decisions and willing to help when I delegated him tasks! My mother was also a massive help with organising the reception.
Our reception for just over 200 guests was held at Provender House, Faversham. As we planned the wedding in such a short space of time there were limited venues available but my mother’s friend knew Princess Olga Romanoff who lives in the house, which had been restored by English Heritage. I had originally wanted a stately home but it was too expensive, so having the reception in a marquee at Provender was amazing – it combined the elegant and traditional house with an easy and modern marquee that we were able to decorate as we wanted.”
Lydia goes on to tell us about her gorgeous gown “I tried on SO many dresses and loved 90% of them. I was being really indecisive but my dress stuck with me and I thought it was more stunning than the others. I took one of my bridesmaids with me to try it on again and she convinced me to go for it, despite the price tag! As Peter is a foot taller than me I wanted high heels as well as a bit of bling as my dress was very plain, so I chose some sparkly heels by Karen Millen. I borrowed Peter’s mother’s diamond studs, which she was given on her 18th birthday and also wore a thin bracelet with pearls and a lace edged chapel length veil and I had small pearl hair pins from Accessorize.”
Lydia tells us more about how they choose the details of their wedding, she says “Both of us wanted a traditional English wedding, with a few influences from Singapore, where I grew up. We didn’t have a theme at the outset but our light pinky/nude and butterflies theme just sort of happened and was a lovely mix of vintage and modern. I had a birdcage from the venue which I pegged individual table plans too. We had butterfly place cards from Cuttopia that had L & P on one wing and hand wrote our guests names on the other, which sat on everyone’s wine glass. We had our order of service and invitations printed in Singapore. I used lots of Orchids as they are the national flower of Singapore so I could have a touch of home on the day! They didn’t last long in the heat but they were absolutely beautiful.
We were lucky to have our family and friends help out. Peter’s incredibly talented younger sister made our cake, it was four tiers of fruitcake, red velvet, vanilla sponge and chocolate and our first dance song, ‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz, was sung by Peter’s friend Ali Americanos.”
Lydia found their photographer, Samantha Jones, online and loved her photos. She says “When we met her in person and found her so friendly and enthusiastic we knew she would be perfect.”
Lydia’s final bit of advice for brides to be is “Don’t feel pressured into making all your decisions straight away. Try and listen to your family and friends without compromising what you want. DON’T be a diva because no matter what happens, it will be the best day of your life, regardless of all the little things. I loved our wedding. It was a great balance between a beautiful, serious and emotional ceremony that focused on our religious beliefs and love for each other, alongside a fun, relaxed reception where everyone let loose and danced the night away! It also reflected how much as a couple we put into our relationships with other people, it was amazing to have so many of our family and friends there on our wedding day.”
Thanks to Lydia and Peter for sharing their day with us. x
Dress: Suzanne Neville
Veil: Viva Bridal
Groom Outfit: Dress2kill
Bridesmaids: Fever Designs
Flowers: Graham Greener
Food: Blackbird Catering
Piano and Double Bass: Frances Knight
DJ: Party Plannerz
Favours & Centrepieces: Homemade
Photographer: Samantha Jones
Image Credit: With thanks to Samantha Jones