A wet morning but as often happens on Wedding Days, the rain went away just in time for Rebecca to travel from Broughton Astley to Croft Church. At last the chilly east wind decided to leave us too, so an arrival with the hood down made for great photos by Rebecca Dawe Photography
Emily and Duncan enjoying their first married moments together following their Wedding in Lutterworth. We found a lovely country route through Easenhall and Brinklow for our journey to Coombe Abbey. The long approach drive to the Abbey is most impressive, especially when a welcome champagne toast is offered to the happy couple in the beautiful Courtyard on arrival!
Katherine and Gavin pause for a toast and photos following their Wedding at St Peter's Church, Witherley Atherstone. The 2 mile drive to the Mythe Barn reception was perfect, with the hood down and lovely warm spring sun. A most enjoyable ocassion!
Emma and Warren were Married at Christ Church Mountsorrel after travelling the short distance from Quorn Grange Hotel. Following the Wedding we drove up Castle Hill for some photos prior to returning to Quorn Grange for the reception. A sunny day which the couple enjoyed with the hood down for a slow drive in the open.
Our Badsworth was used for all 3 wedding plus the Beauford for last Saturdays. In addition to visiting St. Catherine's Church in the heart of Burbage it was our pleasure to chauffeur our newly married couples to 3 renowned nearby reception venues. First reception was at Ashton Lodge in the hamlet of Street Ashton via a very quiet lane through Monks Kirby. A lovely extra few minutes drive for the happy couple. Our second wedding was potentially a very short distance to Sketchley Grange Hotel in Burbage. We diverted via Aston Flamville stopping for a few photos of the Bride and Groom. Last Saturday the wedding party were picked up from Ansty Hall nr. Coventry making use of both the Badsworth and Beauford. As is often the case for the journey from Church to reception we made a detour to allow guests to arrive prior to the couple. This time a drive through Withybrook and along the narrow lane to Shilton was ideal for Tessa and Christopher to enjoy a few quiet moments together before arrival At Ansty Hall.
A wedding on Friday the 24th February was a decision well made by Michelle and Adam. Thursday was the weather "bomb" of Doris and today (Saturday) a return to wet and windy conditions. Friday was great with light winds and plenty of sun. We even lowered the hood for a few yards on the Badsworth. The couple are from my home village of Burbage so very short drives to the home and St Catherine's Church for the marriage ceremony. The reception was held at Ashton Lodge Country House which can be reached via quiet lanes through Aston Flamville, Sharnford and Monks Kirby - we hardly met another car.
A special wedding for us to start our 2017 season. Many congratulations to Michelle and Adam.
Only a short journey from Naomi's home in Kenilworth to St Nicholas Church but made very special by the wonderful carpet of golden leaves as we arrived to greetings from the welcoming Vicar. No hoods were lowered - far too cold but the car heaters were most welcome!
Naomi and Ian arriving at Wroxall Abbey Warwickshire. A most imposing reception venue awaits the couple to enjoy the start of married life together.
Our Badsworth and Beauford enjoyed being driven through beautiful Warwickshire countryside and Tim and myself equally enjoyed playing a part in the couples happy day. Our best wishes for the future to Naomi and Ian.
Elizabeth and Harry were married at St Peter's Church in the lovely village of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. The newly married couple enjoyed a relaxing drive to the equally lovely Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, for their reception. We have made a number of visits to Coombe Abbey this year and every time the sun has shone, making for a very grand approach with the hoods lowered. It's a very photogenic place and certainly no shortage of locations for a photo opportunity.
I couldn't resist this photo, showing off Elizabeth's dress in all it's glory. Just so happened a toast appeared at the right moment to be in "shot". What a marvelous setting to begin married life together. Our congratulations and best wishes to Elizabeth and Harry on what was a most beautiful occasion.
In the last few weeks we have been lucky to provide for Weddings in Coventry x 3, Nuneaton, Barrow upon Soar, Cosby etc. One of my pleasures is to find the quieter routes to the marriage ceremony and onwards to the reception. Although I have covered many local miles as a cyclist I am still amazed at the lanes and villages that I was not aware of prior to my years as a wedding chauffeur. Thanks to our couples for allowing us to participate in joint discoveries as they relax together driving through the beautiful English countryside. Recently we have made consecutive journeys from Nuneaton to Burbage and chose to take the lovely lane through Burton Hastings with the hood lowered. Both couples loved the relaxing environment before arriving at Sketchley Grange and the Hinckley Island Hotel. Hannah and Chris were married at Holy Trinity Church, Barrow upon Soar then travelling through Quorn and Woodhouse Eves to Bawden Lodge Farm, Nanpanton. First visit for me and I was impressed with the lovely country wedding environment they have created. The couple booked a Red Routemaster bus converted to a bar - very inviting!
Debbie and Kevin enjoyed a short but enjoyable Sunday afternoon drive from St Mary's Church, Walsgrave, Coventry for a reception at Brandon Hall Hotel. The couple chose to enjoy fresh air whilst travelling at a "regal" pace with the hood lowered on the Badsworth.
The weather forecast app gets regularly used on my phone and of course I have no way of making any changes. That said it is always a good idea to look on the bright side of things and invariably the conditions are not so bad as forecast. For the Wedding of Liz and James - sunny and warm until around 4pm with heavy showers to follow. Exactly what happened! Liz arrived at St Andrews Church, Countesthorpe in lovely warm sun which stayed around for the couples photos etc following the ceremony. The reception venue of Catthorpe Manor is a good distance from Countesthorpe but fortunately can be reached along very quiet lanes for much of the route. Even Lutterworth was not too busy as we made our way through Shawell (lovely hidden away village) toward Catthorpe. About a mile away and we had to contend with the Catthorpe Junc. road works, but with a little local knowledge managed to take an indistinct turning along the lane to the village. Noticeably quieter now that traffic is blocked from accessing the A14 etc. All was peaceful for our arrival at Catthorpe Manor with most of the guests waiting for the couples arrival. Large dark clouds were not too far away but I did manage an enjoyable drive home with the hood down on the Beauford, before the rains came as forecast.