Stacey and Kevin chose to use the Badsworth and Beauford for their Wedding at Coombe Abbey Nr Coventry, Warwickshire. The weather wasn't too great so Stacey decided to travel from her home in Coventry in the Badsworth (it has a good heater)! Following the ceremony the couple enjoyed a relaxing drive along quiet lanes before returning to Coombe Abbey for some photos.
Hannah and Neils wedding was from a country setting to the centre of Coventry and return. For most Cities that would be a rather long time in the car. Coventry City centre however is never far from lovely countryside and so only 12mins from Nailcote Hall to Queens Road Baptist Church for the Wedding ceremony. It was a rather dull day but Hannah and Neils were determined to drive from the Church to Nailcote Hall with the hood lowered. Travelling hood down in the Badsworth does afford shelter from the roof just in front of the rear seat. On arrival at Nailcote Hall we were met with the usual directions as to the best position to place the car for arrival photos. It does work as can be seen from the result below..
Laura and Ashley were married in Coventry at St. John Vianney RC Church with a reception to follow at Coombe Abbey. Laura's family have strong ties to the Church as it was where her parents were married some years ago! Nearby in the middle of a grass play area is a large tree. Laura and Ashley had photos taken beneath the tree just as Laura's parents did at their wedding. A nice family tradition. It being a Friday we encountered busy roads driving through Coventry to the Coombe Abbey. We often find drivers give way to the Wedding cars so we were soon arriving at the country setting of the imposing hotel. The Courtyard is a great setting for arrival photos and the always warm welcome provided by the hotel staff.
Leona and Ben could have walked to Church as residents of Thornton. Instead Leona followed tradition and left from her parents home in Glenfield for the drive to Thornton. As with all of our Weddings recently we were able to enjoy the glorious Autumn colours en route. Thanks to Leona's excellent timekeeping we arrived at exactly the planned time of 5mins prior to the ceremony. The couple are very familiar with the nearby Thornton Reservoir and naturally used the lovely location for some of those "romantic"photos. A lovely drive followed through the Charnwood Forest to the popular reception venue of The Griffin Inn in Swithland Village, Leicestershire.
Quite a long trip from Syston to Newtown Linford but a very pleasant trip for Helen and her Mother travelling through Rothley, Cropston and Anstey. One of those cold and cloudy days we have experienced recently but no rain and no "squinting" for the photos. Helen and Dean's reception venue was at the familiar and beautifully set Grey Lady, just a couple of miles up Sharpley Hill. Although I was a little concerned the couple may be cold, Helen and Dean enjoyed a slow trip from Church to the Grey Lady with the hood down. Brides always seem to be able to withstand the chill on their Wedding Day. Must be the adrenaline?
Hannah and Gary were Married at the lovely Church of Holy Trinity and St Thomas of Canterbury, in Ettington, Warwickshire. Hannah and her Brother travelled from the reception venue of the imposing 16th Century Walton Hall the few miles to Ettington Village. The wonderful sunny weather helped to provide a perfect setting for a Wedding Day. Following the service we travelled back to Walton Hall and arrived at the red carpet with greetings form guests and a warm welcome from Walton Hall Staff.
Michelle and Charlie were married at St Simon and St Jude Church in Earl Shilton. A couple of trips were made to Church from Stoney Stanton along lanes which were new to me despite living in the area. A lovely drive as the Autumn colours were just establishing. A cross country trip was made via the lovely village of Monks Kirby to the familiar reception venue of Ashton Lodge in the hamlet of Street Ashton
A lovely sunny day for the wedding of Samantha and Ian. Samantha and Father travelled from Hinckley to Sutton Cheney along the county lane through Dadlington and into the Battle of Bosworth area to meet her Groom Ian at St James Church, Sutton Cheney. A perfect village setting which well suited the attire Bride and Groom chose for the day. We took an extended route back to the reception in Hinckley via Shenton and Dadington. Hood down of course on such a nice day, travelling at a befitting "regal" pace. Very pleasant!
Some of our weddings entail a long journey from home to the place of marriage. Holly and Father travelled from Market Bosworth to Rothley, Leicestershire, enabling me to devise a route through the scenic Charnwood Forest. Being Sunday morning the roads were very quiet and provided the perfect relaxing start to the day for Bride and Father. Very enjoyable for the chauffeur too! Thanks to good timekeeping by Holly and Family we arrived at Rothley Court Hotel in perfect time for Holly to meet with the Registrar. Did you know that at Rothley Court couples can enjoy a Civil Ceremony in the Hotel and then walk through to the historic Chapel for a Blessing of the Marriage? Holly and Lewis availed themselves of both ceremonies before coming to the Beauford for a slow drive around the village of Rothley. Guests had been persuaded to wait for our return outside the Hotel for a grand arrival of the couple in the open top Beauford.
An all Nuneaton Wedding for Michelle and Chris. Just a short trip in the Badsworth for Bride and Father to St Mary's Abbey Church in Nuneaton. Always a welcome experience to arrive at the imposing Church set amongst the ruins of the ancient Abbey. The couple enjoyed a top down detour through Nuneaton to the reception venue at the Ambleside Sports Club. This ensured guests arrived before us and were waiting to greet the happy couple on arrival.