Out and about
Nina & Iain, November 2019
'A Winter's Tale'
After weeks of rain, the last Saturday in November dawned bright and clear, but oh so cold! We were up early on our travels to York for Nina and Iain’s wedding.
The city of York looked gorgeous in the winter sunshine, and the venue was the 14th-century Hospitium in the Museum Gardens. I fell in love with this gorgeous, charming venue which looked perfect for a small, intimate wedding!
Nina was wearing a lovely prom-style dress, with a fur stole to keep away the cold – and her bouquet was made of artificial flowers of white, pale blue and navy – colours that matched Florence perfectly! Decorations on Florence included the picnic basket, a gorgeous artificial gypsophilia bumper garland with one of our favourite extra touches, our wooden ‘LOVE’ letters – and of course, the signature white ribbon!
Nina was accompanied on her last journey as a single lady through the pretty streets of York with her mum, and one of her photographers to capture those last special moments.
Iain didn’t see Florence until after the ceremony, and the happy couple took the opportunity to have some photos taken in Florence, and the obligatory ‘roof open’ shot! A gorgeous winter wedding in a unique location! All the best to Nina and Iain for the future!
Rachel & Elliot, October 2019
It was a gorgeous mid-October day in Sheffield for Rachel and Elliot’s wedding, with all the wonderful autumnal colours that are so characteristic of that time of year. A very early start for us leaving home with Florence transported on our trailer, arriving at The Florentine pub and hotel mid-morning, a beautiful stone building in a leafy part of Sheffield. A very fitting name for a venue, Florence at The Florentine!
A few trips to the ceremony at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, both ‘mums’, two bridesmaids and finally taking Rachel on her last journey as a single lady with her father by her side. Rachel had always wanted a classic Fiat 500, so it was fitting that she chose Florence as her bridal car.
After the ceremony, the guests came outside and were delighted to see Florence ready to take Rachel and Elliot on their first journey as a married couple. Lots of photos taken, there was a very stylishly-dressed guest in a blue suit that matched the colour of Florence – I’m sure that photo made its way on to lots of Insta feeds! An abundance of cheers from the guests as we departed back to The Florentine for the reception, the lucky couple were even able to have the roof open as the sun made a very warm autumn appearance.
The official photographer was Ed Godden, we’ve had a sneak peek at the photos and they look absolutely fabulous! A great crowd, and all the best to Rachel and Elliot on their next journey as a newly-married couple.
Sarah & Mike, September 2019
'Didn't It Rain'
The weather at the start of the month of September was lovely, but in typically British fashion, it soon went downhill very rapidly, and any hopes of an Indian summer soon evaporated! It seemed like it had been raining forever, and in the days leading up to Sarah & Mike’s wedding, it didn’t improve in the slightest! Well, there’s nothing you can do about it, so our preparations had to go ahead just as usual.
Sarah opted to have our vintage suitcase on the luggage rack, with white ribbon on the front and ivy decorations on the rear bumper. We picked up Sarah and her father from Great John Street Hotel in Manchester city centre to the ceremony at St Joseph’s RC Church in Longsight. After the ceremony, the guests threw dried flower confetti, and the smell of lavender filled the air, and even Florence smelt of lavender!
We took the newly-married couple to their reception at Victoria Baths – such a gorgeous venue, the Edwardian-style swimming baths has a stunning interior, perfect for a wedding with a difference. And the exterior is just as gorgeous, giving us the perfect opportunity to take some urban-style photographs. Typically, the rain then stopped! We wish Sarah and Mike all the best, they kept smiling through all the rain showers!
Urban Wedding Fayre, May 2019
'(Nothing But) Flowers'
In May we were at the Urban Wedding Fayre, organised by the Urban Wedding Company Ltd and held at the Fairfield Social Club in Manchester. What an unusual venue – under the railway arches which meant Florence could just squeeze in through the doors and be on display inside! Kate from Perfect Bouquet Full of Flowers made us a stunning garland and wing mirror decorations – the colours were just gorgeous, blue delphiniums, pink peonies and white roses on green eucalyptus.
As the weather was dry and sunny, we carefully took the decorations home as we knew this would be a great opportunity to get some lovely photos. And we realised there are so many ways you can dress your wedding car – so the garland ended up going on the front under the windscreen, on the front bumper, on the picnic basket, and on the rear bumper! It just goes to show, there’s no limit to the ways you can decorate your car – all you need is your imagination and a little bit of creative flair!
Indie Wedding Fair, March 2019
'Til the Clouds Clear'
On a blustery, showery day in March, we were one of the selected suppliers to appear at Indie Wedding Fair in FiveFour Studios, Salford. The venue is amazing, lots of airy, white space with lots of quirky details – and a lovely bar area! The event brought together some great creative wedding suppliers and it was good to talk to lots of brides-to-be – some of whom were way ahead with their wedding planning! One lady told me that she’d always wanted a classic Fiat 500 after first seeing one on a family holiday when she was a child – so she was very excited to enquire about hiring Florence as a nostalgic touch on her wedding day. It’s always lovely to hear people’s memories of when they first saw a Fiat 500!
To match the style of the venue, we dressed Florence very simply for the fair – classic white ribbon on the front, with a white and green garland on the back bumper. Of course, she wouldn’t be complete without her picnic basket (although it was definitely not picnic weather!) with a heart-shaped ‘And They Lived Happily Ever After’ sign attached.
It was a cold day with sleet showers unfortunately, but model Flic Jackson, who was wearing a beautiful Anna Campbell Bridal dress for Jean Jackson Couture, agreed to have some photos taken with Florence, which we really appreciate as we’re sure she must have been freezing cold!
Many thanks to Ellie Grace Photography for taking some lovely photos on the day, some of them we’ve included below.
Kristina & Scott, August 2018
'On Days Like These'
It was the summer that never seemed to end, and this particular August Saturday was no exception. We decided to take the scenic route from Newhey across the Lancashire-Yorkshire border, taking in a quick pit stop at the Saddleworth Hotel near Delph, skirting near Marsden Moor Estate and crossing the Pennine Bridleway. What a fantastic drive! Big blue skies around us, dramatic scenery – it brought to mind the classic ‘Italian Job’ intro ‘On Days Like These’ sung by Matt Monro – although without the super-powered Lamborghini Miura. In fact the rather more modestly-sized engine of Florence meant lots of gear changes and cries of “Come on little car!”
We descended into the pretty village of Honley for Kristina and Scott’s wedding which took place in the local church, a lovely dark stone Victorian building and we knew straightaway the photos would look great. Kristina opted for white ribbon decorations with a beautiful vintage-inspired dahlia floral bumper garland, which matched the bridal party’s bouquets.
As the guests spilled out from the church, Florence attracted lots of attention! We dressed the picnic basket with Just Married and Mr & Mrs signs.
We took Kristina and Scott to a beautiful spot up on the moors for some photos. It did cloud over which made for some wonderfully atmospheric shots. The photographer was Mark Newton and he has kindly agreed to let us showcase some of his photos and we think you’ll agree, the results are stunning!
As we left to go to the reception venue, what should appear over the hill but a modern Fiat 500! Fortunately Mark managed to capture this one-off moment!
We are so glad to have been a part of Kristina and Scott’s special day, such a lovely couple, and we wish them every happiness for the future!