Ode to the petrol
A wedding photographer’s admiration for the (not so) humble wedding car.
Despite driving a vicar’s vehicle…I’m actually quite a petrol head. I love cars, especially fast shinny ones which I am never really going to afford…and if I did, would make me single within minutes.
So I always get really excited when the wedding car arrives. Usually, you hear the car approaching from a 1000 yards away. It’s usually a V8, it’s usually old and finely tuned and ALWAYS loved by the driver.
The old wedding cars just help remind us how amazing driving would have been 40, 50 or even 70 years ago.
As a wedding photographer I get to squeeze / sit comfortably in the front passenger seat whilst the bride and father get driven to the church or ceremony location.
The seats are huge, comfortable rich leather sofas. The cars usually are awash with the most gorgeous teak dash boards, littered with gauges with needles that really do bounce around. I am sure you could knock at the dials and the needles would change (just like the old fighter pilots would do when the didn’t trust the instruments).
And my admiration goes out to the owners of such gorgeous vehicles. They are a labour of true dedication. They make every bride’s arrival special and the drivers are always gentlemen, who navigate the country roads and lanes with the dignity that their cars reflect.
So of course, the header shot is a picture of a collection of some of the most desirable vehicles ever made, which all turned up at my last wedding…and which is why I was politely asked to move my vicar’s vehicle away from the main house 😉 And of course I would love to drive any one of these, but my respect still goes out to the most beautiful and special cars ever made and for the Chauffers that ensure the bride arrives in style, and in good time…rain or shine.
This post is in part dedicated to one of this year’s grooms, Dean, because if I did have the keys to any of the above, you’d be able to borrow one with absolute pleasure.
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