What is your most memorable wedding?
They are all memorable! That's the pleasure of weddings and why I enjoy each and every one.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Calm, reliable, GSOH, organised, prepared
What about your business are you most proud of?
That so much of my work is via recommendation
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Enjoy every minute!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
This was an unusual one, because I had never heard the end of the "Something borrowed, something blue" poem. The last line is "and a silver sixpence in her shoe". A bride's father presented it to her as I was driving them both to her wedding ceremony. The bride was in tears!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
On the day of a wedding, I get up early. I like to be prepared for anything and be totally organised so the day goes smoothly. The first thing I do is check the weather! I always cross my fingers for a warm, dry day but as I do weddings all year round I don’t always get my wish.
I have three cars, and whichever I’m using, I valet inside and check that there is plenty of bottled water and mints – good for dry mouths! I wash and polish each car so they are sparkling and decorate them with flowers and the bride's choice of ribbons.
Having checked the roads are clear, I always set off in plenty of time. The invention of the TrafficMaster and SatNavs have been a godsend for chauffeurs. As a professional with over a million miles of driving under my belt, I don’t get flustered. I’ve dealt with almost every situation imaginable over the years and it’s a big part of my job to keep calm. There is always someone from the bridal party around when I arrive, so I quietly tell them that I am there when they are ready to go. That way no-one panics about where I am. From experience I would say that a bride has never come out when she says she’s going to!
I can and do help the bride to get her dress into the car, but my advice to the bride and bridesmaids is always the same – “Put your bottom on the seat first, and then swing your legs round and the dress will follow.” In my experience most brides are pretty calm, unless they’re hiding their nerves well! It’s more likely that the bride’s mother will be the one with the jitters. The brides talk about lots of things – everything from wondering if they’ve fed the dog to how much they’re looking forward to the honeymoon. Sometimes on arrival at receptions, the photographer is there to take pictures of the bride and groom getting out of the car, and I am there of course to open doors and do anything else necessary for the shoot.
Then my day finishes when I take the ribbons off my car and vacuum out the confetti.
What is the most original entrance you have given to a wedding couple?
I drove the bride from her home to a location near the church, where she completed her journey in a horse and carriage.
What is your dream car and why?
I have always dreamt of owning a Rolls Royce, and it still feels incredible to me that I now have one. Every journey in it is very special and it definitely turns heads!
What would be your No. 1 tip for arriving in style?
Book one of my cars!
What is your favourite movie car chase?
Italian Job naturally.