Your Carriage Awaits…

Nothing beats arriving and style, and the epitome of style has to be a Rolls Royce. Iron Horse Carriages can whisk you to your special day in luxury in a meticulously restored 1956 Rolls Royce or a fabulous “royal” Daimler – the favourite choice of HRH The Queen Mother. Ian, the owner of Iron Horse Carriages has a lifetime of driving experience in the most demanding environments and we caught up with him to ask about his best tips for your wedding day transport

  1. What piece of advice would you offer to brides when it comes to transport on their wedding day?
    Make sure allow plenty of time, don’t rush when travelling to the wedding venue. This is a time for both reflection and an opportunity to gather yourself. You’ve had numerous people pull you one direction then the other, all getting you ready for your day. Use this period of calm to relax and enjoy a little bit of you time. Make sure you can sit comfortably in your wedding dress, it’s hard to relax when you can’t breathe.
  2. What is your dream car?
    For a wedding, I think I have my dream car the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1. For driving myself, a Jaguar F Type, they are beautiful and a true drivers car.
  3. Where is your favourite Sunday drive?
    Driving through the northern gold coast hinterland, rolling hills, lovely views and some little café’s.
  4. What is your ideal transportation job/task?
    I’ve had a couple of these, they are the “surprise wedding transport” jobs. Where the bride has no idea her wedding car will be a luxury vintage classic car, when she see’s the flying lady on the grill and the beautiful rolled lines of the car, tears are not far behind.
  5. Why/When did you become an owner of a vintage car?
    I’ve always had a keen interest in the cars of the “Golden era of Motoring” the 40’s to the 60’s. Back then the design of cars was more about the journey than getting to the destination as quick as possible. I was constantly drawn to the style of the British marquee cars of that era, when an opportunity to buy a 1946  Mark IV Jaguar came up then , I bought another Jaguar, and the bug had certainly bitten by then.

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  • What are you most proud of?
    Turning a passion of luxury marquee cars into a business, I’ve had to spend many many hours working on the cars to get them up to showroom condition, but that’s what I love and the fact that I can share that with others is a real joy.
  • Have you worked with any celebrities?
    Celebrities – yes but I have signed over disclosure agreements so no names. I have been involved with Vice Regal engagements, 2 engagements with HRH Prince Phillip and some other high profile dignitaries. Not much call for that now with the security increase requirements, pity as they are lovely to work for.
  • What’s your favourite movie?
    Either Red or Red 2
  • What’s your favourite cuisine, or your favourite place to dine?
    My wife is a brilliant cook so, at home on the deck overlooking the river, watching the sunset, eating whatever she has made drinking a fine wine, bliss.
  • Where’s your favourite place to get coffee?
    Dili, Timor Leste, but when not there, I go to the “Dancing Bean Expresso Bar” in Ipswich, it’s tucked away behind a German Restaurant, so it’s still a little secret.
  • What are you reading?
    Just finished reading “Everything to live for” by Turia Pitt. A True story of a beautiful young woman burnt beyond recognition doing an outback running race in WA, inspiring stuff.
  • Where is your ideal getaway?
    This is easy, a quiet luxury tropical island resort.
  • Are you a cat or dog person?
    Definitely a dog person, love my chocolate Labrador. Some people have a black lab, or a yellow lab, I have a meth lab, he’s crazy but he’s my crazy.
  • What inspires or motivates you? 
    I run a Not for Profit organisation working with injured and ill veterans, seeing these girls and guys work through their injuries and illnesses and get better lives, drives me on every day.

 

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Photo credit: Masterpieces Photography + Video

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Unsuitable wedding

It’s the one thing everyone dreads when flying – lost baggage. When it’s a wedding it’s even more critical that all your belongings arrive with you.

One unhappy newly wed vented their displeasure (via REDDIT) with their flight service when their luggage didn’t make it to his destination wedding.

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The average cost of the Aussie wedding

WFML_PreLaunch114With so many reports in news and social media about the cost of weddings it’s hard to know what the average really is. In Bride to Be’s biannual Cost of Love survey we learn that the cost of weddings has nearly doubled in the last ten years. Interestingly the increases are in pre-wedding celebrations, jewellery, the groom’s outfit, beauty and the bridal party.

One element that has seen a 6% decrease is the bridal gown, with the average Australian bride spending $2,914 on her dream gown. In a definite sign of the times, one in ten gowns are now purchased online which may account for some of the decreased average spend. While in contrast, the groom’s outfit cost have increased by 14% to $718. Clearly a long way shy of the bridal attire costs, but that average is a good place to start when considering a quality suit.

The survey polls over 1000 Australian women who are engaged or have married recently. So, does this fit with your expenditure?

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Keeping your wedding cool

belvedere008With the full-on summer weather at the moment, it’s not just the final details of your wedding planning that might be getting you a little hot under the collar.

For anyone tying the knot under these blazing summer skies we’ve got some tips to help alleviate the heat and let you, and your guests, enjoy the bluest skies the season can offer…

Water, water and more water

Make sure that you, and your bridal party have plenty of water on hand throughout the preparation and the photo session. Dehydration is your worst enemy and will rob you of your energy at precisely the time you want to be enjoying things the most.

Provide water and fruit juice stations for your guests, especially if you are having an outdoor ceremony. Having water available will also reduce alcohol consumption and keep things more even-tempered, especially if it is a sticky humid evening.

Don’t forget your furbabies. Make sure that your pets, whether involved in the ceremony or not, are well cared for. It will be one less thing for you to stress about on the day if you are confident that they are being spoilt and totally looked after.

It might help to calm or nerves, or you might think it will help you sleep, but drinking the night before your wedding is not advisable. The thing that makes the heat even more unbearable is a hangover, so make sure you, and your groom, moderate the partying the night before the big day. You’ll enjoy the big day so much more and will have the stamina get to the real party.

Don’t be late

brookfield-shoot_333At any other time of the year it’s always acceptable for the bride to be fashionably late (10 minutes or so), but at the height of summer, with your groom and guests waiting under a blazing sun or inside without aircon, you won’t win friends by keeping people waiting. If you are planning on an outside ceremony perhaps provide sunscreen for your guests  – you can wear foundation and moisturiser with sunscreen but it’s a great idea to make sure your groom takes precautions too – you don’t want a sunburnt partner in your photos, or on the honeymoon.

Having an order of service that doubles as a fan is an ingenious solution that looks great and helps everyone keep their cool.

Keep it shady

kimryanwedding-235The more shade you provide for guests the more they will love you, but the same goes for your bridal party too – they have to be outside for the photo session too. Think about parasols, umbrellas or fans – they make great props as well providing some much-needed protection from the sun.

If you follow these simple rules you’ll be able to make the most of this wonderful summer weather while it lasts, enjoy your day in the sun and have a wedding that everyone remembers for the right reasons.

Photo Credits: Masterpieces Photography + Video

Real Life Wedding: Sarah and Peter

PeterSarah035-35A chance meeting at the dog park led to love for Sarah & Peter who married recently in a surprise wedding at Eaton’s Hill Hotel.
This fun loving couple soon realised they had much more in common than just a love of Staffy x Ridgeback dogs and, in a romantic moment in a spa in the Whitsundays, Peter took his chance and popped the question to a delighted Sarah.
Of course, that meant it was time to plan the perfect wedding day, however, Sarah quickly realised that the big dream wedding wasn’t going to be her thing and the couple decided to think about alternative options. As Sarah rightly says “it’s all about you and your fiancé making a promise to each other for life”. The couple made the bold decision to hold a surprise wedding at what they had planned to be their engagement party with just a handful of their closest family and friends and then hold a big party for everyone else a little down the track.
As you will see from the gorgeous photos from the talented team at Masterpieces Photography + Video, the day turned out to be a massive success, with everyone having an absolutely wonderful time at Eaton’s Hill Hotel. Whilst a few people were in on the surprise, Sarah and Peter did a great job in keeping the majority of guests guessing until the very last minute. Sarah even jokes “Pete and I caught an Uber to the hotel and told the driver we were getting married in an hour but even he didn’t believe us!”.
The couple plan to honeymoon at Caloundra in early spring and are holding a big party to celebrate their nuptials at the same time. Sarah’s advice for other brides-to-be is quite simple “get married exactly how you and your partner want to and don’t listen to anyone else”. Sensible words we think!

Marriage means to us

Spending the rest of your life running amuck with your best friend.

 

Wedding suppliers

Wedding Location: Eaton’s Hill Hotel Brisbane
Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo
Bridal Shoes: Guess
Bridal Makeup & Hair: Bek Robinson Makeup and Hair
Stationery: Kristen Dangerfield
Flowers: One Stop Wedding Shop
Celebrant: Louise Thompson