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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Emotional Stages of Planning a Wedding

Stage 1: Total Elation!
Finally! The ring! Champagne! Congratulations!

Perfect to me

Stage 2: Befuddled frustration!
When? Where? How much? So much, or so little, time, but so many choices!
Stage 3: Locked on target!
The big tickets are ticked, the countdown has begun…
Stage 4. Second Guess City

Is this really THE dress? Is the venue too far out of town? 

Stage 5: The Budget Backlash
Can it really be costing that much? Why does everyone question our choices? Should we elope?

Stage 6: Micromanagement
Which three entrées? First dance song? Airbrush or traditional? Surely someone can make a decision

Stage 7. Panic Stations
A week to go! OMG!!! Where are all the RSVPs? Why haven’t I heard from the caterer? What is the weather doing?

Stage 8. Acceptance
The day is here! It’s too late to change anything! RELAX! Enjoy!

Stage 9. Unbridled relief
It’s over! It all worked out! And no one but me noticed what went wrong anyway!

Stage 10. Smug Satisfaction
The photos ARE perfect! The dress looked AMAZING! Everyone looks like they had the BEST time!

Masterpieces Photography + Video at Jimbour House

 

Why are we waiting?‏

A&K E-Shoot029Australians are normally early adopters. Our nation embraces change with often unbridled passion, yet there is one arena in which we are seriously dragging our heals at the moment and that is marriage equality. The overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote in Ireland’s referendum last weekend has shown that even the most conservative dogma can be overcome and prejudice set aside for progress. Ireland will join a growing list of “rainbow nations” who embrace marriage in all its’ forms, irrespective of gender or persuasion. Yet here in Australia our political leaders toss the issue around like a hot-potato, repeatedly refusing to be drawn into debate and actively avoiding a conscience vote in parliament, let alone permit a referendum where Australians could make their own voices heard. Why? Do they not believe in equal rights for all? Do they believe the issue is so divisive that it could harm society in some way? Or is it simply that conservative factions in both main parties hold too much sway? Whatever the reason, our failure to embrace this change sweeping the planet is doing us no favours. Marriage equality would bring significant economic benefit to country. The rush of couples to the altar in forward-thinking countries such as New Zealand and the UK has seen a spike in wedding spending, together with longer-term flow-on effects of wedding-tourism. A shot-in-the-arm is just what our domestic economy needs right now too, and the benefits, especially in rural communities, could be significant at a time when many are doing it tough.

And what exactly is the downside? Not one single thing as far as I can see. People are already in relationships now and all we would be doing is allowing them to formalise their status, and enjoy the same rights as anyone else.

So let’s move forward Australia, embrace marriage equality and win back our status as one of the world’s most tolerant, easy-going and friendly nations.