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JANUARY 25, 2013

FAIRYTALE WEDDINGS: A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

THE BERMUDA SUN

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FAIRYTALE CAR: The Branford Elite is based on the classic Ford Model A (1928-31) and has been imported from the UK by ‘Bermudaful Moments’ and is now available for hire. This classic car seats six passengers and the roof hood folds down at the back, so the bride and groom can also be visible to each passer-by.

‘Downton Abbey’ car adds that touch of class

The classic touring car the Branford Elite captures the elegance of the late 1920s BY AMANDA DALE adale@bermudasun.bm

You want your wedding to be classic, memorable and timeless, so why not also choose a vintage mode of transport? As you are about to take one of the most important steps of your life, luxury, space and comfort can help to ease the ride, and the nerves. This classic touring car is now available for hire in Bermuda, capturing all the elegance and romance of the Jazz Age. The Branford Elite is based on the classic Ford Model A (1928-31) and has been imported from the UK by ‘Bermudaful Moments’. The women behind the enterprise are friends Elizabeth Mayne and Roberta Pachai. Mrs Mayne, co-owner of Big Savings Zone furniture store, said: “We saw a gap in the market and started planning for this two years ago. “At the moment most of the wedding cars you see in Bermuda are Jeeps or convertible (Volkswagen) Beetles, so this car is completely different. “Most convertibles only have two doors and so, when you’re trying to get in and out in your wedding dress, this can be awkward. “In the Branford Elite you can spread the dress out, so you can get in and

‘This car has that vintage, classic look, and we will also have a chauffeur completely dressed for the occasion, in suit and cap.’ ELIZABETH MAYNE

Co-owner Bermudaful Moments

out without it getting crumpled.” She said: “This car has that vintage, classic look, and we will also have a chauffeur completely dressed for the occasion, in suit and cap. “Think Downton Abbey (popular period British television drama) — this car will be just like the car in that show. “We can also decorate it in ribbons and rosettes, according to the bridal party’s wishes. For example, if your bridesmaids are in pink, we can coordinate the colours to match. “We will sit down together and ask you what you want on the day,” said Mrs Mayne. “So it will be very exclusive and individual to each occasion.” The Branford Elite is custom-built as a vintage car by AWS Ltd in the UK. It features a traditional leather interior, an old-

Bermudaful Moments For more information and to submit an inquiry form, go to www.bermudafulmoments.com fashioned dashboard and steering wheel, and wooden fixtures. Mrs Mayne and Ms Pachai opted for a champagne exterior and sapphire blue trim for the roof, running boards and mirrors. For the interior they chose a navy blue carpet and leather seats in cream. The Branford Elite seats six passengers and the roof hood folds down at the back, so the bride and groom can also be visible to each passer-by. Ms Pachai said: “This is a fairytale wedding car. It’s going to be very glamorous and will look beautiful on your wedding photos. “At traditional weddings

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LUXURIOUS: The Branford Elite features a traditional leather interior, an old-fashioned dashboard and steering wheel, and wooden fixtures. The owners opted for a champagne exterior and sapphire blue trim for the roof, navy blue carpet and leather seats in cream. you would go and pick up the mother of the bride and bring her to the church, and then the father and the bride. After the ceremony the car would then take the bride and groom to the reception. So traditionally, the wedding car has always played a big role in the nuptials. “The Branford Elite should really turn heads — it is so unusual to see something like this on Bermuda’s roads. “At Bermudaful

Moments we want to provide a package which really looks after the bride and groom, and their families. “We will also take the newlyweds to wherever they want to go to have their photos taken. For example, if you want to be captured overlooking Horseshoe Bay, then we can take you there. “It is the bride’s day and it is all about making it a fantastic one, exclusive to you — a ‘Bermudaful day’!”

Mrs Mayne and Ms Pachai will ‘unveil’ the Branford Elite at their booth at Anthony’s 16th Annual Bridal Fair and Fashion Show, at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess this weekend (January 27, 12-5pm). The vintage car will also be available on request for wedding anniversaries and other events from the start of June. The price will depend on each package and hire time. ■

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