Go Vintage On Your Special Day

 When it comes to choosing wedding transport, vintage cars or horse drawn carriages are often popular choices. However, local fashion designer, Angy Morton has teamed up with Workington Transport Heritage Trust in a bid to encourage couples-to-be to choose vintage buses for their special day.

Everyone remembers the final scene in the classic 60s film, The Graduate, when Benjamin Braddock sabotages the wedding of his one true love, Elaine, before the young couple flag down a passing bus, hop on, bag the back seat and drive away – well, this iconic scene was the inspiration behind the photo shoot which marks the partnership between Angy and Workington Transport Heritage Trust.

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The set of images produced by Preston photographer Tabitha Boydell feature local models styled in Angy’s own bridal wear designs posing on the vintage buses in familiar locations including Hunday Manor and Workington Harbour.

Angy who lives in Mosser, Cockermouth and has had her previous works showcased at London Fashion Week said that the aim is to not only encourage couples to choose vintage buses for their wedding transport, but to also promote the local area.

She said: “It’s been a pleasure to help support the trust and get involved with helping to promote the service. Vintage is very much in Vogue at the minute and I wanted the photo shoot to have to a connection back to vintage buses so The Graduate theme tied in nicely.  I knew that’s what I wanted, as soon as we started talking about doing a photo shoot, it’s such a memorable film, I knew everyone would get it straight away. Even one of the dresses has been inspired by Elaine’s dress in the movie.”

Angy continued: “Keeping it local was really important. The whole team was from Workington, from the hair stylists to the make-up artists, and I think it was important to use local people to help promote our local businesses. Workington is a corner of the county which isn’t promoted very well and we wanted to highlight that we do have lots of creativity in this area; it’s something that is extremely close to my heart.”

Workington Transport Heritage, which formed in 1996 aims to preserve historic vehicles. The trust, which now holds an operator’s licence following the vintage campaign, has three buses available for wedding hire – a white MAN low-floor vehicle and two Leyland Nationals built in the 1970s at Lillyhall. Each bus is always immaculately presented and can be decorated to the couple’s wishes while expert drivers are on hand to offer a friendly and personal service.

Alistair Grey, Workington Heritage Trust, said: “We are an educational charity and we restore old buses which we then hire out for weddings and other events. We wanted to try and promote vintage buses as a means of wedding transport so that’s when we came up with the idea of a vintage wedding photo shoot. It was a very interesting day; everyone came together and mucked in.”

Along with arriving in true vintage style, hiring a wedding bus can solve lots of big day dilemmas including how to transport all the wedding guests between the ceremony and reception. Alistair added: “Since the wedding shoot, we have had a really good response, and a steady stream of bookings; I think vintage buses for weddings are quite popular nowadays and they are a bit different to your average wedding vehicle. They make a nice alternative and are roomy enough to move all the guests from one venue to another.”

For more information about hiring a vintage wedding bus contact Alistair Grey at Workington Heritage Trust on 01900 67389 or visit their website at www.wtht.co.uk

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