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yay retro! Talks Vintage VW Campervans with the White Van Wedding Co.
Kelly is both a yay retro! customer and also the proud owner of this Pearl White 1965 VW split screen camper van with it's original Devon Caravette oak interior. She runs the White Van Wedding Co., driving her fab van for hundreds of happy couples, who all enjoy the vintage camper experience on their wedding day. Based in Welling in Kent she covers the London area, Kent, Essex, Surrey and parts of Sussex offering chauffeur driven wedding car hire. Read on to find out about her lovely VW splitty van!
The White Van Wedding Company was started in 2015, but Kelly has actually owned the camper since 1997, when she invested the money inherited from her Grandad - what a fantastic thing to buy!
Kelly tells me: "I offer a wide range of different coloured flower garlands and ribbons for couples to customise the van to match their wedding theme. Also, as I only have one van, and am not a big company couples get a fully personalised service. People deal directly with me from the first phone calls and emails right through to driving on the day."
(Photo Michelle Lindsell Photography)
She goes on to say: "I know I'm biased, but the van has been beautifully restored, the guy who painted it usually paints Aston Martins. When I arrive at a wedding I often get comments like "it's even nicer in real life, the photos don't do it justice!". I do spend an insane amount of time waxing and polishing it. It has even attended a wedding at Westminster Abbey - the van and I get about a bit!"
Business is growing from strength to strength with bookings rising every year. She has 59 couples booked for this year and more bookings arrive each week! Bookings can be for the couple, groomsmen, bridesmaids etc, etc.
Attention to detail from The White Van Wedding Co:
On wedding days, everyone gets to eat as much pick and mix as they can manage on their journey - from the table full of sweet jars, and bags ready for people to scoop up their faves, just as popular with the adults as the kids! Also, the van has a 1950s Pepsi cooler so that couples can chill their champagne. There is also an original period Blaupunkt Frankfurt chrome radio in the dash, converted to run an iPod, or link via bluetooth to play their favourite tunes from their phones! The curtains are Eames Small Dot pattern fabric, imported from America. A full set of Gaydon Melmex melamine crockery in pastel colours, (which would have originally come as standard with the van) are to be found in a special cupboard. Kelly notes that "quite often my shoes and handbags are vintage on wedding days too, and are from the 1960s and 70s!"
When Kelly is not driving around on wedding days, she loves 60s nights, 'New Untouchables Mousetrap Psychedelic All nighter' at the Orleans Bar in Finsbury Park is one of her favourite club nights. She also loves visiting old seaside towns, especially those with piers and vintage arcade machines.She has a trip to Brighton planned for this year, for the mod weekender.
Regarding the yay retro! online vintage shop, Kelly says "I love it all! I've purchased a few bits before, including flower power bedsheets to go with my 70s James Seccombe plastic space age bed. At the moment my favourites are the Hornsea cat salt and pepper pots and the Staffordshire Potteries Stowaway Flower Power tea set. I like anything brightly coloured and psychedelic, from the late 60s and 70s".