05 December, 2013
An employee at specialist insurance broker Footman James showed exceptional loyalty on her wedding day when she was driven to the church in a French classic car!
Natalie Turner nee Downing - who is employed as an Account Handler in the Footman James Classic Motor Trade Division - hired two Citroen Avant Traction cars for her big day on Saturday 21 September. Natalie was transported in a 1936 Traction Avant Limousine with her bridesmaids hot on her heels in a 1949 Traction Avant Light 15 model.
Natalie explained : “It’s impossible not to be enthusiastic about classic cars working at Footman James and it seemed only fitting that I should honour this on my wedding day! We had so many comments about them on the day; they were definitely a unique choice for such an occasion. We were absolutely delighted with the continental touch and will ensure the photos are proudly displayed in our new home!”
The 1936 Traction Avant Limousine is a French classic car, manufactured by Citroen from 1934 to 1957. Natalie’s car was one of the earlier models, having been made in 1936 at the Quai de Javel car plant in Paris. A left hand drive, the car is the limousine version and offers that little bit of classic luxury – as well as being able to accommodate a driver and up to 5 passengers.
Natalie’s bridesmaids were transported in the Citroen Traction Avant Light 15 model, manufactured between 1934 and 1957. The car – a right hand drive - was made in 1949 at the Slough factory and is admired for its stylish design, red leather seats and wooden dashboard and trim. It seats 3 passengers along with a driver.
Andy Fairchild, Footman James’ Managing Director said : “We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Natalie and Chris and wish them many long and happy years together. Vintage cars are synonymous with weddings and are part of the special atmosphere at such happy events.
“Natalie has a great love and enthusiasm for vintage vehicles and her choice of cars illustrated this. Well done to them both!”
Both cars were hired from Avant Wedding Cars, based in Swindon.
The wedding between groom Chris and Natalie took place at St Mary’s Church in Kingswinford, followed by a reception at the Mercure Kidderminster Hotel in Bewdley.