Abbey Weddings have been established for over 30 years. Heres the story of how it all began.
It was a hot summers July day, I was standing outside the Church, as an Usher for my sisters wedding waiting for her to arrive. The sun glinted off the vintage Rolls Royce as it gracefully pulled in and everybody rushed to greet her. The door opened and the photographer and video guy started filming and in that moment I knew what I wanted to do.
Within a week I had brought my first car, an old brown diesel Mercedes (not quite the vintage Rolls Royce!) but I had it sprayed white and used it as a taxi in the day time and wedding car at the weekends. I took a loan out and bought my first Rolls Royce a few weeks later.
An old blue Shadow which again I had sprayed white. It helped knowing an affordable painter. A local wedding car company started using me for their surplus bookings enabling the funds for a second Rolls Royce. Every penny was saved and put back into the business. Within a couple of years I had started to own an impressive fleet of wedding cars.
I soon realised that our bride and grooms wanted more services. There was no internet in those days, so I used to watch photographers and video cameramen at work at the weddings I attended as a driver. I approached the best ones and asked if they would be interested in working for me. I quickly built up a team of top people.
We effortlessly expanded into wedding photography, videography and DJs. Our aim was to be the best wedding company in Essex, providing top quality service with affordable prices.
Soon wedding venues in Essex and shops contacted me to supply their clients as we could do everything under one roof at a reasonable price. Since then we have appeared on TV several times, shot celebrity weddings, and have often featured in magazines and newspapers.
What started out from one Mercedes quickly turned into one of the biggest wedding companies in Essex. My favourite quote " Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you will still end up amongst the stars!"
Best Wishes Gary
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