THE boss of a wedding car business is going the extra mile to give couples the personal touch.
Steven Wilkinson transports brides and grooms to and from their wedding venues in vintage-style vehicles he has built himself.
The 40-year-old, who runs Exclusive Wedding Cars from a workshop and showroom in the Fir Tree garage, in Wingate, has created his fleet of six cars by hand.
The car, two Beaufords, two Bramwith limousines and two Badsworth Laundaulettes, travel all over the North-East to feature in couples’ big days.
The business was set up three years ago but he has just moved to new premises at the garage, in Durham Road.
Steven, who is dad to 14-year-old Sedgefield Community College student Ben, said: “Obviously I am proud to have a business, but the cars are a creation and to see their quality makes me really proud.
“A lot of wedding car companies just buy them from the manufacturer, whereas I build them – that makes them quite unique.
“It just stems from my love of cars really.”
He said he spent three years building his cars before starting his business.
To achieve his spectacular creations, he buys a brand-new chassis and body and adds vintage-style fittings and accessories, including a full interior of cream leather, to make them look as authentic as possible.
And Steven doesn’t follow designs – “I build them from ideas in my head,” he said.
“People love them wherever I go.”
Steven travels all over the country collecting pieces and parts for his cars and he has plans to build more in the future.
“I’m thinking about building another limousine,” added Steven, who lives in Wingate.
He said despite the recession, his business was still doing well.
“People are still going to get married even with the recession and I will still be supplying cars to brides for their special day,” he said.
“The wedding season is still going alright.”
Steven, who has three chauffeurs and two casual workers, said he hopes to establish the business further, including through increased promotion and on his website.
He said he is almost fully-booked every weekend for the wedding season so far.