Bertie’s had a makeover!

I’ve been super slack on the blogging front lately. I’ve been so wrapped up in the last little bits of planning and I’m still wading through finishing off alllllll the details. I know it will be worth it in the end but I think that my constant quest for perfection (which of course doesn’t exist) puts unnecessary pressure on our wedding and me.

One job jobbed this week was Bertie’s makeover. We decided that my dad and I would head to the ceremony in my car, Bertie Beetle, as he’s cute and quirky. However, our lack of accommodation for Bertie and the cold harsh winters we’ve had recently have taken their toll on him. We decided to splash the cash that we would have spent to rent some swish wheels for a few hours on giving out little love bug a revamp.

I dropped him off at the VW Spa in Welling on Monday morning looking like this (with rust galore and a few car park dents on his front wings)…

And he came back on Saturday morning with new cream side panels and a shiny new wing…

I love his new look! After all the stress and tears of this week his little refurb has really put a smile on my face. He’s already received several kind comments; one at the tip and one in Tesco’s car park – yes my life is that glam.

My dad and Garry were tasked with buffing him today, to ensure that he gleams on the big day, but all AutoGlym activity was rained off, much to their delight might I add (lazy boys).

I can’t wait to decorate him with the flower garlands and ivory ribbons that I’ve purchased especially for the wedding. I think that he’s going to do us all proud in just under two weeks.

Happy blogging everyone…

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Lex from Rockabetty
    9 years ago

    I’m in love!! He’s gorgeous! May have to borrow him for a shoot in the future!! x

    • Loulabelle
      9 years ago

      Sorry for the late rpely, it was manic before the wedding and I was just browsing back over things and saw this!

      YES! Absolutely, he’s yours when you want him… Just give me a few days notice so I can buff his old green bits up :o) x

  • Claire
    9 years ago

    I love him. He’s so cute! And shiny. Something about a vw brings out my maternal instincts – doesn’t he look special. I’m soooo glad Bertie’s going to be taking you to the wedding!

    (I saw this blog post when it was a draft, just the title, and it made me smile – my cat’s called Bertie too.)

    As for blogging, time to focus on the big day and come back and tell us all about it when you’re done! Only two weeks to go now, how exciting. Put the internet down for now and enjoy every second, Lou (and Bertie!).

    Claire xxx

    • Loulabelle
      9 years ago

      Helloooooo! I was just browsing and saw that I hadn;t replied to these comments… How rude!!!

      Thanks, I am so chuffed with his new(ish) look. Everytime I get in him to pop to Sainsburys he makes me smile, and when he’s not misbehaving (he has a broken clutch at the mo) he purrs like a cat along the road. He did me proud on the wedding day! I was so glad to have him as my trusty (and slightly rusty) steed xxx

  • amy f
    9 years ago

    My ’78 Campervan is also called Bertie and he has also just been restored! (Except it took 2 1/2 years rather than 5 days as we DIY’d it – finished 2 weeks ago!!!)

    • Loulabelle
      9 years ago

      Oh wow! I would love to see him! I LOVE Campers but I’m not sure I’m skilled enough to drive one. Hats off to you on the DIY restoration, I love my Bertie but unfortunaely I don’t really have a clue about his mechanics x

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