Ok, you’ve read the headline and you already know what this blog is about. There is no point in building up anticipation with a lengthy introduction, prompting you to wonder what mode of transport the bride had chosen for her big day, only for it to be revealed after a couple of paragraphs of tension-escalating build-up.
On this particular day, with bright sunshine and clear blue skies, the bride arrived at her wedding in Cheshire in the side-car of a motorbike driven by her father. That was definitely the first time we at Original Crêpes had witnessed that particular mode of arrival!
At this point you are probably trying to form a picture of what she was wearing. Mentally, you are probably picturing a bride, perhaps with hair dyed a maroony-red colour, wearing thick black leathers, with a less-than-slight build, shall we say.
No. She was slim, blonde and wore a white wedding dress, complete with crash helmet accompaniment. It was quite a sight to see her clamber from the sidecar, believe me. I only wish we had a camera with us.
Obviously we were there for the early afternoon, serving crêpes as an alternative to canapes (something we often do at weddings) but she had also arrived at the church in this fashion. It turned out that her entire family were motorbike mad, and she worked in the family business which was connected to renovating classic motorbikes. They family (including the new addition – the groom, who was also a motorbike fanatic) all spent their holidays on the Isle of Man, watching the TT. (If we had known this, we would have encouraged them to hold the wedding there, as the Isle of Man is one place we have never attended a wedding with our mobile creperie.)
As usual, we were very popular on the day, with a large number of savoury crepes served to the assembled wedding guests, but it got us thinking: could we use a sidecar for our crepes station, instead of carrying all the equipment in a van?
In the end, we decided against the idea. It would certainly make things challenging in the rain. Or if we had to travel a long way, to Edinburgh or Exeter in Devon for instance. We would also have to rename the business, and we quite like the name Original Crêpes.
“Side-car Crepes” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.