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Hi I’m Amy, the owner and main driver of Lil & Blue. We provide adorable vintage fiat 500s for weddings, photoshoots and special occasions. We have two fabulous cars, Lily and Bluebell available for chauffeur driven hire. Our little cars are real head-turners attracting attention wherever they go. They bring so much fun and we love sharing their joy with couples on their big day!
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
I have always wanted to own a classic fiat 500. With it’s gorgeous good looks, fabulous retro features and adorable picnic basket what’s not to love?! In May 2019 I finally got my long held wish – off I went to a specialist in South London and I came home with not one but two! It was a a bit like buying a puppy. There were two there – how could I possibly buy one and not the other. The way they looked at me with those big headlight eyes! At first they were just meant as a hobby but like most of the country, the pandemic got me rethinking my priorities. When I was made redundant from my unfulfilling office job in the city, I found myself with a perfect opportunity. Finally I could do something I love (making people happy) with something I love (my wonderful feel-good fiats!). I launched my little business shortly after and haven’t looked back!
HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
After bundling the kids off to school I usually have a little moment where I reflect on how nice it is to be my own boss (and could watch day time tv for the next 3 hours if I wanted). Then I start panicking about how I am now my own boss and get quickly to work!. So it’s on with the emails, admin, website tweaking, instagramming and car fiddling. The wedding days really are the best days though. I love the excitement of prepping the cars, giving them a really good polish and getting them all decorated in whatever flower garlands or wreaths the couple have chosen. And then of course there’s seeing the look on their faces when you arrive to pick them up. It’s just such a brilliant feeling!
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Driving around in these fabulous little cars with a happy couple in the back and seeing people’s faces absolutely light up with joy as you drive by. The London weddings are really fun, they attract so much attention – tooting, clapping and cheering! It’s such a lovely feeling for my newly wed passengers to be at the centre of. There is something seriously therapeutic about these little cars. They instantly make people feel happy. I have lost count of how many people have said they want to give them a cuddle. I often wonder if I should start cuddle therapy sessions with them as an add-on for couples
AND WHAT IS THE WORST PART?
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
If it doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it.
WHAT WOULD YOU WANT COUPLES TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Our number one priority is giving couples a really fun, memorable experience on their wedding day. We want them to look back and smile when they think about how they travelled to and from their ceremony. We always say that anything is possible, just ask. We will go out of our way to deliver exactly what our couple wants from their wedding transportation. You wouldn’t believe some of the requests we have had!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?
Don’t get too bogged down with the details. These things don’t matter so much when it comes to the big day. The most important thing is that you and your guests have fun.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU DIDN’T WORK IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?
Maybe a yoga teacher (although I’d need a few year’s practice first to be good enough!)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR TIME OFF?
It’s a cliche I know, but it really is spending time with my family. I have two daughters, Summer and Poppy, and a very cheeky cockapoo called Kola who keep me busy. I also love to travel, do a bit of yoga and drink wine.
I’ve always wanted to do the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing to Moscow. That would be a total dream.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?
Hopefully with a rainbow worthy fleet of classic fiat 500s!! I would love to build up a collection of these gorgeous little cars – one in every colour!