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Real Words from Real Brides – Our 5* Reviews in Words and Pictures

I’m proud to say that my business is in its 7th year now.  Word of mouth and a great presence on social media mean that I rarely go to wedding fairs or advertise these days.  However, if you would like to meet me and the car in person, I’d love to tell you more. Or you can read more about us both in our Expert Interview.  Don’t take my word for it, scroll down for some rave reviews from recent years and you’ll see some of the awesome feedback I get from couples. I pride myself on top-notch customer service, with the bride and groom as my number one priority, particularly the bride’s dress and hair! I promise that you and your guests will be completely blown away by my Ambassador’s quirky and fun vibe, giving your wedding a tongue-in-cheek nod to the past, whilst also being bang on trend for the vintage look.

Much Kushi Love

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I needed something really different for my globe-wandering daughter. We found Kushi Cars purely by chance but what a stroke of luck. The car and service were perfect and fitted so well with the bohemian vibe of my daughter’s wedding. Thank you so much. Steve, Father of the Bride, Cripps Barn

This car is spectacular, inside and out! So unique and full of character. Suzie was an absolute pleasure to deal with and kindly drove my dad and I from our cottage in the Cotswolds to my wedding Ceremony at Stone Barn. It was an amazing experience, one that I will never forget. Thank you Suzie for being part of our day, wishing you lots of success for the future! Naoise and Cam, Stone Barn xxxP1120205

Wow!!!! What a day!!!! ​Thank you for being an amazing lady and making our day so spectacular! Think the car was a definite highlight of our celebrations- and we loved the parking right outside the record shop! Superb. It made a brilliant talking point with our guests who also enjoyed having their photo’s taken during the reception. ​You were so lovely Suzie, calm collected, on the ball, and completely cool! The car attracted so much good will, smiles and positive attention on the day, it was an absolute joy to travel in. We loved it so much I think we would have quite happily spent our first wedding night in the car! The beautiful décor and not forgetting the gold sequins brought old school glamour to our wedding by the bucket load! Can we do it again next weekend? Kate & Dan, The Queens Hotel, Cheltenhamkatesoo

We booked Suzie and her gorgeous car to take us from the church to our reception venue and it was one of the best decisions we made! The car is absolutely beautiful inside and out, and Suzie is so professional and helpful. We were so pleased that we got to travel back to the Barn from Sudeley in it, as it felt like such a special journey and the car was perfect for it! The communication from Suzie was great as well, from booking through to checking details a few days before and then on the day itself – thank you so so much! We just wish we had another special occasion soon so we could travel in the car again! Hannah & Ed, Upcote Barn 332Hannah and Edwards Wedding (1280x854) 330Hannah and Edwards Wedding (854x1280)

Hi Suzie, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for being at mine and Matt’s wedding. We both just had the best day, despite the drizzle! I’ve attached a few photos we took with the car, which looked absolutely stunning by the way! 🙂 Thanks again.” Kirsty and Matt, Wellington BarnIMG_4864

“Thank you Suzie! We had the most amazing time and you were absolutely incredible. Thank you for doing (literally) EVERYTHING to help ensure that our day ran smoothly, absolutely nothing was too much trouble, even lifting me leg down into the car as I was some ‘restricted’ in my dress! It was a real nerve calmer driving with you, my Dad and Stepdad to the church, sharing jokes, laughing and giggling all the way. The car was a massive hit and is beautiful inside and out, just like it’s proud owner! We were truly honoured to have you as part of our day and Isla will be utterly delighted to hear that she has won ‘Flower Girl of the Year 2016’ (to be fair she was a bit good wasn’t she?!). We honestly could not have asked for anymore! xxxxx” Kate & Will, Elmore CourtP1120036

“My wonderful husband Alex booked Suzie and her lovely car to take me to our wedding. I had said I wasn’t that fussed about a car but my word, this was one of the best parts of the day! The car looked incredible and all my guests LOVED it, I felt awesome arriving to Cripps Stone Barn in it. Suzie made it though, she was such a delight and made myself and my parents feel so at ease in a moment of nervous knots. The drive was just lovely! Thank you so much Suzie and thank you for taking some gorgeous photos of us with your gorgeous car too xxx.” Jess & Alex, Stone BarnP1110990

“What a great way to start a wedding by travelling in the Ambassador. My daughter Jess got married on Saturday to her soulmate Alex and my husband Bill and I travelled with Jess in the car. It is a very special vehicle with a magic interior and outside classic lines. Suzie made the journey a joy and took us on the scenic route in the Cotswolds past the beautiful beech tree woods. I cannot recommend Kushi Cars more highly. I’m trying to think how I can get another ride without remarrying – but Mr Hughes might have something to say about that!” Barbara, Mother of the Bride, Stone Barn P1110970

Thank you so much for your wonderful car Suzie! What a fab surprise from my dad; having lived in India it was just perfect! You were so relaxing and lovely, helping me with my dress and bouquet and even having a mirror to hand! Thank you for helping make our day perfect!! Hope to see you around Cheltenham, Clare xxx The Barn at BerkeleyP1110807

What an absolutely fantastic car! Suzie was a pleasure to deal with and went the extra mile to tow my dream car to the wedding venue. It was the perfect carriage to spend our first moments as newly weds and I cannot recommend highly enough. One of the highlights of our special day x Kitzy & Carl, The Ashes Wedding Barn, Staffordshire P1110753

Myself and my husband hired Suzie and her beautiful Indian ambassador car for our wedding day and I can honestly say we were not disappointed! The car wowed us and our guests with its true unique style and the service which Suzie provided was on point! From timings to the bottles of water and sweets for the journey. I would not hesitate to recommend Kushi Cars to anyone wanting to wow on their special occasion. Sheila & Dan, Bristol Marriott Royal HotelP1110694

Hi Suzie! I’ve been meaning to send you this since we got our wedding photos just before Christmas but it just kept slipping my mind! I just think it perfectly sums up just how lovely you were and the extra miles you seemed to go to get me to my wedding safely and with dry hair! Thank You again and I hope you’re well! Fiona & Ash, Cripps Barn.Fi & Ash (65) (1)

We had a great couple of (wedding) days last weekend, really happy with how it all went. Your car was an added surprise that everyone loved! We’ve had so many people asking where the Ambassador was from and will be pointing them all in your direction. Farhana really enjoyed her journey to Bittenham with you, she says you were a really soothing presence. Farhana and Amit, Bittenham SpringsFarhana-Amit-Ace-30

Hi Suzie, just wanted to say a huge thank you for driving us to my wedding on 9th October. The car was amazing and you were so lovely. Nobby’s family absolutely loved the car. Thanks again! Love Jo and Nobby xxx P1110443

Shane and I would like to thank you Suzie for everything! Was a pleasure to meet you and to have a relaxing journey to our venue in your beautiful, little car with my Mum. Suzie, you were so friendly and put me at ease from the moment you helped me into the car with my dress. After the ceremony, Shane and I very much enjoyed our ride in the car. It allowed us some time together and for Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography and yourself to capture some moments of us away from all the excitement. It was just enough time for us to collect our thoughts and enjoy the rush of having just said our vows to one another before returning us to the party. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You were a significant part of making our wedding so fun, happy and memorable. Mr and Mrs Pargeter, Egypt Mill xPargeter Wedding (180 of 460) (2) (1280x852)

Hi Suzie we loved, loved, loved your photos!!! Thank you so much, your car was one of our favourite parts of the day. If you’d like us to write a little testimonial email me in a couple of weeks to remind me when we’re back. x  Sarah and Dips, Poundon House P1090159

Suzie thank you so much, the photos you took are lovely! You made it such a wonderful experience – it was a pleasure to drive to my wedding in your fantastic car!” Fiona & Ash – Cripps BarnP1110502

THANK YOU! It was wonderful to have you and the car as part of our wedding day. We LOVED IT (and you!) Love Jenny & Mark xxxjenny & mark-618

Hi Suzie, Thank you so much for everything on Saturday. You and your amazing car were just perfect! The photos you took look great, thanks so much for sharing with me. And so sorry again for having to take my chewing gum from me for the photos, you really will do anything for your clients! Thanks again, everyone absolutely loved the car and said how lovely you were too!” Laura & David, Stone BarnP1100698

Hey Suzie, Thanks so much for sending these through. It looks amazing, and we really, REALLY loved the experience. Thanks for driving round to us, we’re so glad we managed to get you and the car for our big day. I had loads of comments on the car and people were really impressed! Susi and AnandP1090388

We’re just back from honeymoon and to see all your fabulous photos from our wedding last month on Facebook. Thank you so much for sharing! We both wanted to send you a huge thank you for bringing your beautiful car to Wilton Castle and Broome Farm. Your calm and patient presence was so invaluable amongst all the chaos! And the photos from the car are absolutely incredible – I’m so glad we went with something a little different. We sent this email as a thank you to all our guests so we thought we’d send a special thanks to you as it wouldn’t have been the same without you! Big love” Ellie + Dan, Wilton Castle P1090467

Hi Suzie, Firstly, can I say thank you so much for the wonderful part you played in our special day. From helping me get into the car, to checking whether I’d removed my engagement ring and taking some of the best photos I’ve seen so far! The car is magical and went down a storm with all our guests. It really did add to the traveling theme of our wedding and I would highly recommend Kushi cars to everyone I know. Everybody warns you that you’ll feel a real low after it’s all over. To be honest, I had such a great time, I still feel elated. The one thing I do feel sad about is the relationships and friendships we formed with all the wonderful people that we met on the journey from he beginning to the actual wedding day, including you, are now at an end! Thank you once again! It would be great of you were able to find a minute to send me copies of those photos. Lots of love, xxx” Lindsay & Andy, Stone BarnIMG_4693

 

 

Hi Suzie! Thank you so much for helping make our day so special, all the guests were very impressed with your car and it was definitely a highlight of the day! The photos that you took are brilliant! I am so pleased that we found you as I didn’t want a ‘traditional’ wedding car and your car was absolutely perfect, it was such a joy to ride in it! We have been receiving photos from guests and your car features heavily in them! Everyone LOVED it! Vin especially loved driving it Thanks so much again for everything (and also for being so kind and bringing me a bottle of water! It was so thoughtful of you). Take care of yourself. Helen and Vin, Winkworth Farm P1090619

 

Sophie & Matt’s Cosy Cotswold Barn Wedding

The super sweet Sophie and Matt who were able to marry outside in the gardens of Cripps Barn​ We picked Sophie and her Dad up from The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns​ – and I’m pleased to say they loved the car! The ever so cute flower girls were our biggest fans too <3 Hhhmm, I really do have the best job, thank you.

Much Kushi Love
xx Suzie xx

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Laura & David’s Perfect Summer Cotswold Barn Wedding – July 2015

 

Wow, what a perfect day for Laura & David’s wedding at Stone Barn. Laura looked simply stunning in her vintage gown and Vivienne Westwood heels *want*. Their summer wedding was subtly peppered with a film theme, including movie quotes in large illuminated boxes. Super cool. Can’t wait to see the official pics Lee Robbins Photographic. In the meantime, you’ll have to put up with my snappy snaps…

Much Kushi love from us both and all the best you absolute gorgeous two!

xx Suzie xx

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My Expert Interview by SoGlosWeddings

Recently I gave an interview about how I started Kushi Cars.  I’m a woman chauffeur in what is predominantly a man’s world. Want to know why?  Read my ‘back story’ by SoGlosWeddings.

Much Kushi Love    

xx Suzie xx

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Suzie Goodman started up her own wedding car company five years ago when a random web search lead her to spot and buy the car from her own wedding. Based in Cheltenham, her unique and eye-catching Ambassador Classic car is available for couples hoping to bag a beautiful and distinctive wedding car for their big day.

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In this expert interview Suzie talks to SoGlosWeddings about what makes Kushi Cars such a perfect choice for wedding days and how to arrive in style.

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Tell us what made you start up Kushi Cars? I loved the car from my own wedding so much I decided to buy it! It was a huge leap of faith into the unknown and something no-one would ever expect me to do, least of all me. But I like to be different and I needed a business that could fit around my family.

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What does Kushi Cars mean? Kushi means ‘happiness’ in Hindi and sums up our ethos and brand perfectly. We bring happiness to everyone we meet because the car has a nostalgic 1950s look and an interior that is so incredible, it always raises a smile. I also chose Kushi because in English it evokes feelings of comfort and cosiness; something my car has plenty of.

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Tell us a bit about the car itself – what is it and how is it decorated? My car is an imported Ambassador from India based on the Morris Oxford. She is decorated in the Indian wedding style, so both bumpers are festooned with exotic flowers and her interior is lavished with rich fabrics of red and gold. Pretty much every inch inside is covered in sequins, beads and bells for that ‘Bollywood’ look. It is so over the top, it even has a chandelier on the ceiling!

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Do you personally drive the car for wedding hires? Yes, I always drive the car myself. When I first started Kushi Cars I thought that my husband might do some of the weddings but I love it so much that I couldn’t let anyone else do my job.

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Apart from the decorations, what makes Kushi Cars so unique? Not only is it rare to see women chauffeuring wedding cars in what is traditionally ‘a man’s world’, I like to offer an intimate, chatty and quite girly experience. I pride myself on reading my passengers’ moods, as often dad is nervous and quiet so I focus on the bride and her wedding. My job is to keep her calm which is generally achieved with a good old girly natter!

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What does hiring Kushi Cars include? Hire includes me as your driver for up to three hours. A typical wedding will start with collecting the bride and her dad from home and driving them to the wedding venue. I usually wait until after the ceremony so that they can have some photos with the car. I always work closely with their photographer to help them get the best shots. I know my car well and know what makes for the best photos.

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What is the best part of your job? Getting the bride to her wedding on time but in a way that’s fun and exciting. Nerves can play havoc with people on the day so it is my job to focus all my attention on my very important passengers.

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What is the most memorable moment you’ve had since starting Kushi Cars? Probably my first wedding. I was understandably nervous but couldn’t tell the bride that she was my first! It was a beautiful barn wedding out in the Cotswolds and remains one of my favourites. Afterwards they wrote to thank me and let me have their photos with the car. As someone who is paid to provide a service, getting a personal thank you is really special.

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Do you have a favourite Kushi Cars wedding? My favourites are when the bride and groom bring in both sides of their cultures. With Indo/Anglo fusion weddings, there’s an English church service in the morning followed by an Indian ceremony in the afternoon. There are two outfits for the bride and groom and afternoon tea is served between the two ceremonies. At these long weddings, I always get fed the most delicious curries!

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What’s the most unusual request you’ve had from a couple planning their wedding? As part of an Indo/Anglo fusion wedding last year, the priest asked me to drive over a coconut at the end of the Hindu ceremony. This is the final part of the two-hour long rituals and symbolises the removal of obstacles for their first journey as husband and wife. It was a bit of play acting and pantomime, but honestly the most fun.

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What’s the most romantic request you’ve ever had? I think one of the most romantic weddings was a couple who married on a quiet Monday at Cheltenham Registry Office. There was no photographer and no flowers; you could almost call it a ‘naked’ wedding. Don’t get me wrong, I love big all singing and dancing weddings but this one was stripped down to what it is, two people and their commitment to loving each other forever and ever.

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How many people can the car fit? How about brides with big meringue dresses? Easily three bridesmaids in the back and we can comfortably accommodate brides with ‘meringue’ dresses because Ambassadors have comfy, deep back seats. It’s one of the reasons I bought it. Often we have one in the front too, which means most of the bridal party get to experience riding in the most amazing car.

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Have you had any wedding day disasters, such as breakdowns, getting lost, burst tyres or last-minute jitters from the bride? Thankfully not many. I’ve had one bride burst into tears when she saw the church. I think the emotion of the build-up got to her. Luckily there was plenty of family around her to help and after five minutes she was marching down the aisle.

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Do you have any new and exciting plans for Kushi Cars in 2015? I’m planning on replacing the flowers on both the bumpers and having some of the interior re-done this year. It’s important that she looks her absolute best because of her very important job!

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Lindsay & Andy’s Wedding at Stone Barn – May 2014

Has to be THE best start to my week. Magical words from Friday’s bride that made me well up…

“Hi Suzie, Firstly, can I say thank you so much for the wonderful part you played in our special day. From helping me get into the car, to checking whether I’d removed my engagement ring and taking some of the best photos I’ve seen so far! The car is magical and went down a storm with all our guests. It really did add to the traveling theme of our wedding and I would highly recommend Kushi cars to everyone I know. Everybody warns you that you’ll feel a real low after it’s all over. To be honest, I had such a great time, I still feel elated. The one thing I do feel sad about is the relationships and friendships we formed with all the wonderful people that we met on the journey from he beginning to the actual wedding day, including you, are now at an end! Thank you once again! It would be great of you were able to find a minute to send me copies of those photos. Lots of love, Lindsay & Andy xxx”

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Congratulations to Lindsay and Andy from London who got married at the stunning Stone Barn. These two met travelling so the theme for their wedding was all the places they’d been together. Their honeymoon will take them on a road trip to California. Love 🙂

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Some very on-trend touches to their wedding don’t you think?  Oh, and all photos taken on my old iPhone4. Pretty good hey?!

Much Kushi Love,

xx Suzie xx

Ding Ding! All Change…Introducing Our New Name KUSHI CARS…

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My shiny new blog and how fitting that my first post should be about my new name!  From September 2013, we will be known as KUSHI CARS.  Kushi means ‘happiness’ in Hindi and I know that my Ambassador always makes people feel happy. In fact, she positively revels in giving weddings a special and quirky twist, as well as a show-stopping arrival for you as the bride.

If you’ve just found us and want to know more about our ‘back story’ (X Factor stylee!) then I shall begin…

As well as a couple of babies along the way, I gave birth to Kushi Cars in 2010 when a random Google search found that the car from my own wedding was for sale! Three years and dozens of weddings later, there’s still nothing like this car or concept (lady chauffeur anyone?!) around. 

Kushi Cars www.kushicars.co.uk are fabulously decorated Ambassador cars based on the Morris Oxford from the 1950’s.  Think of a Morris Minor, only much bigger and with a boot! Famous for their roominess, reliability and excellent suspension, Ambassadors are still widely used across the Indian sub-continent as taxis.

Looking for a car to hire for your wedding? At Kushi Cars our car is available to hire throughout Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

We’re happy to travel to: Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester, Tewskesbury, Swindon and Oxford.  We have also ventured as far as Bristol and Birmingham but prefer a gentle pootle on the A roads for such journeys.

xx Suzie xx

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