Mossie is the official wedding chauffeur at the Kenmare Bay Hotel. We provide a complimentary Silver Crysler Wedding Car to all our couples and Mossie, of course, is part of the package. We did a bit of a Q&A with him recently and find out what he had to say.
Tell us a bit about the car? I have the pleasure of driving a Silver Crysler 3L, a very popular wedding car these days. It is owned by the hotel and is offered Complimentary to all couples. Of course I come with the car al
What makes the Crysler the perfect Wedding Car? – The Crysler is stylish and very comfortable and is a very popular wedding car in general. It offers loads of leg room and plenty of space (especially for those big wedding dresses)
You obviously take great pride in the car and how it looks. What’s the routine prior to a wedding? – For every wedding, it gets a full clean and polish inside and out. I am very fussy about the little detail and I always make sure it is gleaming whatever the weather. I take pride in giving each couple nothing but the best so you could see me with my mini vacuum the morning of the wedding doing the final touches.
How long have you been working as the wedding chauffeur? – I have been working with the Kenmare Bay Hotel as the Chauffeur for 8 years. My wife also works as the Wedding Supervisor so we share a passion for the Wedding side of things.
What’s the furthest distance you’ve travelled as a wedding chauffeur?- I have travelled all over Kerry and Cork and even parts of Limerick but the furthest distance would probably have been is Carrigaline in Cork.
Can you tell us about your most interesting passenger/wedding? – There was one time I had a bride who had to put her dress out into passenger seat. It was so big I could hardly see the road. It was an exciting journey to say the least.
In the ‘tradition’ of brides being late for the ceremony, what’s the latest a bride has ever been when travelling with you? – The latest would probably have been 40 minutes. Generally our brides like to keep to a schedule and I am happy once they are happy.
Have you ever had a breakdown/flat tyre or that sort of thing en route?- You can never avoid some things like a flat tyre but we always have a Plan B and thankfully we have never missed a wedding. I would carry the bride to the church if I had to. “Mossie will not leave you down” is my motto.
What has been your most eventful or unusual journey as a wedding chauffeur? – My most memorable moment would have to be the time we were all set to leave a bride’s house and suddenly we got a call from the groom who had been delayed getting to the church because there was a motor rally on in the area. After more then 30 minutes, we got word that he had landed.
The bride sat in the front seat beside me with her mother in the back of the car. When I asked would she not prefer to sit with her mom, she replied ‘Put the boot down and drive as fast as you can’. I made sure all seatbelts were fastened and put my driving skills to work as my bridal co-driver directed the way. After a while she informed me she had a Garda escort organised. I asked was she joking… and as we were approaching a roundabout in Killarney town, a Garda car appeared from nowhere complete with flashing lights and siren blaring. He signalled me to get behind him as we drove through every red light and traffic jam until we arrived at the church. The bride really enjoyed it though I think her mother said a few decades of the rosary in the back seat too! We had a great laugh over it for the rest of the day and it was finally revealed to me the groom was a member of the Gardaí himself.
Have you ever had to stop on the way to the ceremony? Why?- Some of the brides are super organised and will be out the door before they need to. The odd time we would have to take the long way to the church or stop up completely as we would be too early. That’s never a bad thing though as the chat is always great and I love to see the excitement build.
Do you offer last minute words of advice for brides on their way to the ceremony? If so, what?- I must say that most brides are calm and focused on the job at hand but if any bride does look a bit nervous, I tell her how beautiful she looks, that it is a stroll in the park and the next time I see her, she will be a married woman. I try to crack a joke or too also and that seems to really help.
What’s your favourite aspect of the job? Being in the bride’s house before the wedding chatting with her family over a nice cup of tea. The job also sends me to the most beautiful places including those I have never been before – and of course I enjoy the drive. Obviously I love meeting the couple too and getting to share in such a special and intimate part of their day.