YOU’VE probably heard of a shotgun wedding, but how about a Shogun wedding?
That’s what beaming bride Sophie Battley had when she married the love of her life, Luke Dixon at the Great Barn in Aynho, near Banbury in Oxfordshire.
With Sophie’s dad Mike a loyal customer at Firs Garage in Hook Norton, having purchased 30 Mitsubishi’s from them over the years and currently driving a Mitsubishi Shogun Browning* commercial, he decided it was time to call in a favour.
Dad Mike, from Hook Norton, spoke to dealer principal Dean Wood and his wife Sonya, who offered to drive two silver Shogun Browning's, complete with ribbons, on the day – one for the bride and her father and the other for five bridesmaids. Sophie’s mum followed on behind in her own car, which is, of course, a Mitsubishi Shogun.
Sophie, 28, a deputy headteacher in Yorkshire, who drives a Mitsubishi Colt convertible, said: ‘Dad is an avid customer of Mitsubishi so when we were talking about wedding cars he said ‘Instead of an old car or a limousine, what about getting a couple of Shoguns?’.
‘I said yes and they looked lovely with the ribbons round them. It’s nice that Firs Garage repaid our custom by helping us out’
But for Sophie, who grew up in Hook Norton, the journey to her wedding, with Dean as chauffeur for the day, wasn’t quite what she expected.
‘All the way there my dad was talking to Dean about cars,’ she laughed.
‘We had to drive round a couple of times because we were a little bit early and it was all about the cars, it was quite funny really.’
For her parents Mike and Jackie, who both drive Shoguns, the favour was appreciated.
Mike, an agronomist, said: ‘I told Dean he owed me a favour and the cars looked great. I don’t think Sonya could hear herself think with five bridesmaids in her one. We were talking about cars and shooting on the way so I did get told off.’
Dean Wood, dealer principal at Firs Garage, added: ‘Mike has been buying cars from us for 30 years so when he asked us for a favour we were more than happy to help.
‘The Shogun Browning vehicles looked great on the day and everyone was so happy that it was just nice to be part of it.’
For more details of Mitsubishi Browning special edition range and to arrange a test drive please contact the Firs sales team on telephone 01608 737349.
Press release dated July'13 - prepared by Mitsubishi Dealer PR