In the summer of 2012 Pear Tree Weddings, home of vintage and classic wedding VWs, decided it was time to completely restore a VW campervan! Having refurbished and tinkered with several other VW Campervans we thought that we should design our own, luxurious, sumptuous and rather stunning wedding camper….. we wanted to create the most beautiful bespoke wedding VW in the UK.
To start with we needed a completely blank canvas to work with, and hidden in a barn on Beaver Street, San Fernando, California was a totally original 1958 split screen bus. Having been hidden in the barn for 15 years the VW wasn’t going anywhere accept on the back of a lorry, then on a ferry over to the UK……which is when we first met & fell in love with our campervan, who would be the oldest bespoke wedding camper van in the UK!
Pear Tree Weddings already had the fabulous Wilson, a 1960 two tone cream split screen campervan….. so we decided Morris should be in the same colours to co-ordinate perfectly with Wilson. However inside we designed Morris to be a little more plush – with hand crafted, rounded, Champagne unit, a beautifully hand carved Champagne glasses shelf, tiny integral spot lights as well as sumptuous upholstery.
First things first though, Morris’s panels had to be completely hand beaten to ensure they were perfectly smooth, only one panel had to be replaced – and behind that panel the restoration team found a tin of American coins, as well as a distress flare!
By spring 2013 Morris was looking stunning, we had a party to celebrate his arrival, and brides & grooms who had him booked for their weddings came along to meet him! Morris has drawn a lot of attention since, featuring in several national magazine articles! Morris’s first wedding was in April 2013, and since then he has been an incredibly busy chap. And when you do get your day with him……. have a little look at the shelf behind the driver’s seat, you’ll find those American coins have been set in to the wood!