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Tim O'Loughlin and Amy Chappell use a fleet of JCB tractors for their wedding at St George's in Benenden near Tenterden

By Matt Leclere

As wedding transport goes how about a fleet of JCB tractors?

That was exactly how Tim O’Loughlin decided to arrive and whisk away his new bride Amy Chappell at the couple’s wedding in Benenden last Saturday.

Tim, who works as an agricultural contractor, has grown up driving the machines for most of his life and both his parents are farmers.

Tim said: “I’ve driven these the length and breadth of the country and spent most of my working life in them so thought ‘why not bring them to the wedding too’.”

One of his ushers suggested Tim and his best man Rory Snell arrived in one but that just gave Tim the idea that they should all come in one so got all three.

“I didn’t know if it was going to be gimmicky or a bit tacky but everyone loved it,” Tim adds.

“My wife loved it and it was her idea to go to the reception at Pullington Fold Farm just a mile up the road.

Tim O'Loughlin and and best man Rory Snell. Picture Paul Amos

Tim O'Loughlin and and best man Rory Snell. Picture: Paul Amos

“They were a feature at the reception and all the kids could climb all over them. It was a wedding and an agricultural show.”

Along with their two-year-old son, Harry, they sat in the cab posing for photos before Tim and Amy escorted with the groomsmen to the reception.

They were in real danger of becoming the stars of the day and not only at Tim and Amy’s own wedding.

“We almost stole the thunder at this wedding in Tenterden driving through.

Tim, Amy and their son Harry ready to head to the reception

Tim, Amy and their son Harry ready to head to the reception

“People realised we were bowed up for a wedding and that there were three of us and all the cameras started turning. It was only for 10 seconds though.

“It was fantastic and absolutely brilliant and couldn’t have asked for a better wedding.

“It’s going to be hard to beat. My best mate is getting married and he’s said ‘thanks mate I’ve got to work really hard now.”

Tim added: “She loved it and without even thinking about it said yes.

“All she was worried about was about getting to the church and she was more excited about leaving the church in them.”


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