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Bordello Banquets at Mill End Mitcheldean

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Magic MirrorSo …we were lucky enough to sample the delights of Bordello Banquets this weekend with our  Magic Mirror .  This exquisite venue in the heart of the forest of Dean plays host to hen parties, corporate events and family holidays  A stunning 14 century half timbered building tastefully restored and just oozing character from every nook and cranny! The hens had a ball choosing props and throwing  poses together…. Result some fabulous photos memories for them to take home and cherish forever.  Until next time Mill End! ……

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Magic mirror booth…Our first outing :)

We want to say a HUGE THANK  YOU to Katie Graef & Tom Graef for having us at your Beautiful Wedding.

There couldn’t of been a more magical place to premier our Magic Mirror booth

More Photo’s in our gallery  beautiful people !
HAPPY MINI MOON to the lovely couple <3

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Katie Graef : ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Our wedding would not have been the same without this fantastic piece of equipment.. The team were absolutely amazing to boot 🙂 some fab shots, laughs and best of all my guests got to take away some amazing personalised printed photos! I will definitely recommend this to everyone  🙂  thank you so much!

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History of Wanda our vintage Citroen h van

Our Citroen h van Wanda started life as a fire engine in Versailles, France. She was shipped over from France to the Uk in 2005 ready to start her new life. Built in 1965 she boasts a well maintained 1.9 Andre Citroen engine and a 3 speed gear box that takes her to the breath taking speed of….45mph! Yes you heard right, a stunning 45mph (downhill with a good tail wind!)  She has a good strong chassis and all her original panels.

We bought her at the beginning of 2016 from Fred “The Chocolate Musketeer” A very nice gent who had owned her for 10 years and used her as an extension to his already

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thriving chocolate shop. Taking her on outings to vintage car rallies, fetes and festivals to show her off and sell their wares. When it came to parting company with his much loved friend, there was a tear in his eye…end of an era but the beginning of a new journey for us! And I would like to think Fred felt he had made the right decision to sell to us as we pottered off down what felt like the middle of the road! (Driving a left hand drive felt alien to me at first!

 

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Rubbing down body work
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Interior Restoration

It took 4 months of painstaking hard labour to get her in tip top condition. Endless days of rubbing down body work mending rusty bits and fixing holes. Fred had maintained her well though, and kept her snug in a barn all those years so rust was certainly not plentiful. Surprisingly she had very little filler hidden under the old paintwork so this was really not an issue either.

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Oak faced panelling ceiling in place…
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Panelling on walls and ceiling complete

With the exterior coming along nicely our Joiner (Paul) set to work on the inside. Ripping out all the old shelving and appliances so we could begin with a blank canvas. Measurements were taken, wood was purchased and the project got under way in earnest. It soon dawned on us that a project of this scale and magnitude seems to take on a life of its own…. Curves, wobbly walls and uneven surfaces dominated our every waking Hour. Thank god for a super talented and patient joiner, bribed and cajoled with countless cups of tea and chocolate hob knobs (other biscuits available )