About Us


VW Brides is the leading classic Volkswagen wedding car hire and Photography specialist in Kent.

We have been established since 2008 & are based in Whitstable, Kent. We pride ourselves on our professional, friendly, and exceptional customer service and always strive to meet and exceed our customers expectations. 

We are the proud owners of an original vintage 1973 VW Karmann Cabriolet Beetle and 1965 Splitscreen Campervan which are available for wedding, promotional and special occassion hire throughout Kent, the South East and surrounding areas. We also offer a unique and exceptional Photography package, provided by our award winning Photographer, Steve Wood. If you would like to know more about any of the services we offer please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.




meet our fantastic team..........

Dawnie - Founder, Owner & Chauffeur

Hi there, firstly thanks for taking the time to browse the VW Brides site. I'm Dawn, I'm 37 and live with my partner Steve and children in Whitstable, Kent. In 2008, after a long and successful career in the world of events and exhibition planning I felt it was time for something new, so I came up with the marvellous idea to combine my professional skills and passion for vintage VW's. At the time nobody was offering this type of gorgeous, quirky vehicle for hire in Kent. So I left exhibitions behind and set about establishing VW Brides, first with Belle, my beloved beetle, then with the addition of Marty, my gorgeous camper a year later. Since then I haven't looked back and VW Brides has become Kent's leading VW hire & photography specialist and i'm proud to say every day that "I love my job!"



Steve Wood - Photographer & Chauffeur

Hi I'm Steve, as you have read on Dawn's bio, I live with her and the family in Whitstable, Kent. I served 18 years in the British Army as a photographer where I was extremely lucky to travel the world with my camera. I was a regular contributor to international news agencies with my images, many books and even film. In 2010 I was the galant winner of the 'Best News Photographer' for the British Army. I left the military behind in November 2011 to spend more time with the family & focus on my wedding photography. Naturally it made sense to link my photography with Dawnie's VW hire to offer a unique and fantastic opportunity for our couples to book the whole package at a great rate. I do take bookings and shoot weddings independently but love the opportunity to work as a couple, as part of the VW Brides team.




Ian - Chauffeur

Ian is 33 and lives in Birchington with his partner Hayley and two boys Logan & Riley and crazy dog Duke. Ian is also Dawn's younger brother and will usually be the one to Chauffeur our bridal party's in Marty when Steve is booked as the Photographer. Ian has been Chauffeuring with VW Brides since 2010 so has lots of experience looking after our couples, their family and friends. Ian has all the essential skills and personality required to provide a professional, friendly and fun service to you on your big day.







Our iconic, gorgeous left hand drive 1973 Karmann Cabriolet Beetle started her life in the sunny climates of California. She has been fully refurbished and is in superb condition both inside and out. She is absolutely stunning and turns heads everywhere she goes with her white paint work, chrome trimmings and white wall tyres. For those glorious sunny days Belle has a fully retractable roof, which makes for stunning wedding photographs and the opportunity to arrive at your wedding in true retro style. If you're looking for the perfect transport for your wedding party, Belle and Marty are the perfect duo. 




Our super cool 1965 Splitscreen Camper van came to us from the warm, dry climate of Scottsdale, Arizona. He is full of character and has undergone extensive renovation and is in exceptional condition with his very bridal pastel mint & cream paintwork and complimentary interior.

Marty has been almost entirely rebuilt mechanically and drives like new. He has slightly lowered suspension, chrome trimmings and tinted front windows which complete his vintage styling.

Capable of carrying five passengers in comfort and style, Marty is the ideal transport for the groom and his party or indeed the bride and or her bridesmaids. Marty and Belle compliment each other perfectly and will guarantee to turn heads and raise a smile and a wave from passers by as you journey to your wedding venue.


Photography package

Here at VW Brides we are very proud to be able to offer our couples a very unique package, combining the hire of our stunning VW cars together with an exceptional and award winning Photographer.  Steve left the British Army in 2011 after 18 years of service, where he served 14 years as a professional military media photographer. Since then Steve has fast established himself as one of Kent's most sought after wedding photographers, he shoots in a photo documentary style, capturing natural moments of you and your guests and the story of your wedding day as it unfolds. You also have the convenience of dealing with one specialist company for your photography and car hire requirements and the confidence that you have a great team looking after you.



  • Your choice of VW vehicle/s*
  • Standard vehicle hire package: up to 4 hrs hire time ensuring plenty of time for travel and photo's. Ribbon, bows and flower garlands included - full details on our pricing page
  • Professional Photographer*
  • Exclusive hire of Photographer and vehicle/s for your wedding day
  • Pre-wedding meeting to talk through your wedding day plans
  • Complete wedding day coverage tailored to fit your timetable. Steve will be with you to cover your bridal preparations, through to cutting the cake and your first dance in the evening. If you require him for longer, no problem just let us know
  • You will get 200 images fully edited in hi resolution.
  • Images will be presented on a beautiful hand crafted, wooden, gift boxed USB stick (see example below)
  • Car hire and photography is covered by one simple fee - there are no hidden charges


  • ONE VW VEHICLE (BELLE OR MARTY) - PLUS - PHOTOGRAPHER (STEVE WOOD) = £1450 (to book Steve independently £1450)


Album Option

If you would like to have a beautiful high quality, professional wedding album made, you can upgrade to this at any time. Album prices start from £350 depending on the style of album you choose, but Steve will be happy to discuss and show the options available to you.  This is something that you can decide on at any point leading up to and after your wedding.

*The Photography Package is subject to the photographer and your vehicle/s of choice being available for your wedding date. Car hire and Photography can be booked separately but different rates will apply. Please send us an email enquiry or call to check availability.


To view lots more of Steve's work why don't you pop over to his own website at


Rates of Hire:


Single Trip (pick up to a single venue)

Belle = £290               Marty = £350               Belle & Marty = £590


Multi Trip (pick up to ceremony venue then onto reception)

Belle = £330       Marty = £390               Belle & Marty = £690


Photography Package

Belle or Marty + SW Photographer = £1450

Belle & Marty + SW Photographer = £1750

For full details of what's included in our Photography Package please visit our Photography page


What's included

You will have exclusive hire for your wedding day as it's our policy never to accept more than one booking per vehicle per day, ensuring that you have our full attention and up to 4 hours car hire commencing from the time of your first pick up departure. This should ensure that you have plenty of time for travel between venues, photographs etc. We will provide coloured ribbon and bows of your choice to match your theme together with a garland of ivy and cream flowers on the bumpers.  If you have any special requests, no matter how quirky, please let us know and we will always try to accommodate your ideas - we love a bit of originality.


We are more than happy to supply a celebratory beverage for you on your special day, just let us know your requirements upon booking. Alternatively if you would prefer to supply your own drinks that's absolutely fine and we'll be more than happy to supply glasses and a cooler.


Champagne = £15          Prosecco = £8          6 bottles of beer = £8           Sparkling Elderflower/Schloer = £3


If you require Prom, Promotional, Film or any other type of hire please contact us to let us know your requirements and we'll give you a bespoke quote

contact us

If you would like to enquire about the availability of Belle, Marty or our Photography Package for your wedding or special event please complete the enquiry form below or give us a call to discuss your requirements on - 07511 916586

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