Lovely Tonight: Our Getaway Car

Even though I was quite confident that our dance party could have continued well into the night, our evening did have to come to a close. Thankfully, we had a few plans to end the night with some sparkle”¦

We purchased extra long sparklers before the wedding to stage for our exit. If you are planning a sparkler exit for your getaway—DEFINITELY get these; the regular sized short sparklers that you use on the 4th of July will not last long enough for a grand exit and you will be left with smoky photos! Carlouel was nice enough to provide matches to light and buckets to dispose of our sparklers. After the DJ played the final song, he asked our guests to move towards the exit and line up outside for the sparkler excitement! Under the direction of our DOC, they formed a walkway for Mr. Buttons and I to walk through!




Here we come!




I’m sure you might be wondering what was waiting for us at the end of that sparkling walkway”¦it was our getaway car!


Setting up a getaway vehicle for our exit was a bit of a process. Mr. Buttons and I were staying at a hotel on the beach located only about a mile down the road from Carlouel. Realistically, it would have been extremely expensive to rent a car or hire a limo”¦to take us one mile down the road. We thought through a few different options: perhaps we could find someone with a really cool car that they would be willing to lend to us? No dice. One day, the manager at Carlouel mentioned that there was a man who owned a couple of old fashioned NYC cabs that run up and down Clearwater beach. Perfect! I scoured the Internet looking for his information, but came up empty handed; he wasn’t listed, as far as I could tell. The old fashioned cabs were a mystery to me”¦until the afternoon of my bachelorette party.

MOH L, BM K, and I were driving back to the beach house from the grocery store when”¦lo and behold”¦driving down the street in front of the beach house was my mystery man! The brakes on my car screeched as I put my car in park and literally jumped out and threw myself in front of the taxi cab, waving my arms like a mad lady. I procured his business card with contact information, and we scheduled him to arrive right before the end of our reception. This worked out fabulously for us, as we only had to pay for the ride duration, rather than paying for hours tat were unnecessary!

As fate would have it, the first cab’s battery died in front of Carlouel, so the second car in the fleet had to make an appearance to jump it! No matter—that meant we were able to get some fun photos!







Well, it was about time to hit the road”¦



We were off”¦as husband and wife”¦after a wonderful wedding day! And to top it all off, as soon as we got a few blocks down the road, Mr. Buttons and I heard the *pop* of a champagne cork. Our driver had purchased a bottle of champagne for us, and promptly handed back two bubbly glasses to enjoy! One final, private toast”¦to celebrate the two of us!

*photos courtesy of Pilster Photography*



Mrs. Buttons

Clearwater, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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  1. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:30 pm

    Love those cars! Seriously, an awesome old-school car never fails to attract me…I blame weddings.

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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 7:40 pm

    OMG, I love those cars! What great photos! We have the same dilemma. Our venue and hotel aren’t that far away and we are paying for the limo to drive people in the wedding party around before the ceremony soooo if we want a limo exit we have to pay for them to sit around for 6 hours. No dice! We will just take our own car back unless we can find something cool like you did!

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    amariem25 3753 posts, Honey bee @ 7:41 pm

    love it! it was nice of your driver to bring bubbly for you too!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:42 pm

    Aww – that was so nice that the driver gave you champagne! Love the sparkler exit!!!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:58 pm

    What a beautiful get-away! I love the car!

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:11 pm

    Lurve those sparklers. And the cars!! :)

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    PinkDeer 174 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:07 pm

    What size and where did you get your sparklers from? I am on the hunt for some as we speak!!! Thanks so much!!!!

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    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 9:16 pm

    What a cool impromptu photo shoot with the TWO old cabs :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:29 pm

    What a perfect getaway! The dead battery made for some great pictures and a fun story!

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:24 pm

    Our Rolls Royce driver gave us something to sip on as well… such a cool photo opportunity, old cars just exist for weddings!

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 1:02 am

    You clever woman! I love your getaway. And two thumbs up for a driver with champagne!

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    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:59 am

    SO FUN! I absolutely love the sparkler pics and those cab photos are drool-worthy. Who would’ve thought two NYC taxis could be so absolutely photogenic? I’m in love. You, of course, looked absolutely gorgeous!!! I don’t want your recaps to ever end.

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    Mrs.tobe 5274 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:34 am

    Those cab pics are FABULOUS!

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    Farfromachildbride 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:06 am

    How cute!! I love the cabs and your pics are fantastic. I must say, I kind of love the cab driver’s outfit even more… so rich!!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:39 am

    Those photos are amazing! I love that one of you guys in between the two cabs kissing!

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:40 am

    What a great way to make your exit!

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    Miss Winter 260 posts, Helper bee @ 8:53 am

    Fantastic pics w/ the cabs! Great way to end the night and drive off in style!

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    Miss Canaras 75 posts, Worker bee @ 9:24 am

    awww, that was so sweet of your driver to provide the champagne!! and love the sparklers and old cabs!!

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:38 am

    Having two cabs definitely made for some awesome photo ops! Awesome!!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:40 am

    What great photos!! Love the old-school cabs!

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    Lighter 68 posts, Worker bee @ 9:44 am

    love the sparklers!!!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:39 am

    The cab pictures are so cute!

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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:46 am

    What an awesome send off, I love the car!

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    Kate, Guest @ 11:31 am

    Aww, what a lovely post! I adore those photos, your getaway car, and the sparkler pics are just amazing!

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    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:47 pm

    dang that’s cute! I really love the photos of you two in between the two cars! What an awesome fun filled party!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 1:40 am

    Love love love your getaway pictures!

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 5:48 pm

    Those cabs are amazing!!

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:20 pm

    I have fallen hard for sparkler exits. yours looks so beautiful!

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    RedRoses2 72 posts, Worker bee @ 2:31 pm

    Oh, good point about getting longer sparklers…

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