Tiny chapel on wheels brings venue to couple tying the knot

A retired minister has built his own travelling chapel – hosting wedding services for as little as $100 (£66).

Bil Malbon’s ‘Tiny Chapel’ measures just 100 square foot and can accommodate up to 25 guests.

On Saturday the chapel will host its first full wedding service in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

The wedding will unite Patricia Moran and Josh Farrar.

The wedding will unite Patricia Moran and Josh Farrar

The wedding will unite Patricia Moran and Josh Farrar

Patricia said: “We knew from the beginning we wanted a small, intimate wedding with guest list of only close family members.

“Our search was coming up empty as I refused to pay over $500 to rent an over-sized location.

“Then we found the Tiny Chapel and I knew it was perfect.”

The tiny chapel can accommodate up to 25 guests

The tiny chapel can accommodate up to 25 guests

Bil, 59, came up with the idea for his retirement project in 2013 after stumbling across a website dedicated to building tiny houses.

Over the next few months, the minster, who has been officiating weddings since 1992, began attending housing workshops.

He began working on the project in April 2014 and completed his first ceremony, renewing the vows of Thom and Midge Stanton, in October.

Some key features of the chapel include a retractable spire which can be removed while on the road.

Packages start from $100 (£66) but hour-long services on a weekend are priced at $500 (£330).

Patricia said: "We knew from the beginning we wanted a small, intimate wedding with guest list of only close family members."

Patricia said: “We knew from the beginning we wanted a small, intimate wedding with guest list of only close family members.”

Bil said: “A little over ten years ago I started thinking about what I wanted to do when I retired from state government.

“I’d been officiating weddings since 1992 and decided I would build a grand wedding chapel.

“This is just our first year of business and the wedding season hasn’t really started yet.

“We have a few bookings already and our hopes are that as the weather warms up more couples planning tiny weddings give us a call.”

Bil Malbon's 'Tiny Chapel' measures just 100 square foot

Bil Malbon’s ‘Tiny Chapel’ measures just 100 square foot