Dad and daughter arrive in a tractor on her wedding day
Forget father of the bride – this is the FARMER of the bride! Meet the dad and daughter duo who drove TRACTORS on her wedding day.
When farmer’s daughter Ruth Stanley got engaged, she knew she wanted her special day to pay tribute to her farming background – so she decided to include a quirky farming touch.
Shunning traditional wedding transport, Ruth’s dad John drove her to the church in his red Case Quadtrac heavy cultivation tractor, decked out with yellow ribbon.
The pair attracted wide-eyed stares as they chugged through the sleepy village of Eastwell, in Leicestershire.
Even more incredibly, when the newlyweds emerged from the church Ruth, 41, decided to drive her new hubby Pete Finn, 47, to their reception at a nearby pub in her parents’ yellow JCB Fastrac tractor.
Ruth, a marketing manager for an agricultural company who worked on the farm full-time until five years ago, said: “I’m a farmer’s daughter, and farming is in my blood.
“So it was really important for me to include it in my wedding day.
“I wouldn’t have felt comfortable driving to and from church in anything else – it was a no-brainer.
“The tractors really made a spectacle of the day, and everybody loved it.
“Nobody knew it was happening until a couple of guests saw us coming up the road – then they went and told everyone in the church, and everyone rushed outside to see us driving up the road in a big tractor.
“We held up traffic as I got out, people were waving and tooting – it’s not something you see every day!
“After the ceremony, we had a big procession from the church to the reception venue – no one wanted to leave until they’d seen us drive off in the tractor, so everyone followed us.
“It must have been quite a sight, us all parading through the small village.
“Our reception was at a local pub, and we had to park up the tractor in the pub car park.”
Staying true to her farming roots, seventh generation family farmer Ruth has kept her own surname to keep the family tradition alive.
She added: “Pete is not from a farming background, and before he met me he hadn’t been involved with farming or tractors of any type or kind.
“So meeting me was a bit of a culture shock for him – and he was quite surprised that he was being driven to our reception in a tractor!
“We’re both now living at my family farm – it’s quite a change for him, but Pete’s taken to country life really well.”