Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your Glos & Wilts Wedding Real Weddings features.

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Simply chic

Daisy and Alex met when they were introduced by a friend. " "We both lived a few hours apart but regularly made time to spend with each other and the rest is history!"

The couple became engaged during a holiday in Canada. "Alex asked me to marry him at the top of Sulphur Mountain as we exited the gondola," Daisy says. "It was a beautiful day and a wonderful surprise."

A winters tale

Beatrice and Andrew met on the dating app Bumble and enjoyed their first date in Cheltenham. "We instantly got along and felt very comfortable with each other," Beatrice tells us. "I could tell that he was a cheerful person which attracted me to him and Andrew tells me that he loved my smile and sense of humour."

The couple became engaged on 24th August 2020. "We had been out for dinner at Gallimores Kitchen in Cheltenham and decided to go for a wander around the Imperial Gardens which is where we had enjoyed our second date," Beatrice tells us. "Andrew got down on one knee and surprised me with a beautiful ring and those four words!"

A family affair

Alun and Ben met online. "We started chatting on a Saturday afternoon and decided to meet for a drink the day after. We wondered why there were so many couples out, both forgetting that it was Valentine's Day!" they tell us. "The first thing that attracted me to Ben was that on our first date, I paid him a compliment and he accepted it," Alun says. "I enjoyed how talkative and confident Alun was, he made the conversation seem effortless," adds Ben.

Marry me!

Kelly and Tim met via an online dating app in 2015. "It was a picture of him wearing an Exeter Chief headpiece after watching them play rugby that did it for me!" Kelly tells us. Tim adds, "It was Kelly's dark hair and signature red lipstick that caught my eye." The couple became engaged during a surprise proposal in New York on Kelly's 30th birthday. "We were so excited to visit the city ahead of Christmas but I had no idea that he was going to propose," Kelly tells us. "My birthday fell on the last day of our trip and we had an evening ticket booked to visit the Empire State Building.

Classical elegance

Ria and Connor met at university, six years before they got married. "Connor belonged to the football team and I was a cheerleader," Ria tells us. "As we got to know one another, I was attracted to his ambitious nature." The couple became engaged during a surprise proposal back in their university town where they first met. "Connor had planned a spa break," Ria says. "He recreated our first date, on the anniversary of it! After dinner and drinks, we walked along the beach where he proposed - I wasn't expecting it at all so it was a wonderful surprise."

Rural romance

Ashley and Daniel met at university in 2013. "We got chatting at a party and ended up talking for most of the night," the couple tell us. "The following day we went on a wonderful date where we enjoyed a walk along the beach followed by cocktails and a movie night. Our relationship developed from there."

A fine romance

Shaughney and Adam met at work when they were both teenagers. "Adam has a fantastic sense of humour and I loved his jokes," Shaughney tells us. "We added each other on social media, swapped numbers and arranged to meet up outside of work and have been together ever since." The couple became engaged during a holiday to New York for Shaughney's birthday. "It was our first full day in the city and we were both jet-lagged so decided to explore Central Park," Shaughney tells us. "Adam had always planned to pop the question next to the fountain featured in the Home Alone movie but he got stage fright because there were so many people around! His second idea was to rent a rowing boat for a trip on the lake in Central Park. He would not let me have control of the oars and ended up rowing us into a hedge! He then started searching through his bag and said 'I can't get down on one knee but...' at which point I interrupted him.

A fairytale day

Danielle and Adrian met 13 years ago whilst working for the same company in Bristol. "The very first time we met was when Adrian decided to take our team out for a thank you drink," Danielle tells us. "We got chatting and ended up drinking numerous bottles of flavoured Lambrini before dancing around poles and sharing a kiss in the basement of Reflex nightclub! Adrian was my line manager at one point, meaning that our early days of dating were spent in secret, which was exciting and kept us on our toes," Danielle reveals.

In full bloom

Lauren and Martin met at secondary school and lived near each other. "Martin was in the year above me but I used to pass him on the walk home every day and we had a few mutual friends so we gradually got to know each other," Lauren tells us. "We were friends for quite some time before we became a couple and I love the fact that our relationship is built on friendship." Lauren and Martin's younger sisters were also friends and wanted the couple to get married so that they would be related!

English country garden

Rachel and Patrick met at the University of Chichester. "We were in different years studying separate courses but were both heavily involved in the music department," Rachel tells us. "What started as a simple student flirtation turned into a nine-year relationship before we even became engaged." A surprise proposal took place on 1st February 2019. "Patrick hadn't chosen the date because he was waiting for the first snowy day of the new year. When we first started our relationship, it was during heavy snowfall," Rachel says..

Countryfile

Dee and Ben's wedding took place at the rustic-inspired Cripps Barn with a country theme brimming with soft, pastel colours. Dee and Ben met at Hartpury University in Gloucestershire. "He had come to the UK on a rugby exchange through his college in New Zealand and we were friends at first," Dee tells us. "It wasn't until Ben came back to the UK for the second time that our relationship began. We hung out together a few times and then, at my friend's fancy dress party, I realised that a half-naked Samoan dressed as Wonder Woman was the man for me!"

Snap happy

Wellington Barn in Calne, Wiltshire, was the ideal backdrop for Lisa and Marc's woodland forest theme. Lisa-Marie and Marc met on board the P&O cruise ship called Oceana when they were both working as photographers. "We were friends at first," Lisa tells us, "and I thought he was the funniest person ever!" After only two weeks of knowing each other, Marc was enticing the passengers to have their photographs taken and sending them over to Lisa telling them that she was his future wife!

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