Real weddings and wedding ideas

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

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The game of love

The game of love

Like so many happy relationships, Jess and David were friends before they got together. "We met through church and got to know each other really well," Jess says. "Things started to blossom and David asked me to go out with him in June 2006." The pair started talking about getting married, but David wasn't sure what style of ring Jess would like, so they decided to go ring shopping together. "We found the perfect rose quartz ring in Jody Cory jewellers," Jess remembers. "Unfortunately, they had to order it in, so that meant another two weeks of waiting for the proposal!" When they went to collect it, a pricing issue meant it took longer than expected, by which point the couple's chosen proposal spot, Prior Park, had closed. Google came to the rescue and they headed to Heaven's Gate beauty spot near Longleat, where David got down on one knee just as the sun was setting. Like so many happy relationships, Jess and David were friends before they got together. "We met through church and got to know each other really well," Jess says. "Things started to blossom and David asked me to go out with him in June 2006."The pair started talking about getting married, but David wasn't sure what style of ring Jess would like, so they decided to go ring shopping together. "We found the perfect rose quartz ring in Jody Cory jewellers," Jess remembers. "Unfortunately, they had to order it in, so that meant another two weeks of waiting for the proposal!" When they went to collect it, a pricing issue meant it took longer than expected, by which point the couple's chosen proposal spot, Prior Park, had closed. Google came to the rescue and they headed to Heaven's Gate beauty spot near Longleat, where David got down on one knee just as the sun was setting.... read more

A country-chic celebration in The West Country

A country-chic celebration in The West Country

When Krishna and Phil met on a beach in Croatia, they knew their lives were about to change. "We fell for each other straight away," Krishna says. Five years into their relationship, they planned an epic trip to Iceland to celebrate their anniversary. "I've always wanted to go there," Krishna says. "On the second day, Phil arranged for us to visit the Blue Lagoon at sunrise. He booked a private spa area, and with no one else around, he got down on one knee after carrying the ring around in his robe!"... read more

Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Despite taking the same physics course at Bath university, Charlotte and Tom actually met through mutual friends. "We hadn't crossed paths before because I was much better at attending lectures than Tom," Charlotte laughs. The pair soon became inseparable, and ten years later, Tom planned a surprise trip to Bath – the city where they met.... read more

Tailored to perfection

Tailored to perfection

We just adore this wedding, so we had to find out more about the couple behind it. Neil and Matt got together during their early twenties in 2003, but they didn't get engaged until 2018. "Despite the constant hints, Matt's proposal was a complete surprise!" Neil laughs. "We were spending Christmas and New Year on an amazing holiday in Japan; it was in the Japanese Alps on Christmas Day that Matt popped the question." But it wasn't a traditional proposal,..... read more

La dolce vita

La dolce vita

Taking inspiration from Dolce & Gabbana and the films of Wes Anderson, Charlotte and Mark planned the most epic wedding at Arnos Vale Cemetery. We can't get enough of this gorgeous wedding – you had us at Dolce & Gabanna! The awesome Mark and Charlotte pulled in influences from all of their favourite things to create a day that truly reflected them.... read more

Enchanted forest with Nikki and Rich

Enchanted forest with Nikki and Rich

Nikki and Rich's day was brimming with whimsical touches. Nikki and Richard have always felt at home together. "We chatted after matching on a dating website," Nikki says. "We had so much in common that we felt like we knew each other even before our first date." There was never a dull moment between them – so it was no surprise that Rich was soon thinking about popping the question.... read more

Home is where the heart is for Georgie and Matt

Home is where the heart is for Georgie and Matt

Georgie and Matt planned a perfectly personal celebration. After meeting at university, Georgie and Matt were friends for a year before sparks started to fly. Georgie tells us, "The more time we spent together, the more we realised we had the same values, morals and sense of humour." It was when her best friend told Matt on a night out that Georgie had feelings for him that their relationship turned into something more.... read more

Storybook love

Storybook love

Arnos Vale provided a fabulous backdrop for Georgina and Arthur's big day. Georgina and Arthur's relationship didn't start out like a fairytale. "We met 12 years ago at work," Georgina tells us. "We didn't get on at first and took great pleasure in antagonising each other!" Somewhere along the line they realised that maybe they didn't dislike each other at all – although they still like to wind each other up!... read more

Perfectly personal

Perfectly personal

Neil and Daniella held a wonderfully intimate celebration at the Roman Baths. Daniella was extremely shy when she first started her job, so it took five years before she eventually got chatting to Neil. "Once we started talking, the rest was history," she tells us.In March 2018, the pair had planned a weekend in Florence, but due to heavy snow the flight was cancelled. Although Daniella was unaware why, Neil was intent on going away that weekend. "He managed to change our flights," she remembers. "We went from a different airport to Marrakesh. I had no idea he was planning to pop the question!"... read more

True romance

True romance

Amy and Matt filled their wedding with personal touches. Amy's first memory of Matt was when he was questioning her taste in music at a jukebox! "Over time, we seemed to come in and out of each other's lives," Amy says. "We would always gravitate towards each other." In 2013, they met at a music festival, but this time things seemed different. It was only when their mutual friend got involved that they realised they were right for each other.... read more

True romance at Coombe Lodge

True romance at Coombe Lodge

True romance: Tia and Lee's Coombe Lodge wedding was accented with pretty blush styling... read more

Around the world

Around the world

Lisa and Dave opted for a travel-themed celebration at Quantock Lakes... read more

Our day to remember

Our day to remember

A day to remember: Aldwick Estate was the perfect wintry big-day backdrop for Amber and Nathan.... read more

It's rustic romance

It's rustic romance

Rustic romance: Aldwick Estate provided the beautiful backdrop for Vicki and Luke's celebration.... read more

Colour pop

Colour pop

Georgie and Ed's day was a riot of pink and coral.... read more

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