Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding Real Weddings features.

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Down by the river

Down by the river

Jodie and Michael first met more than ten years ago, becoming friends for a few years before they started dating. "We lost touch and then met up again in a pub a few years later and our relationship developed from there," Jodie tells us. The couple became engaged during a surprise proposal in Paris for Jodie's 27th birthday. "Michael proposed the night before my birthday on the Pont des Arts," Jodie says. "He had planned a surprise trip and the first I knew about it was when we arrived at the airport - it was a complete surprise, I had no idea!"... read more

Vintage vibes

Vintage vibes

Annette and Will met when they belonged to the same rugby club. "We both still attend to this day and it's a big part of our lives, Annette tells us. "When I first met him, I loved how laid-back Will was (and still is) and we enjoyed shared interests including sport and a love of good food and the great outdoors."... read more

Ahoy there!

Ahoy there!

Anna and Justin have known one another since they were 18 years old. "Justin is my best friend's brother," Anna tells us. "We lost contact and got back in touch at her wedding and our relationship developed from there."... read more

Small and chic

Small and chic

Georgina and Sami met at secondary school when they were 17. "Every weekend there used to be parties where we'd see each other, however, we didn't get on back then!" Georgina tells us. "He asked for my number once and I said no but he got it from a mutual friend anyway. We started talking and the rest, as they say, is history!"... read more

Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland

Rachel and Dan met online and enjoyed their first date at a coffee shop. "I wore my gym clothes and Dan turned up in shorts and a t-shirt, it was all very relaxed," Rachel tells us. "I was attracted to Dan's easy-going nature and he liked my sense of humour and the fact that I was always smiling." The couple became engaged after just a couple of months of dating. "Dan told me on our third date that he was going to marry me, and kept telling me it frequently after that!" Rachel says.... read more

A winter's tale

A winter's tale

Rebecca and Tom met in halls of residence during their first year of university. "We were in the same friendship group during our fourth year and by the end of it, we had become a couple," Rebecca tells us. "We both had similar interests and enjoyed spending time together. Tom will deny it, but he played the long game and it paid off!"... read more

A modern-day fairytale

A modern-day fairytale

Aaron and Jordan met at the beginning of 2016 on a dating website. "Things progressed quickly with Jordan moving in after just one month and we haven't looked back since," Aaron tells us. The couple became engaged after two years during a romantic proposal at home. "I asked Jordan to marry me," Aaron says. "I had run him a hot bath and jumped in too! I asked him whether he ever wanted to get married to which he replied yes so I grabbed the ring that I had previously hidden behind a shampoo bottle and popped the question - he said "yes" straight away!"... read more

Floral abundance

Floral abundance

In keeping with an English country garden theme, Ben and Ellie's day was awash with colour and blooms. Ellie and Ben met during their first week at Durham University and became friends immediately. "A few months later friendship grew into more, and the rest is history," shares Ellie. When back in the UK from their current Dubai residence in 2018, Ben popped the question while on a nostalgic trip back to Durham. "We had planned to go up to Durham for a couple of days as a bit of a nostalgic trip down memory lane," recalls Ellie. "While we were there, we took a walk to a hill which was really special to us during our university days, overlooking Durham Cathedral, and that's where Ben popped the question."... read more

Sallie and Jared: Childhood sweethearts

Sallie and Jared: Childhood sweethearts

Sallie and Jared's big day had a pretty sage and natural colour palette. Jared and Sallie met while they were at secondary school, after friendship and romance blossomed Jared's proposal came as a complete surprise. "We were on a pre-Christmas getaway in Florence, we were over looking the city and it was a beautiful sunny winter's day," recalls Sallie. The date was set 13th April, 2019, and Furtho Manor Farm provided the perfect backdrop.... read more

Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

Laura and Dan had the perfect Christmas wedding at the King's Chapel, Old Amersham. Laura and Dan met through work, and had known each other for about three years before they started seeing each other. "Once we got talking properly, I realised how kind, funny and confident she was," says Dan. "She is always so relaxed and great to be around. We became very close very quickly, going on a holiday to Mexico within a few months of being together, and that holiday really proved what we already suspected, that we were a perfect match".... read more

Rustic romance for Kate and Gary

Rustic romance for Kate and Gary

Rustic romance: Kate and Gary tied the knot at Lillibrooke Manor. Kate and Gary met at a New Year's Eve party at a friend's house in 2014. "It was like a school disco at first where the girls were on one side and the boys were on the other!" laughs Kate. "But then we got talking, realised we had a lot in common and just clicked. We started messaging the next day and then had our first date at an Italian restaurant two weeks later."... read more

Just the two of us

Just the two of us

Amy and Michael's big day was certainly styled to perfection. Amy and Michael's history dates back to school where they first met through a mutual friend. Fast-forward four years, and the duo bumped into each other on a night out. "We shared our first kiss that night outside Primark (classy) and the rest is history!" shares Amy.... read more

We've only just begun

We've only just begun

Kimberley and Nathan started married life as they mean to go on, with a wonderful day at the Crowne Plaza in Marlow... read more

High spirits

High spirits

The change in the weather didn't dampen Simi and Duncan's mood for their big day at The Elephant Hotel, Pangbourne... read more

Tears and laughter

Tears and laughter

Stephanie and James had an emotional, fun-filled wedding at Lains Barn... read more

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