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.

Just married

Stacey and Jake met through an online dating app. "As our first date, Jake took me for breakfast after one of my night shifts which was a real treat," Stacey tells us. "We became engaged during the week that we went into the first lockdown! It was very romantic because we were at home and Jake had asked my mum to call me as a distraction while he decorated our home with candles and flowers. He had Tale As Old As Time from Beauty And The Beast playing, which is my favourite Disney movie that ended up being the song I walked down the aisle to because we hired a string trio who played a beautiful arrangement for us."

Love train

Pippa and Ollie met in 2015 at their friend's wedding. "We moved in together in 2018 after enjoying a long-distance romance for three years," Pippa tells us. "Then, in 2019 our Fox Red Labrador who we named Juniper joined our family."

Ollie proposed to Pippa on the beach at Felixstow during the summer of 2019. "It was a wet and windy day and we were trying to introduce Juniper, who was a puppy at the time, to the sea," Pippa tells us.

Can't help falling in love

Maria and Callum met in a local pub in Abingdon after a mutual friend introduced them. "We began texting one another and then dating, and the rest is history! Maria tells us.

The couple became engaged during a surprise proposal on New Year's Eve. "After almost three years together, we went on holiday to Gran Canaria for a festive trip," Maria says. "On New Year's Eve, we visited the beach during the evening to watch the fireworks and as the clock struck midnight, Callum got down on one knee and presented me with a stunning ring. I said 'yes' instantly – it was the best surprise ever!"

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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.

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!"

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!"

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."

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.