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!"

Jodie and Michael were due to get married in 2020 in South Wales where Jodie grew up but had to change their plans due to the restrictions in place because of the pandemic. “After four cancellations with venues, we decided to get married at Windsor Guildhall which is a public building that complied with the restrictions at the time,” Jodie explains. “When the government announced that receptions had to be held outside, the lovely team at Oakley Court were able to host us and provided the fantastic catering which everyone loved! We were just so relieved to get married because we were beginning to think that it wouldn’t happen!”

Windsor Guildhall "Our ceremony took place on the same day, and at the same time, that proceedings were beginning for HRH Prince Phillip's funeral which was happening next door at Windsor Castle.

At the altar
Walking down the aisle

Wedding car We deliberately left plenty of time to travel to our wedding because we anticipated lots of traffic but we arrived very early. As we left Windsor Guildhall, the press covering the funeral wanted to interview us so we made in onto the BBC news!" - Jodie and Michael

Champagne "Because we had to postpone our honeymoon due to the travel restrictions in place, we enjoyed a minimoon in Devon staying in the most beautiful cottage." – Jodie and Michael

Chaircover

The couple chose a vibrant green colour theme for their big day. "Our floral arrangements included foliage, gypsophila and stunning cream blooms," Jodie says. "They were created by my friend's mum Amanda who owners Paper Rose Events. She filled round hat boxes and wooden crates printed with our new married name with these varieties."

Flower baskets

The couple chose green organza table runners and matching chair backs, plus Fortnum & Mason wicker hampers, to decorate their al fresco wedding breakfast where guests were sat at three individual tables. "The stunning hotel building provided a magnificent backdrop, and we were so lucky with the bright sunshine that we had on our special day," Jodie tells us. "We placed bottles of Champagne Tattinger Reims on each table and gifted our loved ones a slate coaster each with their name printed on as favours," Jodie describes.

Cutting the cake Jodie wore a dress by Spanish brand Pronovias teamed with a veil that was her something borrowed from her sister and a pair of ivory bridal shoes. "I loved my personalised denim jacket with Mrs Durnian printed on the back," Jodie says. "Michael and his groomsmen wore grey checked suits while my sister, who was my maid-of-honour, wore a green chiffon dress and my niece, who was our flowergirl, chose an ivory lace dress tied with the same ribbon that was on my sister's gown."

Dancing on the lawn Top tip: "Really think about what's important to you both, we were so concerned about having a small wedding but it was a perfect day." - Jodie and Michael

Jodie and Michael's contact book

Bride's dress

Windsor & Eton Brides Bridal Boutique
Tel: 01753 622 400
www.windsorandetonbrides.com

Cake

Poundies Bakes Cakes For All Occasions
Tel: 07498 302 182
www.poundiesbakes.co.uk

Ceremony venue

Windsor Guildhall
Tel: 01753 743 900
www.windsor.gov.uk/conference/the-windsor-guildhall

Flowers

Paper Rose Events
Tel: 07734 466 598
www.paperroseevents.com

Groom's suit

Hairdresser

Sadie
Tel: 07800 838 904

Make-up

Lissa's Looks – Bridal & Occasion Makeup Specialist
Tel: 07429 486 334
www.facebook.com/Lissas-looks-Bridal-Occasion-Makeup-Specialist-459784294039767

Minimoon

Devon Country Barns
Tel: 01566 780 457
www.devoncountrybarns.co.uk

Photographer

Paul Davies Photography
Tel: 07989 048 428
www.paul-daviesphotography.co.uk

Reception venue

Oakley Court
Tel: 01753 609 988
www.oakleycourt.co.uk

Stationery

Designs by Fran
Tel: 07872 558 633
www.designsbyfran.co.uk

Transport

Platinum Cars Luxury Chauffeur Service
Tel: 01622 962 147
www.platinumcarservice.co.uk

Transport

George Regal Travel
Tel: 0203 869 8250
georgeregal.com

Venue styling

Hot flowers & art
Tel: 01628 528 811
www.hotflowersandart.co.uk

Wedding rings

Hockley Jewellers
Tel: 0121 728 8345
www.hockleyjewellers.com
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