Real weddings and wedding ideas

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

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I do - at last!

It was fourth time lucky for Becky and Max when they eventually tied the knot at Hintlesham Hall in Suffolk. After having to cancel three previous wedding dates due to Coronavirus, their big day finally came on 17th June this year – and what a day it was! Despite restrictions and disappointments along the way, including having to slash the guest list by almost half, they married in style and celebrated with a cool cocktail of soft pastel colours mixed with a dash of boho and Mediterranean vibes and a good measure of gin!... read more

Simply stylish

Julie and Craig didn't let distance get in the way of romance even though, when they first met online, they were living a three-hour drive away from each other. He was based in London and she was in Nottingham and after getting to know each other over the phone they spent the next two years alternating between their homes every weekend before finally settling down together in Grantham.... read more

Something old, something new

Steffi and Richard met while they were out celebrating friends' birthdays and soon realised they shared a number of mutual pals. Steffi also recognised him from when their paths used to cross during their regular cycling commutes in different directions. They hit it off and the rest, as they say, is history.... read more

Plan B.eautiful

It was love at first sight for Sophie and Chris. After chatting online for while they decided to meet face-to-face and the rest, as they say, is history. "I know it sounds cheesy, but it's true," confirms Sophie. "We had our first date in Ipswich town centre at a little coffee shop and ended up talking for hours. We hit it off straight away as we had so much in common and we both wanted to meet again. After that it didn't take long for us to feel like we'd known each other for years!"... read more

A helluva hoedown

When Shona and Dan met online they quickly discovered that they had plenty in common. "Dan tested my knowledge of country music and apparently I passed the test! We went for drinks and dinner for our first date followed by a trip to Skegness the next day and then the day after that Dan took me out on his Harley-Davidson motorbike, and that was that," recalls Shona.... read more

Country classic

University mates Amber and Ben first bonded over a shared love of cake and custard. Romance blossomed on their first date when Ben won her over with a bottle of wine he'd brought back from Tuscany and a three-course Italian meal before snuggling up to watch a Disney film, which Amber chose – another step in the right direction!Fast forward to the proposal and Ben popped the question on top of a mountain in Tuscany, during a last-minute holiday.... read more

Tea and tequila

Emma's job as a teacher proved to be an added bonus when it came to dating. After qualifying she relocated from Birmingham to London and Miguel moved there in April 2013 from his home country of Venezuela. He'd just completed his studies to become an IT engineer and, despite not speaking any English, quickly found a job in a kitchen before embarking on his career. As newcomers to the city, they both joined an online dating service where they met.... read more

An English country garden

Rebecca and Matt celebrated their big day in a stately-home setting. Sometimes it's hard to spot things even when they're right in front of your eyes! Matt and Rebecca finally got together after a great deal of nagging from Matt's brother and Rebecca's good friend who both thought they'd make a great couple. "We eventually decided to go on a date and quickly realised we had loads in common including the same immature sense of humour, similar interests in film and music, a passion for travel and visiting new places as well as aspirations and goals," Rebecca reveals.... read more

Timeless and traditional

Charlotte and Luke opted for a classic-style wedding with a pretty pink colour scheme. Charlotte and Luke got to know each other online before arranging to meet for lunch one afternoon. "We'd been speaking for a few weeks and were confident from our lengthy conversations that we liked each other and had a lot in common," explains Charlotte. "I was attracted to many of Luke's traits including his work ethic; he's very family orientated, kind and headstrong too, which I loved." The pair hit it off immediately. "We both seemed to want the same things and clicked as soon as we met. We shared a similar sense of humour and for us laughter was and still is a key factor in our relationship," Charlotte adds.... read more

All in the detail

Catherine and Michael had their wedding rings flown in by owl. It didn't take long for Catherine and Michael to know they were meant for each other. After getting together online, they met up and later shared their first kiss outside Norwich cathedral. "I fell for Michael's loving loyal nature and we moved in together within six months – when you know, you know!" says Catherine. Michael proposed in the living room of their new home with a beautiful marquise-cut, diamond-set ring that Catherine chose herself. "I'm very fussy and as I'm going to be wearing it for the rest of my life, I have to like it, right?" she laughs. They tied the knot on 30th May, 2019 at Hunters Hall, Swanton Morely, in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and opted for a rose gold and ivory colour scheme.... read more

Roses are red

Aimee and James' rustic wedding featured beautiful blooms and a nod to his Scottish roots. Working together turned out to be a presciption for love for Aimee and James. They met at the pharmacy where James was training to be a pharmacist and Aimee was a dispenser. They were colleagues for a year and kept in touch as friends afterwards until romance blossomed a couple of years later.When it came to popping the question, James organised a trip to New York for the two of them and planned to pick the time and place while they were there.... read more

Tickets please

Jump on board for a magical winter wedding. After meeting online, Hillary and Dev got together in September 2016. "I was attracted to him because he has such a gentle soul and I'd never met anyone as thoughtful, and he fell for my sense of adventure. Originally from Australia, I'd just moved to London from Hong Kong and when we first started dating we spent a lot of time visiting many of the city's attractions. I think Dev really liked getting to know London again through fresh eyes."... read more

Rustic romance for Jo and Ben

Jo and Ben's winter wedding was a cosy country affair. Jo and Ben met at the Waveney House Hotel in Beccles where they both worked. She started out as a waitress and went on to run weddings at the hotel, while Ben was, and still is, a chef there. "One of my colleagues suggested asking for his number, I chickened out though, so she asked for me," reveals Jo. Although she says, it 'felt like forever' before she got a ring on her finger, after some persistent nudging, Ben popped the question on December 18th, 2016 while they were out for a walk in Snape.... read more

A winter warmer

Winter warmer: Rebecca and Jake's rustic wedding included a festive nod to Christmas. Rebecca and Jake met online and the attraction was instant. "We both love the outdoors and travel and our common interests made conversation easy," recalls Rebecca. After getting together as a couple, Jake popped the question on a beautiful spring evening in the bluebell woods at Itteringham, near Norwich. "It's one of my favourite places," says Rebecca. "We'd planned to take our dog Willow for a walk there, which we've done every year since we've been together, as the wood is covered in a carpet of bluebells.... read more

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