The lucky overall winners will not only be crowned with the Wedding of the Year 2009 title, they’ll also win a romantic night away for two at Mansion House in Reading, worth £300. The prize includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms with dinner and breakfast.
This fabulous prize is provided by De Vere, who operates a large chain of luxury hotels and coveted wedding venues throughout the UK.
Firstly we have the Winter Wedding of Charlie Gardner and Kathryn Chambers who were married on 6th December 2008 at The Church of St Mary Magdalene in Great Hampden .
“Apart from the actual ceremony, we both really enjoyed the run up on the morning of the wedding with our respective attendants and families, and the excitement and anticipation of seeing each other at the altar. And then once we were ready to go, another highlight of the day was my dad arriving to escort me to the church,” says Kathryn. “We were having such a fantastic time that we forgot to be nervous at all! Our master of ceremony also did a fantastic job at popping up with a glass of Champagne when we least expected – and most needed it. An example of this was when we left the church as husband and wife, and towards the end of our photography session – very thirsty work,” recalls Kathryn.
“The day was really fun ? the sun was shining and the flowers had come out, which made everything so much nicer. Our venue, Monkey Island Hotel (http://www.monkeyisland.co.uk/) in Bray-on-Thames, also showed off the beautiful Berkshire countryside,” recalls Jessica.After the main speeches had been said, Jessica’s chief bridesmaid and friend stood up and dedicated the song I’ll Stand by You (Girls Aloud version) to the bride. They changed the lyrics specially to suit the bride. According to Jessica and Richard, who are both police officers: “Even the men were in tears by the time the song was over.”