Real Wedding - Victoria and Kevin Neal
PUBLISHED: 11:19 17 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:43 20 February 2013
First they fell in love with each other and then Victoria and Kevin Neal fell in love with the church in Sherbourne where they held their traditional English country wedding.
Where and how did you meet?
I was working as a Thomson Superfamily Entertainer at Torrenova Marina, a family hotel in Magaluf, Majorca. In June 2004 Kevin turned up at the hotel with a group of his friends on a lads holiday. This was really unusual as we normally had your typical two point four children!
When did you get engaged?
We were engaged on 24th June 2009 in Playa Del Carmen Mexico. We were on a fortnights holiday and on the seventh day of the holiday Kevin proposed on the white sandy beach as the sun was setting. We popped open a nice bottle of champagne and watched the sun go down.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
We said we werent going to rush planning anything or even think about the wedding for a while, but the church was booked just over a
month later, which left roughly 11 months to plan and organize the wedding day.
What was the theme style of your wedding?
We had an old fashioned white wedding; the service was in Sherbourne Church a beautiful traditional church. The reception was at the modern Stratford hotel; we both preferred modern hotels to the old fashioned buildings but wanted a big old church. As I am not linked to any church in the area where we live Kevin took me to see the churches in the area and we fell in love with Sherbourne, everyone said it looked like a cathedral. The hotel had been refurbished 12 months previously, so fitted the contemporary feel we wanted.
Did the day go to plan?
It was wonderful but during the photographs outside I managed to get duck poo on the bottom of my dress at the back which was a greeny colour which really grossed me out but my friend Clare was on hand with the baby wipes and we soon got it out!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We really went for it on our honeymoon we thought we'd go for something different, we started in the Langham Place hotel in Hong Kong were we spent five days, we then went on to the Westin hotel in Sydney for four days, we moved down to the Palm Cove Golf and Country club in Cairns, Queensland, for five days and finished with a three night stay at the Pan Pacific hotel in Singapore.
This was an amazing holiday with great food, diverse cultures and some wonderful sights such as: Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk, Hong Kong light show and the Great Barrier Reef.
Whats your advice for couples planning their own wedding?
Shop around and speak to people you know as its surprising what they can help you with. We originally thought we wouldn't be able to get married in 2010 but ringing round and getting a few different quotes really surprised us and never accept the first price youre offered. Negotiating is the key for organising your wedding.
The bride and groom: Victoria Rachel Hurley and Kevin Mark Neal.
Date of the wedding: 28th May 2010
The ceremony: All Saints Church, Church Road , Sherbourne, near Barford.
The reception: The Stratford Hotel. Our wedding planner was Jodie Rogers, she was absolutely great a credit to the hotel. If we wanted it she made it happen.
Number of guests: 66 to the day reception and 120 in the evening.
The dress: Cambria Marie by the designer Maggie Sottero. The first shop I visited was The Bridal Boutique, Smith Street, Warwick, I tried two dresses on and the second one was the Cambria Marie. I fell in love with it, and so did my sister-in-law Sara. I didnt want to make the decision so early in my search for the perfect dress so continued looking. Twenty-five dresses later we came back to the Cambria Marie.
The bridesmaids: My sister Andrea and my sister-in-law Sara. The bridesmaids dresses determined the colour scheme of the wedding. I was flicking through a wedding magazine and I came across a D'Zage bridesmaid range. I fell in love with the chocolate brown and cream colour of the dresses on the page, but after talking to my bridal shop they said if I wanted to get all the dresses from them they could make the identical dresses and they would be made to fit the bridesmaids. I put my trust in the Bridal Boutique to sort out all our dresses and I wasn't disappointed at all
The men: Kevin and his close family, friends and best man wore suits from Paul Russell Suit Hire in Stratford-upon-Avon black tail coat, grey stripe trousers, cream waistcoat and chocolate brown cravat.
Flowers: The flowers were done by a family friend Jackie Woodhouse of Wellesbourne who is a florist by trade. The bridesmaids bouquets were white roses with little gems in every other rose and mine had brown and cream roses.
The first dance: Don't Wanna Close My Eyes by Aerosmith.
On the menu
Starter: Parfait Chicken Liver, Fruit Chutney, Melba Toast
Vegetarian: Mushroom, Spinach, white onion Tart with Red Pepper
Gin & Tonic Sorbet
Main Course: Rib of Beef, fondant potatoes, honey roasted vegetables, parsnip crisps
Vegetarian: Asparagus, Mushroom Risotto, Sun blushed tomato, Rocket Salad
Dessert: Trio of Chocolate Mousse, handmade raspberry ripple ice cream
Starters: Melon, Strawberries and Kiwi Platter
Main Course: Pure Breast Chicken Dippers with Tomato Ketchup and
Chips and Peas
Dessert: Warm Chocolate Brownie and Vanilla Ice Cream
Victoria and Kevins wedding was captured by Martin Salt, who may be familiar to Warwickshire Life readers as his own wedding photographs appeared on these pages in 1975! Martin's photography business of 21 years is based in Tiddington, near Stratford-upon-Avon, and numerous happy couples have had their photographs published here over
To contact Martin, tel: 01789 297141; www.martinsalt.co.uk