A couple from Doddington have renewed their wedding vows ten years after their original wedding in Barbados, at their local parish church where they were surrounded by family and friends.
Angela and Dave Stocker enjoyed a tropical wedding in Barbados ten years ago with a small group of guests including Angela’s parents who lived on the Caribbean island. When Dave lost his wedding ring two years ago while the couple were on holiday, Angela came up with the idea of proposing to her husband on their ninth wedding anniversary.
Angela explained: “I took him away to Leicester for the weekend as a surprise for our anniversary and in the evening I asked him to marry me.”
Instead of planning another wedding in Barbados, the couple decided to tie the knot for the second time in their local church where they could be surrounded by family and friends who were unable to make their original wedding abroad.
Over 100 guests crammed into the parish church, including Angela’s parents who had flown over to the UK especially for the happy occasion which took place just three days after the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary.
Angela added: “We did it here this time so all our friends and family could be there. It got a bit out of hand but it was superb. I wanted it to be all different.”
What was originally planned as small celebration soon became an event on a larger scale and the couple’s wedding reception took place in Doddington Village Hall.
The wedding cost approximately 1,300 and Angela managed to find most of the dresses, including her wedding dress, on EBay. Angela’s original bridesmaids also wore dresses which amazingly matched the dresses from the wedding in Barbados ten years ago.
As many couples struggle with the decision of getting married abroad or tying the knot in their home country, this couple have proved that you can do both and it doesn’t even have to be expensive.