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    Village Weddings
Weddings with a village connection from the past few years

"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue.
Happy is the bride with a sixpence in her shoe"

(Confetti is now sold at the village shop!)


Amy Holgate and Alex Anderson-Brown

On Saturday 10th November, the wedding of Amy Holgate and Alex Anderson-Brown took place in St Michael and All Angels Church, Kington St Michael.

Amy lived in the village since she was 10, with her mum and step-dad Esther and Stewart Shape, and her brothers Matty and Joseph.  After attending Sheldon school she went on to Huddersfield university to study costume design, and there she met Alex.

Alex's jacket for the wedding was hand-made for him in India, and unknown to Alex, Amy also bought some extra material so that she could make the bodice of her wedding dress to match his jacket! She made her lace jacket out of her granny's wedding dress, and then, with some golden lace which had belonged to Alex' grandma, Amy made her headpiece and embellished her skirt.
The reception was held at Guyers House, Corsham, and following morning the happy couple left for their honeymoon.
The photos are courtesy of www.davidscammell.co.uk

 Amy Holgate & Alex Anderson-Brown Amy Holgate & Alex Anderson-Brown
 Amy Holgate & Alex Anderson-BrownAmy Holgate & Alex Anderson-Brown 


Lauren Amos & Nicholas Odantzis

On Saturday 29th August Lauren Amos, eldest daughter and step-daughter of Linda and Robert Durno and Simon and Debbie Amos, married Nick Odantzis, younger son of Stelios and Marjorie Odantzis, in The Lantern Room, Bristol Register Office.

Lauren wore a beaded and embellished champagne Art Deco style gown and a matching headband and earrings made by Hermione Harbutt. She carried a bouquet of peach and cream roses.

Her bridesmaids were old school friends, Eleanor Gaskarth, Sophie Porfirio, Emily Young and Victoria Young, and her two sisters, Imogen Amos and Iona Durno. The best men were John Cain and Andrew Taylor, childhood friends of the groom.  The reception was held at Goldbrick House in Bristol.

The couple honeymooned in Croatia, and will continue to live in Bristol. Nick is a Deputy Editor at Future Publishing and Lauren is Marketing Manager at Alastair Sawday Publishing.         

 Nick odatzis and Lauren Amos 29th September 2015
Nick & Lauren

 Nick Odantzis & Lauren Amos 29.09.15
Nick & Lauren with Linda & Rob Durno
(All photos courtesy of http://www.johnbarwoodphotography.co.uk/%20)
except for the cake)

 Iona The wedding cake
Iona Durno                The cake

Lauren Amos & Nick Odantzis 29.09.15
  With the bridesmaids and best men

Katie Eels and Thomas Griffiths

Miss Katie Selina Louise Eels and Mr Thomas James Griffiths were married on Saturday 15th August at St Michael and All Angels Church, Kington St Michael, in a service conducted by the Rev Gillian Parkin.

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Lyndon Eels of Chippenham, and was brought up in Kington St Michael, and the bridegroom is the only son of Mr and Mrs Griffiths of Barry, South Glamorgan, Wales.

The bridesmaids were Kelly Blick (bride's niece), Charlotte Sekotill (bride's sister), and Hannah Griffiths (groom's sister).  The baby flower girl was Niah Blick and the page boy was Ashton-James Blick (the bride's great niece and nephew).

After the service a reception was held at the Old Manor Hotel, Bradford on Avon.

The couple, who met whilst studying at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, are both music teachers and have recently moved from London to Wiltshire where the bridegroom will take up a teaching post in Westbury. The bride is a classical singer and singing teacher and will continue her teaching in Chippenham and at St Francis School in Pewsey, where she will be assistant director of music.

The couple honeymooned in Sri Lanka and have set up home in Chippenham.


Katie Eels & Thomas Griffiths 15.08.15


Katie Eels & Thomas Griffiths 15.08.15

 Katie Eels & Thomas Griffiths 15.08.15

 Katie Eels & Thomas Griffiths 15.08.15



Jodie Hooper & Andrew Paget

Jodie Hooper and Andrew Paget 27.11.14

Jodie Hooper & Andrew Paget 27.11.14 

On a sunny November 27th Jodie Hooper, youngest daughter of Colin & Caroline Hooper, married Andrew Paget, son of Mike & Sarah Paget of Bromham, in the village church.

The bride wore a multi-layered lace embroidered dress and was attended by four bridesmaids, Ceri Saunders, Kizzie Wakefield, Jacqui Hooper, Lindsay Monnery, and two flower girls, Freya and Eden Hooper, who wore dresses in a shade of deep blackcurrant. Her page boy was George Hooper. The best men were Alec Price and Noah Paget and Timothy Paget, Thomas Paget, Simon Hooper and Liam Jepson were ushers.

The reception was held at Winkworth Farm, which was beautifully decorated in a Christmas theme.

Heather Burt & Alexander Amos

On Saturday 1st November Heather Burt, youngest daughter of David and Sandra Burt, married Alexander Amos, eldest son and stepson of Linda and Robert Durno and Simon and Debbie Amos, at The Merchants Hall in Clifton, Bristol.

Heather wore an embroidered ivory lace and tulle dress with a bustle, and an ostrich feather stole, which is a family heirloom. She carried a bouquet of dark pink anemonies and ivory roses. The Matron of Honour was her older sister, Lorna Smith, whose two daughters, Grace and Niamh, were flower girls. The bridesmaids were Michelle Moreland and Anna-Louise Taylor, friends of the bride.

Best man was Jim Knott and the ring-bearer was the groom's younger brother, Calum Durno. Alexander's older sister, Lauren Amos was a witness together with the Matron of Honour.

The reception was held at Nailsea Tithe Barn, and the bride's youngest sister, Iona Durno, made the wedding cutting cake, to accompany the beautifully decorated cup cakes. The bride and groom donated the profit from the evening bar to the Movember charity and Mind.

The couple honeymooned in France, and will continue to live in Bristol, where they first met. Alexander works for the Wild Beer Company in Somerset and Heather is a midwife at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol.

Alexander Amos & Heather Burt, 1st November 2104
(Photo courtesy of Steve Carpenter)

Alexander and Heather's wedding, 1st November 2014

Alexander and Heather's wedding cake

Alexander & Heather with
Calum, Linda, Robert & Iona Durno

The wedding
"cutting" cake,
made by Iona


Maddy North & David Symon

On Saturday 13th September, Maddy North, youngest daughter of Lyn North and step-daughter of Gerry Gamble, was married to David Symon at St Michael's Church, Morthoe.  A reception for 160 guests was held at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel. Dave and Maddy are honeymooning in the Dominican Republic.


Maddy North & David Symon's wedding 13.09.14
Maddy & David Symon, sunset in Woolacombe.


Emma Shaw & Matthew Balmforth

On Saturday 14th September Matthew, son of Avril and the late Ivan Balmforth, married his childhood sweetheart, Emma Shaw, at Winkworth Farm near Lea, Malmesbury. Emma wore an Enzoani wedding dress made of ivory silk organza and tulle. The dress had a strapless sweetheart neckline and ruched bodice with taffeta flowers and lace appliques on the tulle mermaid skirt.

The weather was perfect, enabling the couple to marry in a Cotswold stone arbour situated in the sunken garden surrounded by family and friends. The bride was given away by her father, Peter Shaw; her mother Mavis was a witness, together with the groom's sister Louise Balmforth. Music throughout the ceremony was provided by Lorna Davis on cello and Catherine Chamberlin on violin. Readings were given by Karen Balmforth, Louise Balmforth, Jackie Beckett and Kate Turner.

After the ceremony the guests enjoyed drinks in the grounds of the venue before sitting down to a delicious wedding breakfast catered for by Manor Events. This was followed by dancing late into the night. The bride and groom spent the night at The Close hotel in Tetbury before flying off on their honeymoon in Olu Deniz, Turkey. Several of the guests stayed in tipi accommodation next to the venue.

Matthew and Emma will continue to live in Cheltenham where they settled after leaving University.

Emma Shaw & Matthew Balmforth, 14th September 2013
Emma & Matthew

Karen, Avril, Louise, Matthew & Emma Balmforth, 14th Septmber 2013
With Karen, Avril & Louise Balmforth

 Peter Shaw, Matthew & Emma Balmforth (nee Shaw), 14th September 2013
With Emma's father, Peter Shaw

Jacqui Hooper & Liam Jepson

On July 19th 2013 - a brilliantly sunny day - Jacqui, eldest daughter of Colin and Caroline Hooper, married Liam Jepson, youngest son of Jill and Phil Jepson from Surrey, in the village church. Jacqui’s dress was a strapless ivory chiffon number, with pleat details at the front, lace fastenings down the back and a long train. Her bouquet was ‘hot pink’ in colour. The bridesmaids were Jacqui’s sister, Jodie, school friend Claire Daly, and university friends Kate Woodland and Rhian Locke. The Best Man was Rick Peacock, with the ushers being the groom’s brother, Kevin, Simon Hooper (Jacqui’s half-brother), plus friends James Halford, Matt Higginson and Ryan Lilley. Flower girls were Jacqui’s nieces Eden and Freya Hooper, and her nephew George Hooper was page boy.

The BBQ wedding breakfast was held at Kingscote Barn, Tetbury and was followed by a disco, with the evening so warm many people stayed outside to enjoy the stunning setting and moonlight until the early hours.

The couple had a short honeymoon in Cornwall before returning home to Redhill, Surrey and then on to work in London; Jacqui is an environmental analyst with Halcrow, and Liam a quantity surveyor for Balfour Beatty.

Jacqui Hooper & Liam Jepson, 19th July 2013 
Liam & Jacqui

Caroline and Colin Hooper, 19th July 2013
Caroline & Colin Hooper (bride's parents)

Jacqui Hooper & Liam Jepson's wedding - group shot, 19th July 2013
Lyn North, Gerry Gamble & Caroline

Lyn North, Gerry Gamble & Caroline Hooper, 19th July 2013
The happy couple with their attendants and ushers


Lindsay Hawkins & James Fussell

On Saturday 8th August, Delcia and Andrew Fussell celebrated the wedding of their son James to Miss Lindsay Hawkins at St Mary’s Church, Templecombe, South Somerset. Lindsay wore an empire line dress of ivory silk delicately ruched at the bust and falling into a fluid, shimmering skirt. The straps were woven into a circular shape at the back and covered with stunning crystals. The bride’s bouquet consisted of ivory roses and blue gentiana. The bridesmaids were Lindsay’s sister, Kate, who had flown in from New York, and friends Catherine Brennan and Jenny Stokes. They wore elegant midnight blue dresses. Henry Maunder, the groom’s two year old nephew, was a page boy. Best Man was Mr Tony Smith and the ushers were the bride’s brother Oliver, and friends of the groom, Steve Doble, Jim Pettiford and Paul Richardson

After the ceremony the reception was held at the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford. Guests enjoyed drinks amongst the museum’s Ferrari collection before sitting down to a delicious wedding breakfast. This was followed by dancing into the early hours. Mr & Mrs. Fussell honeymooned in North America. Lindsay is a primary school teacher in Weston-Super-Mare and James works as a Senior Technical Consultant in IT.

James & Lindsay Fussell, 8th August 2009 
James and Lindsay

The Fussell family
With James' family

Delcia's snazzy shoes
Delcia's snazzy shoes


Samantha Davies & Anthony Cole

The wedding of Anthony Cole and Samantha Louise Davies took place on 1st August 2009 in Chippenham Register Office. They were accompanied by six beautiful bridesmaids - Sarah Hibberd (the groom's sister), Jessica Davies (the bride's sister) and four close friends of the bride - Katie Tinklin, Jemma Goulding, Melissa Bean and Dawn Bould. The couple's two nieces, Abby and Ella, made gorgeous flower girls. The best man was Dan Edmunds, who put his excellent skills as a landscape photographer to good use by taking the wedding photographs.

The bouquets were made by Steph Slater and contained purple freesias and white roses. The cake was decorated with purple flowers, a bride and a groom dressed in jeans and t-shirt as a comical reference to the groom's disdain of suits and ties! The reception was held in Langley Burrell Village Hall, attended by many close friends and family. The couple would like to thank all those who attended for making it a wonderful and memorable day.

Anthony Cole & Samantha Davies' wedding, 1st August 2009
Anthony & Samantha

Samantha, Anthony & bridesmaids
Sam & Anthony with their bridesmaids

Samantha and Anthony's wedding cake
Sam & Anthony's wedding cake