Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but for one couple from Gloucester the day was a dream come true.
Wayne Cox and Clare Phillips, of Kingsway, were the lucky winners of the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen’s Win a Wedding competition 2017.
Their prize was a magical wedding on Friday, April 13 at The Queens Hotel Cheltenham – Mgallery by Sofitel.
The couple have been together for six years after they met while both working at Tesco in Quedgeley.
Wayne, 38, said: “It was absolutely fantastic.
“The whole day was amazing, it all fell into place on the day.
“Luckily we’re not superstitious and Friday the 13th was lucky for us.
“Friends and family being there was the important bit.”
Clare was given away by her son Ben, 16, while her daughter Paige, 27, was a bridesmaid dressed in the colour theme of the day of Cadbury’s purple.
The couple are especially thankful to all of their friends, colleagues and customers at Tesco Quedgeley, who helped them collect tokens for the competition.
Clare, 44, works on the customer service desk while Wayne now works as a store manager at the Tesco in Kingsway.
The groom and ushers wore traditional morning suits from Tuxedo Junction, Westgate Street, Gloucester, while the bridesmaids were dressed in gowns from Nina Furness Couture, in Cambray Place, Cheltenham and Clare wore a beautiful gown.
“She looked beautiful,” said Wayne, of Clare.
The ‘fantastic’ flowers in the purple colour scheme were designed by the Flower Bowl, in London Road, Gloucester.
The whole day was captured by Diamond Shots Photography.
And the finishing touches, such as the purple chair covers and sashes from Sweet Beginnings, St Oswolds Road, Gloucester, and the photo booth from Party Foto Pods, in Staunton, really added a sense of occasion.
“The guests loved the photo booth,” Wayne added.
The wedding also featured a traditional ice sculpture of two swans by Ice Creations, and Chocolate Fountain from Maggie’s Chocolate Fountains, Pershore, which the couple would highly recommend.
Guests were kept entertained by a magician from Ethereal Productions. Clare and her friends loved the hen party at De Vere Cotswold Water Park Spa while the newlyweds still have the couples’ pampering to enjoy at the spa.
The pair were whisked away to a five-night honeymoon in romantic Paris with flights from bmi regional and hotel from HotelsCombined, where for the first two nights they stayed in a hotel overlooking the Eiffel Tower before arranging their own accommodation for the remainder of the trip.
Thanks to the Win a Wedding suppliers:
The Queens Hotel Cheltenham- Mgallery by Sofitel
The Promenade, Cheltenham. GL50 1NN
Conference & Events Coordinator
Westgate Retail Park, The Island, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2RU
01452 380 066
Nina Furness Couture
The Flower Bowl
The Cheltenham Cakery
Linwell Close, Cheltenham, GL50 4SD
Diamond Shots Photography
07835 042 319
Azure Luxury Cars
(01242) 51 00 00 & (07714) 20 90 78
Chair covers and Sashes
07805 284 129
Party Foto Pods
Chocolate Fountain or Fruit Tower
Maggie’s Chocolate Fountains
Hill Furze, Pershore, Worcestershire. WR10 2NB
Hen Party and Couples Pampering
De Vere Cotswold Water Park Spa6
West Country Games
Gatcombe Farm, Weston Road, Long Aston, Bristol, BS48 3QT
0117 370 0640
Pegasus Business Park | Herald Way | East Midlands Airport | DE74 2TU
0330 333 7998
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