The wedding of Wendy Bonehill and Ian Bufton

PUBLISHED: 22:31 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:12 20 February 2013

The newly weds and guests

The newly weds and guests

Newly-wed Mrs Bufton looks back on a day filled with precious memories

Newly-wed Mrs Bufton looks back on a day filled with precious memories

Wendy Bonehill and Ian Bufton.

Wendy is a water industry consultant and Ian is a school travel plan officer and environmental education teacher.

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Raymond Bonehill and Ronald and Sandra Bufton.

Dr James Cottam.

Bridesmaids Hannah Bonehill, Laura Bonehill and Annie-Mae McGhee and page boy Harry Camden-Slavin.

We met at Aberystwyth University while we were studying for our undergraduate degrees in 1999. We were placed in the same student house in neighbouring rooms in the first year. We lived together for a couple of years with other friends and got together as a couple on June 20 2002. We got married on our seven-year anniversary.

The wedding ceremony was held at St Nicholas Church, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire and the wedding venue was Hampton Court, Hope-Under-Dinmore. I grew up in Sutton St. Nicholas and wanted to get married in the local church, where a remembrance tree was planted for my mum back in 1997. Feeling close to my mum was really important to me on my wedding day and there were lots of photos taken under the tree, where the dappled lighting was fantastic. Hampton Court was a venue that stood head and shoulders above any of the others. The building is fantastic and the gardens perfect for wedding photographs. fantastic. Hampton Court was a venue that stood head and shoulders above any of the others. The building is fantastic and the gardens perfect for wedding photographs.

An Eddy K gown in ivory taffeta with beaded bodice, fitted waist, ruched skirt and train from Viktoriya Graham, Cheltenham.

Black jacket with tails, black and grey pinstripe trousers, white shirt, lilac and white patterned waistcoat with an heirloom darkpurple cravat, from Bill Child, Hereford.

By Raylia Design in two-tone, grape-coloured taffeta Viktoriya Graham.

All the flowers were calla lilies, my bouquet was black calla lilies with white freesias, bridesmaids' bouquets and buttonholes were ivory calla lilies.

Bridal party make-up and nails were done by Kim Gough of Beauty Within, Hereford. The photographs were taken by Jo Corfield Photography of Newtown, Shropshire, one of Ian's school friends.

The bridesmaids stayed with me at my dad's house in Hereford the night before the wedding. We had a 1930s style Beauford Tourer car to take me and my dad to the church. As part of the church service my friend Vicky read a poem written by Ian for me. Following the service the vicar said a prayer next to my mum's tree and I left my bouquet there. After the service we travelled to Hampton Court in the car with the roof down - it was a bit breezy, but my hair managed to stay in place! We had a three course meal provided by Flavours Catering, Hereford. One of the swords from the Coats of Arms was used to cut the cake. All the guests went for a wander around the gardens while the band set up in the Ball Room at Hampton Court. The band were Dancin' Easy from Cheltenham and were fantastic. There was a hog roast in the evening, provided by G Williams of Lydbury North, Shropshire.

We stayed at the Bringewood Hotel, near Ludlow on the two nights following the wedding. Family and the wedding party were invited to join us for lunch on the Sunday, which was also Father's Day. We then spent two weeks in the Maldives on Veligandu Island in a Jacuzzi Water Villa, which was amazing.

Where to start? There are so many. One of my most precious moments was seeing my dad when I was in my wedding dress. One of Ian's was when he first saw me walking down the aisle. Other highlights include the reading of the poem in church; being pronounced to the church as man and wife; all our family and friends coming together; the speeches which were all amazing; our first dance, and later the band surprising us by gathering all our guests in a circle, with us in the middle dancing to Congratulations. The list goes on.

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