There were uninvited guests at the wedding of Paul and Amanda Westie, but the bride and groom were thrilled they put in an appearance.
The Whiteley couple were married at Burley Manor Hotel in the New Forest and were delighted when about 50 red deer came to see their celebrations.
‘There’s a deer park next to the hotel where they come to graze,’ explains Amanda. ‘We went to the hotel about five or six times before the wedding and there were never any there. But on the wedding day they all came out feeding next to the hotel grounds. It was as if they came to have a look, it was beautiful.’
Amanda, 40, and Paul, 60, invited 52 people to the wedding so there were almost as many deer. More guests arrived for the evening celebrations.
Paul decided to wear tartan as a reminder of his Scottish parents and Amanda wore a beautiful and striking purple dress.
Another distinctive feature of the wedding was the cake which was made by world-famous Brighton company Choccywoccydoodah and featured two West Highland terriers (or Westies).
‘That was Paul’s contribution, he loves chocolate,’ says Amanda, explaining: ‘We had the dogs purely because of the name. We do have dogs but they’re Labradors!’
The wedding party included their children – Jack, six, and four-year-old Sam, who were pageboys, and Ellanor, three, who was a bridesmaid.
The couple met when they were both working as health and safety officers during the building of Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
But they didn’t use the terminal for their honeymoon travels. After the wedding the couple took the children for a little break in Devon and they’ll be having their honeymoon later this month when they embark on a cruise around France, Belgium and Holland.