RECITING wedding vows before their family and friends, Janice and Rick Lopez were struck with a sense of déjà vu.
The couple got married 14 years ago in a no-frills ceremony at a register office, and have long since regretted the fact there were no surviving photographs to mark their happy day.
So the couple recreated their wedding ceremony at the weekend after being picked as the winners of The News’ Square Tower competition.
When Janice, 53, and Rick, 70, got married, they were keen to keep a record of their big day.
But they later discovered the film in the only camera used was damaged, and they lost the record of their wedding.
So the couple, of Powerscourt Road in North End, were keen to get as many happy snaps as they could when they said their vows again in front of their loved ones.
Janice said: ‘It was absolutely brilliant. We had two friends taking pictures this time and in this day and age everyone has a camera so this time we should have lots of memories.
‘It was a fantastic day and everybody had a really great time.’
In June, The News joined up with Steve Hender, the proprietor of the Square Tower, in Broad Street, Portsmouth, to offer the use of the historic building for a day to one lucky winner.
The tower was used to store gunpowder in the Civil War, and has been the host of several events from magic shows to craft fairs and weddings for the past three years.
Janice added: ‘It is a wonderful venue and they couldn’t have been more helpful or more kind to us.
‘It was a complete shock when we found out we had won the competition.
‘And when we found out we went into overdrive and started organising everything and in the end had a really nice day.’
Divided into two halls, the Tudor tower can seat up to 100 people in the lower hall and accommodate a further 80 in the upper hall, which is just as well because Janice and Rick have nine children and 22 grandchildren between them.
The venue is licensed to screen films, stage plays, host live music events and serve alcoholic drinks seven days a week.