After 17 years together, Toni Frost thought she and partner Barry Macgill might never get married.
The couple have been busy bringing up their two young sons and as the years ticked by, getting hitched just hadn’t happened for them.
But then Barry surprised Toni with a shock proposal and the childhood sweethearts began planning their dream day.
‘He’s my first love,’ says Toni. ‘We met at a local club when we were young and we literally bumped into each other and that was that. We started dating.
‘Marriage was quite important to me but we bought the house and then we started having children.
‘Barry just shocked me out of the blue when he proposed. We’d gone to a charity ball and we always said we wouldn’t have a long engagement. When we got engaged it would be to set a date. He proposed that night and I was completely shocked, I didn’t expect it at all.’
The couple tied the knot at St Thomas’s Church in Bedhampton.
Oldest son Mason, seven, gave a reading as younger brother Drew, four, looked on.
‘Bless him, he did really well,’ adds Toni. ‘It was lovely. I’d kept it together until that point but when I saw him doing that it got me.’
The bridesmaids were Toni’s niece, Casey Frost, nine, and good friend Gemma Walker. Barry’s best men were friends Mark Woolmer and Mark Cornell.
‘The wedding was absolutely beautiful,’ says Toni. ‘We had a bit of rain but it didn’t ruin anything – nothing could of ruined our day. In the end, everything went to plan, it was amazing.’
After the service the couple headed for the Newtown House Hotel, Hayling Island, for their reception.
They celebrated with close family members and friends before throwing a huge party in the evening when local band, Kojak’s Revenge, had everyone up on the dance floor.
Earlier in the day they’d posed for photos in Leigh Park gardens where the swans and their cygnets helped create a magical vibe.
The newlyweds, from Bedhampton, jetted off to Las Vegas on their honeymoon.
‘We has such a lovely time,’ adds Toni. ‘I’d like to say thanks to our parents and everyone else who helped make it such a special day.’