The wedding of Mike and Anna Windebank was also a very big day for their sons Keane and Carter.
The boys had the important job of ring-bearers and Keane, eight, wrote his own prayer and read it to mum and dad at the ceremony.
‘He gave up his lunch-time and wrote it with a teacher,’ says Anna. ‘I knew he was going to do it because I’d been practising it with him, but it was still a very special moment. He did really well.’
The couple, who live in Portsmouth, wanted their boys to be a big part of the ceremony. Keane and five-year-old Carter travelled to the church with their mum and even the cake toppers included the boys as well as the bride and groom.
‘Because they’re a bit older I wanted them to be a big part of things,’ says Anna. ‘It’s not the conventional way of doing things, maybe, but it was really nice that they could be at our wedding and were old enough to enjoy it.’
Mike, 34, and 31-year-old Anna met on a blind date 10 years ago. The couple were married at St Thomas à Becket Church in Warblington and held their reception at the Hilton in Farlington.
They called their honeymoon a ‘familymoon’ and took the children to Tenerife.