Hilsea couple reminisce 'emotional' wedding day at Portchester Castle

For Stacey and David Guinelly, their wedding was what dreams are made of.

By Annie Lewis
Monday, 3rd June 2019, 12:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 10:28 am
The happy couple on May 25. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography
The happy couple on May 25. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography

‘It was so emotional for both of us,’ beams Stacey.

Stacey, nee Glover, met David, 44, when they both worked at Southern Electric seven years ago.

‘He was my manager actually,’ she laughs.

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The wedding guests at the Guinelly wedding. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography

‘When we first started dating, we went on quite a few city breaks. We went to Amsterdam, Venice and Snowdonia.’

At Christmas 2017, the Hilsea couple got engaged but Stacey, 27, says that she misunderstood what was happening.

‘For my present, Dave had got me a t-shirt that said Guinelly on it.

‘Our children Harper and Haydn had one too but my surname was still Glover, so I thought it was a rubbish present at first,’ she laughs.

The couple read their vows at St Mary's Church, Portchester Castle. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography

‘But then I started to understand that he was proposing to me!’

Stacey says when she first started planning the wedding, they wanted to tie the knot Vegas-style.

She says: ‘Originally we planned to have a Vegas wedding. But the more we planned it, I realised I couldn’t leave the children.

‘Therefore, we got married at St Mary’s Church, Portchester Castle, instead. A lot of people we know got married there.’

Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography

On May 25, Stacey and David married in the sunshine surrounded by their children and 60 guests.

‘I was so nervous on the day but really excited. We were really lucky with the weather,’ laughs Stacey.

‘The ceremony was my favourite bit.’

The Guinellys plan to have a family holiday later this year with their children Haydn, two, Harper, three, and David’s daughter Mia, 12.

David and Stacey with their children Harper, Haydn and Davids daughter Mia. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography