IT WAS the fairytale wedding they had always dreamed of.
Happy couple Danny Salter and Kimberley Hammer said their vows in front of more than 100 guests at the Kings Theatre in Southsea yesterday.
The newlyweds got the chance to hold their special day at the historic venue by winning a competition in The News.
Danny, a teacher, and Kimberley, a massage therapist, from Baffins, Portsmouth, said the day was ‘unbelievable’.
Danny said: ‘It’s a lovely place and I wanted to get married here.
‘It’s a beautiful building and a beautiful place.
‘I was shocked when we won.
‘I’d like to give a big thank you to The News for giving us the opportunity for us to get married in this wonderful place.’
Kimberley added: ‘I was nervous before I came on stage but it was been absolutely wonderful.
‘It’s the best place to have a wedding – I want to do it all again.’
The couple said their vows on stage as guests watched from the stalls, and Kimberley’s cousin James Percy embraced the occasion by reading a passage from William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.
In theatrical style, rose petals fell from the ceiling and pyrotechnics fizzed from the back of the stage as they sealed their marriage with a kiss.
Kimberley’s mum Lorraine Hammer, said her daughter looked beautiful in her wedding dress, while her father Steve said he was ‘very proud’.
They hope to go on honeymoon during the Easter holidays.
Their prize included invitations courtesy of Errand Jervis, flowers from Charmaine Florist, bride hairstyling from Garbo’s Hair Salon, and a buffet reception courtesy of The Wine Vaults.
Kimberley was offered the opportunity to buy a beautiful £1,000 Justin Alexander gown from Creatiques for just £500.
The Kings Theatre’s Sandra Smith thanked The News for its support.
She said: ‘It was just like a fairytale.
‘The whole atmosphere was very warm and they have been a lovely couple to work with.
‘The Kings Theatre is such a spectacular place.
‘When they kissed, the rose petals and pyrotechnics made it very special.’