Jade and David Sharpe enjoyed a winter wedding at Tortworth Court Hotel

When it came to proposing after over four years together, David knew Jade wouldn’t want their engagement to be done in public, so he took the initiative of planning an intimate engagement at his parent’s house, surrounded by their loved ones. “Dave and his nan secretly spent weeks planning the ring and bought a beautiful white gold ring with a Morganite stone and a diamond set either side,” explains Jade. “I was totally shocked and surprised!”

Three years later, the couple got married in January 2015 at Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel in South Gloucestershire. Surrounded by beautiful English countryside and clear lakes, the venue was a stunning backdrop for their wedding day. “The moment we drove up the drive to go and have a look at the venue it took our breath away, and we knew it was the right place to get married,” says Jade.

Keeping the wedding personal was very important for both Jade and David, who were keen for a day that could involve their friends and family. Jade had six bridesmaids and Dave four groomsmen, and loved ones also helped out with supplying details for the day, with Jade’s aunt making her white rose bouquet and one of her best friends creating the delicious wedding cake.

Jade planned the whole day by herself as she is very organised but admits, “I most definitely won’t be leaving my day job to become a wedding planner!” There were some (nice) surprises for the bride, however, with her father-in-law secretly organising a Rolls Royce Phantom to take her to the wedding ceremony. “That was a highlight of my day!” she enthuses.

Reward Photographics and Capture and Cut videographers were on hand to capture the details of the day, and the couple were grateful to both of these suppliers for being so relaxed. Jade and Dave also loved the service they got from Tortworth Court staff. “They were fantastic from start to finish, and we didn’t have to worry about anything.”

As the couple had been together for seven and a half years when they married, they already felt accepted into one another’s families, but Jade loved how both families mentioned that it felt as if they had gained a family member. “Marrying Dave was the best part of my day. I just couldn’t wait to become Mrs Sharpe and really that was all that mattered. I’m so happy to be his wife,” she explains. Admitting to feeling overwhelmed by all of the effort everyone had made for the happy couple, Dave adds: “It was the best day of my life. Jade looked beautiful and I knew I was a very lucky man!” And after their winter wedding, the couple then warmed up with a romantic honeymoon in Dubai.