Sean and Antonia Horton tied the knot at their dream location
The love story between Sean and Antonia started in their teenage years over messaging site MSN, on which the couple would talk all evening after school. “Our friendship grew to become best friends. Eventually our feelings became stronger and we started a relationship,” says Antonia.
Shy Sean had planned the engagement for months in advance and had the ring for a couple of weeks before plucking up the courage to ask Antonia for her hand in marriage. “We were in a cocktail bar, and he just pulled a ring box out of his pocket, and said ‘would you marry me?’ I instantly said yes! I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”
Antonia decided that Cadbury House was her perfect wedding location, but due to a few setbacks, including the death of Sean’s father Martin, the couple had to postpone their wedding and this dream location seemed like it wouldn’t be a reality. Then fate came knocking in the shape of the Bristol Post’s ‘Win a Wedding’ competition in 2014, which offered the chance for one lucky couple to win a wedding worth £12,000. Sean and Antonia’s love story struck a chord with readers, and they were the worthy winners. Best of all, the venue was Cadbury House, so the couple finally got to have their wedding there in March 2015. “I fell in love the moment I saw it,” explains Antonia. The venue was everything they wanted and more, in part due to the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator Alice Grant. “Alice was amazing. Sorting out the seating plan and breakfast were a little stressful, but she took control and was brilliant.”
Antonia’s sister and aunt and Sean’s niece were the bridesmaids, and Sean’s close friend took on the best man role. Despite the typical English weather, the couple didn’t let that spoil their day. “The best part of the day for me was putting on my wedding dress,” says Antonia. “I felt like the princess I have always wanted to be! Best of all, I was walking down the aisle to marry my teenage sweetheart.” Her gorgeous strapless gown came from The Bridal Room in Westbury on Trym, while Sean’s dapper suit was supplied by Just for You Bridal.
Being the more reserved half of the couple, Sean admits he was very nervous on the day. “I’m not the type of person that likes attention, but as the day went on I couldn’t have felt happier, knowing that I had just married this beautiful lady who I cherish so much. The best part of the day was seeing Antonia for the first time walking down the aisle, then finally hearing the words ‘you are now husband and wife’!”
The day was also a double celebration as Antonia was eight months pregnant with their first child. “Even though I was massive, I still felt great. This was the wedding of my dreams, and I was marrying the man of my dreams.” The couple are now enjoying married life with their baby boy, who in another lovely twist of fate was due on Sean’s parents’ wedding anniversary, and who has Martin as his middle name.