Wedding Stories

It’s never too late …

More than half a century after they first got together Pam Smith and Arthur Baldacchino have finally tied the knot at the Queens Hotel in Southsea.

The couple from Portchester first met 53 years ago when Pam was working in the paper shop in Eastney Road and Arthur was managing the fish shop opposite..

It’s the details that count …

When it came to planning their big day, bride-to-be Zoe Combes and her fiancé Ashley Meredith went into creative overdrive to ensure there were plenty of memorable moments.

The graphic and website designer used all her artistic flair and eye for detail when it came to creating keepsakes and making sure the event space looked beautiful.

It had to be the Queens …

When it came to choosing the perfect venue for their wedding, It was an easy decision for Phil Vickers and David Morant.

David explained: “We celebrated my 60th birthday here. We had afternoon tea in Libby’s (the room where we eventually chose to hold our wedding breakfast) and when it came to deciding where we wanted to get married, it seemed like a no-brainer.”

A touch of drama for Gill and Cameron’s big day

Tying the knot in the same hotel where an episode of TV gold, Mr Bean, was filmed was a big tick for Cameron Cosgrave – Lewsey and his drama loving new wife Gill on their big day.

They wanted their wedding day to reflect their love of family and FUN – and they even had their own drag queen Miss Hilsea Lido taking on the role of MC for the day.

Candlelit perfection for newly-weds Jorden and Dex

Having met at his 21st birthday party, Dex Boyle and Jorden Hunt fell in love and became engaged on holiday in Cyprus in 2015.

Wedding plans were put on hold for seven years as Dex and Jorden had to contend with some major family upheaval. However on December 30 2022, the happy couple from North End finally exchanged their vows in front of friends and family at The Queens Hotel in Southsea.

Creating a beautiful wonderland on their wedding day

When Kerry and Kenny Parkes decided to hold their wedding at The Queens Hotel, they knew they wanted to make a big impact.

And as you can see from their beautiful photos, they managed to transform the Elizabeth Room into a fairytale setting for their guests to enjoy.

Following in Mum and Dad’s footsteps …

When Georgie Leech and Andy Tubb decided to tie the knot, they never dreamt they would follow in their Mum and Dad’s footsteps.

Having checked out a few other options in the city, Georgie and Andy explained they just popped into the Queens to check it out and instantly knew it was the place for them.

Never too late for love …

More than half a century after they first met, Gail Chipperfield,75, and Tony Monson,78, tied the knot in style at the Queens Hotel.

They first met when Tony was celebrating his 24th birthday and Gail was just 21-years-old. The couple spent four good years together and then sadly parted.

Long distance love story

Locked down in Dubai with her husband-to-be, Rachel Al Mughairi knew Southsea was where she wanted to be for her wedding day.

She was determined not to let the 4,000 mile distance and the fact she was unable to travel due to Covid restrictions stand in the way of her marriage plans.

Covid didn’t put a damper on the Fossett’s wedding day

When it came to enjoying her wedding day, bride Martha Fossett wasn’t going to let a pandemic get in the way of marrying the man she loves.

By the time they finally married in December 2020 (one day before Tier 4 restrictions were introduced in Portsmouth), their wedding plans had already changed significantly.

Patience is a virtue

It was a case of third time lucky for Alana and Stu Burnett when it came to holding their wedding day at the Queens Hotel.

Planning for their big day started in December 2018, when the couple first checked out the Elizabeth Room. Initial plans to marry in 2020 were delayed twice as a result of the pandemic and the wedding eventually took place in August 2021.

A Walk on the Dark Side

When Lou Hoy was planning her wedding she had a very clear picture in her mind of the look and feel she wanted.

The day needed to be an expression of the love of art, taxidermy and the slightly macabre that she and husband Lloyd shared.

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