After 30 years together, this happy couple travelled to the Caribbean for a tropical vow renewal...

Gill and Jamie first met in Southport nearly 30 years ago. “It’s our 25th wedding anniversary,” says Gill. “So, we decided to renew our vows in Barbados. I’m still waiting for the proposal, though. As I've now told Jamie we were getting married twice!”

Shopping for the dress

Gill found her dream dress at wed2b’s Fleetwood store. “My experience was fabulous,” she says. “I went to Liverpool wed2b first but they didn’t have my dress in the right size. So, I tried Fleetwood instead and they were amazing in there.” 

Gill chose Jolene, a pretty tea-length design with floral embroidery and a beautiful bouncy skirt “I wanted a shorter dress so I could paddle in the sea,” she says. “I also bought a short underskirt for extra volume, a floral Petal hair accessory and an Estella belt to highlight my waistline.”

Just the two of us

The couple held their vow renewal at Sandals Royal in Barbados on 27th October. “We wanted a beach ceremony for just the two of us,” says Gill.

The big day

“On the day it was hot,” says Gill. “I got ready with my wedding planner, who fastened my dress for me. My flowers were a small bouquet of white and pink orchids.”

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“Then I walked down the beach on my own but people at the pool and on the beach all applauded and clapped! For our music, we had ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sherian, 'Truly, Madly, Deeply’ by Savage Garden and 'You’re Still The One’ by Shania Twain. After the ceremony we enjoyed red velvet wedding cake, canapés and champagne on the beach.”

The best bits…

“The most memorable moment was walking back from the ceremony and the whole hotel complex applauding, cheering and congratulating us,” says Gill. “It was amazing!”

My top tips...

“Just drink champagne and enjoy your special day.”

Gill and Jamie’s Dream Team 

Venue and photographer: Sandals Royal Barbados

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