The finalists of the West Midlands Wedding of the Year competition have been announced – and two Shropshire ceremonies are among them.
Over the course of 2017, the team at Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine scoured the region for inspirational weddings.
Readers then voted online for their favourites, and five couples are now in the running to walk away with the Wedding of the Year 2018 title – and two of those were married at The Wroxeter, a venue between Shrewsbury and Telford.
The couples were spoken to about their married life, their first anniversary celebrations and why they believe they should win.
Stacey Morrison married Aaron Sumner at The Wroxeter on February 18, 2017, and the happy couple marked their first wedding anniversary back at the hotel with a special afternoon tea before flying to Venice to celebrate.
They said they couldn’t wait to “reminisce” about their big day and reflect on their first year of being married.
“For us, it’s knowing we’re a team and will never have to face things alone again,” said Stacey.
“We love sharing the simple things in life together like singing along to our favourite songs in the car. Being married allows you to be your true self with one another and that really is a great feeling.”
Laura Stephenson and Tim Collins are also in the final, and also got married at The Wroxeter. Their special day was on July 14, 2017 – and they are also heading back to the venue, and the surrounding area, for their first anniversary.
“The best thing about married life is embarking on new adventures together as a team, knowing that we’ve got each other’s love and support no matter what,” said Laura.
“Getting married changed everything and nothing at the same time, we’re still the same people and have our own lives and interests but marriage enriches everything.”
The couple were married in the rustic woodland ceremony site, with wild flowers and views across to the Wrekin. They also used The Wroxeter’s giant Kata tipis complete with fairy lights for the wedding breakfast.
“We wanted our day to be intimate and relaxed so that we could make a promise to each other for the rest of our lives. It was about bringing our love, families and friends together in one place and having a great time, “ adds Laura. “I think we can honestly say that our day was us through and through.”
Jodie Johnson, Wedding and Events Manager at The Wroxeter, said: “We wish both couples every success and have everything crossed that a Wroxeter wedding will be crowned ‘West Midlands Wedding of the Year’.”
To vote for Stacey and Aaron or Laura and Tim go to http://www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/woty8_final.cfm before April 27.