Downton Abbey fans given chance to wed like their heroes thanks to Tewkesbury woman
FOR Downton Abbey fan Patricia Camp there was only one way to get married.
The 47-year-old, from Tewkesbury, tied the knot with long-term partner David Camp in an Edwardian-themed wedding based on the blockbuster ITV drama.
Wearing a dress inspired by the series, complete with a diamond encrusted bodice, she said I do in front of a congregation attired in outfits from the era.
There were a host of other early 20th century touches – from the crockery to the entertainment.
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Guests at the reception even enjoyed sipping on knickerbockers – a mix of vermouth and gin which would have been popular with the characters played by Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
After the success of her big day, Patricia decided to launch her own company to bring the magic of Downton to other couples.
Then mother-of-one said: "I fell in love with Downton Abbey pretty much as soon as the series started.
"It's all the values connected to the Edwardian era – the politeness of people towards staff and the way everyone had their place in society.
"I decided I wanted to have an Edwardian themed wedding so started researching how all the different aspects of the day would have been in those days. It took me more than 18 months. I looked at the dress, the costumes of the guests, but also the finer details from the kind of tea-sets and silver they would have used to the table cloths and flowers.
"I also researched the kind of music and dances they would have had. We had servants dressed in costume and the barman even wore a false moustache from the period."
It marked an emotional climax to her relationship with quantity surveyor David, 51, whom she met online five years ago.
After her own celebrations, she decided other couples might like to make use of her expertise on their big days, so launched her own company, Downton Abbey Weddings. She has already picked up a flurry of interest, with more than 250 people joining the firm's Facebook page. "I had spent so long researching the era, it seemed a shame to waste all that knowledge," she added.
"It is early days but I have already had a lot of interest – particularly from people in America who love Downton Abbey."