Downton Abbey wedding dream leads bride to start company
FOR Downton Abbey fan Patricia Camp, there could only be 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 and table cloths to the entertainment.
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Guests at the reception even enjoyed sipping on knicker-bockers – a potent mix of vermouth and gin which would have been popular with characters played by 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 mum-of-one said: "I fell in love with Downton Abbey pretty much as soon as the series started.
"Obviously the scenery is fantastic and the big country house is so opulent.
"But it's not just that. 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 was a really magical day and everything I hoped it would be."
It marked an emotional climax to her relationship with quantity surveyor David, 51, whom she met online five years ago.
After the dust settled on the celebrations, she decided other couples might like to make use of her expertise on their own big days, so launched her own company, Downton Abbey Weddings.
"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 over in America who love Downton Abbey."
For more information about the company, visit www. downtonabbeyweddings.co. uk.