Teenage sweethearts, Bethany Thorpe and Alistair Gilbert, celebrated tying the knot at the weekend with a classic, vintage wedding.
In the beautiful sunshine, Bethany, from Corby Glen, and Alistair, from Billinghay, declared their love for one another at a ceremony held at the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club in Cotgrave, surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Bethany arrived in a classic vintage Bentley, and wore a princess-style embroidered bodice and full tulle skirt. She was given away by her father, Ernest Thorpe, and was accompanied by bridesmaids Hannah Wing, Rachel Hobster, Stacey Jones and Zoe Jordan, all from Grantham.
Bethany’s brother, Dale Thorpe, and Alistair’s brother, Daniel Gilbert, were ushers on the day and little Freddie Thorpe, Bethany’s nephew, had the big role of being the pageboy.
Also in attendance on the day was best man Douglas Marchant, an RAF officer who attended the ceremony in full uniform, and Alistair’s parents, Christine and John Gilbert, who are both ex-RAF officers.
The main speech on the day was made by mother of the bride Clare Jones, who had also made a spectacular five-tier cake for her daughter’s special day, and step-dad Lez Jones, who, as the official photographer, took over 1,000 photographs at the wedding.
Bethany, who turned 21 just two days before the wedding, has known Alistair since she was a teenager at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.
They now start their married life living at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, where Alistair is stationed as a proud member of the RAF.
The couple have postponed their honeymoon until September, when they will fly overseas to America. Meanwhile, they have spent all this week visiting family and friends in Grantham.