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Couple and guests take Hockwold back in time for 1940s-style wedding




Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202204009
Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202204009

When Paul Millar and Carol Groves decided the have a 1940s themed wedding they hoped all the guests would get in the mood, and they were not disappointed.

Paul said afterwards: “All our guests just knocked it out of the park for us – it all looked and felt so authentic. Everyone played their part.”

Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202017009
Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202017009

Even the wedding photographers dressed up on Saturday at the church in Hockwold, where the couple live.

Paul and Carol, who run Simply Shutters in Brandon, have been together 18 years and Paul proposed on holiday in India.

“I’ve always loved the 1940s music, the big band sound,” he said. “I suggested a ‘40s wedding and she said yes.”

So Paul set about planning it, right down to even having the right soap in the toilets. Though he did not go as far as rationing the fish and chip supper, he did have ration cards as table place labels.

Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202050009
Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202050009

“The idea was to have the guests turning up in ‘40s coaches with ‘40s papers on the seats,” he said. “The coaches were like a time machine.”

When they walked to the village hall after the ceremony, they found sandbags round the door, military vehicles outside and ‘40s-style decorations. Eddy Seales Band from King’s Lynn providing the right sound, along with a real wartime air raid siren going off during the meal.

Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202121009
Paul Millar and Carol Groves getting married in a1940s themed wedding celebration at Holkwold Church ANL-150927-202121009


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