Animal loving bride Tanya Docwra celebrates her marriage to Jonathan Smith in Great Yarmouth with her pets by her side
- Credit: Archant
When Jonathan Smith proposed to Tanya Docwra just over a year ago, she told him that she wanted her beloved animals by her side at the altar.
The animal loving bride had her wish granted and she celebrated her big day alongside two of her dogs and her two horses.
The couple, who have known each other since they were teenagers, got married at Great Yarmouth Town Hall on May 12 in front of about 80 guests.
Before the service, the registrar asked Mr Smith, 47, a farmer and plant operator, to point out who the ring bearers 'Ronnie and Reggie' were and was shocked to find out they were two Italian greyhounds.
MORE: For tips on planning your own special day, visit EDP weddingsMrs Docwra-Smith, 46, said the two five-year-old dogs were chosen out of the eight she owns because they were the best behaved of her pets.
You may also want to watch:
She added: 'The dog's breeder came to look after them for the weekend. She took them to a dog show and they qualified for Crufts.'
After the ceremony, the newlyweds were met by Mrs Docwra-Smith's two horses Midnight Spirt and CeCe outside the reception which was held at the Waveney Barn in Burgh Castle.
- 1 Driver who died in A47 crash had medical episode
- 2 Plans to open McDonald's on outskirts of town in 2022
- 3 Chance to have your say over 4,000-home development
- 4 First look as Norwich's new £2.75m recycling centre opens
- 5 Birds of prey found shot and poisoned during raid in Norfolk
- 6 Reader letter: How Roy Hodgson can save Norwich City
- 7 Teen opens American sweet shop in town
- 8 Woman in 70s knocked over by cyclist at bus station
- 9 'Ugly' Norfolk pub fight was sparked by act of revenge, court hears
- 10 Norwich man found guilty of 33-year-old's murder
The pair are both ex-racehorses who were bought for £40 each, and still compete locally in dressage, showjumping and showing.
Lifelong equine enthusiast Mrs Docwra-Smith used to show jump in competitions across the country and rode for England Western-style, taking the British title, and she went on to compete in America.
She is the head of 'Team Docwra' and now helps youngsters compete in competitions.
Mr Smith's father has his own equestrian links, as was head of the Breymar stud and bred Welsh Section B horses.
The big day was real a family occasion, with Mrs Docwra-Smith's children Thomas, 26, and Alfie, 12, there too.
She said the day was also a very emotional one as her seriously ill father, Michael Docwra, was still able to walk her down the aisle.
She added: 'We didn't know if he was going to make it to the wedding. I think this was keeping him going.'
Mrs Docwra-Smith thanked extended family members and childhood friends for helping to bring the day together by baking the wedding cake and Lisa Leech for lending the use of a wedding carriage.