Animal loving bride Tanya Docwra celebrates her marriage to Jonathan Smith in Great Yarmouth with her pets by her side

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra - 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.

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra - Credit: Archant

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.

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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The pair are both ex-racehorses who were bought for £40 each, and still compete locally in dressage, showjumping and showing.

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra - Credit: Archant

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.

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra

Tanya Docwra's invited her beloved animals to her wedding. Photos courtesy of: Tanya Docwra - Credit: Archant

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.

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