Couple’s marriage is off to a flyer - with the help of the Red Arrows

The Red Arrows made the day of Craig and Camille Walton.
The Red Arrows made the day of Craig and Camille Walton.
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Married life got off to a flying start for a couple when the Red Arrows made their big day dreams come true.

Camille Walton and other family members had made requests for the RAF squad to make their wedding extra special by making a heart in the sky when they realised their celebration would be on the Sunday of Sunderland International Airshow.

I was my one wish and I got it.

Camille Swindells

Now they have an extra special memory and image to cherish after the jets provided the Ryhope couple with the perfect back drop for their photographs.

Camille, nee Swindells, and Craig exchanged vows after a decade together.

Their ceremony had been put back a year after 33-year-old Camille found out she was pregnant with Niamh, now 15 months old, but the new date still hit the same weekend as the airshow, leading Camille, her sister-in-law Suzanne Dotchin, 43, of Kingston Park, and her own brother Adam Swindells, 32, from Pennywell, to each mount efforts to contact the Red Arrows team.

Camille, who works as a systems manager for IT firm 4 Projects by Viewpoint and is also mum to Eva, 10, said: “When we realised it was airshow weekend again it was a total coincidence, and a couple of days before my sister-in-law said she has contacted the Red Arrows, and I’d emailed the airshow directly and didn’t get a reply.

“My brother contacted them through Twitter.

“They said they got a lot of requests, but would see what they could do.

“When it happened, it was amazing.

“After the ceremony at 2pm, they must have gone past at 2.30pm and we went out into the courtyard and saw a Red Arrow fly past before they all joined together.

“Our photographer grabbed his camera, as did everyone else, and it was just perfect.

“I asked if they would make a heart and they did, and then they did a fly-by and they’d done the heart.

“I was my one wish and I got it.”

Camille and Craig, who works as an engineer for BAE Systems, got together after they met through friends, and they married in The Vault at the Quayside Exchange before the venue hosted their reception.

The image of the heart in the background of their picture is to be given pride of place over their fireplace, with photographer Allen Rose helping them to put together their finished photo album of the event.

Camille added: “Everyone thought it was fantastic and I’ve put some of the photos on Facebook and lots of people have commented on how amazing they are.

“I never dreamed that I would have that picture I wanted.”