A stately home real wedding in beautiful Osborne House on the Isle of Wight… Carli and Anthony got married in August 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Carli and Anthony

WHERE: Osborne House, Isle of Wight

WHEN: August 2011



The proposal

“I met Anthony on the first day of my teaching placement,” remembers Carli. “He proposed to me on New Year’s Eve 2007. Before heading in to town to celebrate, we went for a walk to our local park. There, he gave me a large box to open and inside was a pair of pink spotty wellies, which I was told to put on. I then continued to follow him further in to the park, when suddenly the whole place lit up with thousands of fairy lights, strung from the trees. At the foot of one of the largest trees was a mat, where Anthony went down on one knee. I cried instantly and said ‘yes’. I found out later that his brother Nick had been hiding in the bushes waiting for the perfect moment to turn on the lights!”

The bride’s real wedding outfit

“I spent ages looking for the right dress, and was starting to get quite down about not being able to find the right one,” remembers Carli. “Then I stumbled across the French designer Cymbeline and fell in love, my real wedding gown was so light and well made, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.” We think Carli’s one-shoulder real wedding dress is perfect for the beautiful stately home, Osborne house

The groom’s outfit

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Anthony and his bridal party looked polished to perfection in their real wedding suits hired from Moss Bros

“I came across French designer Cymbeline and fell in love. My gown was a dream!”

The bridesmaids

“I had one adult bridesmaid, Jess, who is my close friend. I also had our beautiful daughter Isla as a flowergirl,” says Carli. Jess’ dress was from John Lewis, while Isla had two dresses to choose from, by Debenhams and BHS

The reception decor

“I didn’t want floral centrepieces because they don’t last, so I came up with an idea far more personal. I collected and scanned photos of our childhood, as well as our family together, which I had printed in black and white. I then scattered them over the tables, along with a few pearls. It looked amazing, and I felt proud that it was entirely my idea,” smiles Carli. We love the gorgeous stately home, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight

The cake

A close friend made the couple’s real wedding cake and favours. “It was the most beautiful cake, and every bit tasted as good as it looked,” recalls Carli

The stationery

Was lovingly handmade by the bride, along with expert help from her bridesmaid Jess

The honeymoon

“Because Isla is only three, we have decided to postpone the honeymoon for a few years, until she is old enough to stay with her Grandparents,” says Carli.