When I first read Carly and Edward’s wedding story, I was so moved, I just knew I had to share it with you. If you take one thing from this post this morning, let it be that no matter what life throws at you, love truly will conquer all. Alice x

“I met Ed in 2008 in a hotel bar in Southend. We were both away with our work groups, but as it was late and the bar was almost empty, all our colleagues began to chat to one another,” remembers Carly. “Ed and I ended up sitting next to each other and chatted all night long. I immediately felt a real connection to him, and we swapped numbers at the end of the night. However, I didn’t think much could come of it, there were so many obstacles that could have prevented us being together – I was living in Dover, and him in Cardiff, and not only was I 9 years older than him, I was widowed with a beautiful son, which are not the easiest circumstances to start a relationship,” she adds.

“Nonetheless after hours spent on the phone talking, and a year of alternating our weekends between Dover and Cardiff, Ed managed to change his territory at work so he could be closer to me,” explains Carly. “We booked a weekend stay at a beautiful Cardiff hotel to celebrate, and that’s when he proposed. The tears were streaming down my face as I read a lovely card he had written to me, and then as he got down on one knee. Ed was so sensitive about the tragic events of my past and my son, but he was also wonderful at helping me to see it was a new begginning, and our future as a couple and a family. I was completely overwhelmed – he may be younger than me, but he is so considerate, caring, understanding, and patient. I really do believe I am the luckiest girl in the world.”

Carly bought her one-shoulder wonder gown from Dreams Bridal Studio in Kent. “It was a Venus Pallas Athena dress – style 9931, and it only cost £530. It was beautiful yet simple, with a strap over one shoulder and some small detailing on the front. I also had some sparkly beading added around the bottom, to add a touch of glamour. My Jon Richard jewellery was from Debenhams as were my Jasper Conran shoes. The boys hired their outfits from Moss Bros, with handkerchiefs and cravats from Dessy to match the bridesmaids dresses.”

“I had two bridesmaids, my sister Anna and my best friend Deborah. Both girls have been amazing to me and have been there for me through the many ups and downs in my life. I respect and trust them both so much, and I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else,” smiles Carly. The girls looked pretty as a picture in their Sunflower Yellow dresses from Dessy.

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“Our ceremony took place in The Old Kent Barn, which is a breathtaking venue, and we were lucky enough with the weather to be able to get married outside in their gazebo,” recalls Carly.

“My flowers were created by Karen Hart at Flowerpower. I went to meet her with a whole host of ideas, and she really helped me to bring all my designs together. Frances Symes at Franniepants provided all our stationery. She was so wonderful and created everything to match. I also really enjoyed choosing the decorations for the venue and providing all the small finishing touches. I bought clear Swarovski scatter crystals from Confetti. I also managed to find yellow disposable cameras for the tables at Tip Top Wedding Shop , which I decorated with a few stick on gems and stickers that we had made with our names and wedding date on. I also bought a wicker basket from Asda, which I lined with some yellow fabric, to hold white and yellow flip flops which the ladies (and some men!) could wear if their feet started to ache!”

“For our evening party we had The Kingsdown Band perform, and we gave our guests paper bags filled with just yellow sweets to take home – or eat in the taxis on the way back!” smiles Carly.

Their honeymoon was a family trip away to Euro Disney with Thomas. Carly and Ed have also planned a trip away to Mexico for just the two of them, later in the year. We wish them the best best of luck and happiness for everything the future may bring.

Photos courtesy of Alan Langley of Dover Design