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A real  wedding that’s all the fun of the fair! Introducing Mr and Mrs Norris…

We love couples that met in unusual ways, and Charlotte and Marc are the perfect example, having been set up through a blind date. “Marc was the brother of a work colleague, and had been going through a really tough time following the breakup of his first marriage,” explains Charlotte. “I was actually going to have a drink with him out of sympathy – but we got on like a house on fire, despite the fact he’s eight years younger than me,” she adds.

Marc proposed during a family holiday to Euro Disney. “He got down on one knee at the top of the Eiffel tower – he attempted to ask me in French, but let’s just say he isn’t bilingual, and it didn’t go down too well!” smiles Charlotte.

Charlotte found her gown; ‘Cosmobella’ at Butterfly Brides in Poundbury, Dorset. “It was the first dress I’d tried on, and I did think it looked wonderful, but I thought I ought to try on a few others just to be sure,” remembers Charlotte. “After trying on another 15 or so – I realised it was definitely ‘the one’ for me!”

The couple’s wedding was a family affair with Charlotte’s daughter Selma, Marc’s daughter Eloise and Charlotte’s niece Isabelle all acting as bridesmaids and flowergirls for the day. Max and Ben, Marc’s sons were also the page boys.

“We didn’t have a theme as such for the wedding – we just wanted everyone to have as much fun as possible. I was really conscious that most of my friends and family were coming to a wedding by the seaside and I didn’t want the children stuck in a hotel all day, so we arranged for a bus to take everyone down the seafront after the canapés and photos. We had prepaid for the crazy golf and bulk bought ride tokens and let everyone go and let their hair down for an hour and a half before the meal!” says Charlotte

“It was such great fun and meant that everyone got to get out onto the beach, get some fresh air, build up an appetite, and not be too drunk by the evening (well – that was the plan!). So many of the kids told their parents that it was the best wedding they had ever been to!”

“For our honeymoon we travelled up to the Lake District via Alton Towers, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. We had some amazing meals, had afternoon tea at Chatsworth House, visited the Theakston Brewery and the Wensleydale cheese factory –basically the entire trip revolved around food and drink!” laughs Charlotte.

If you’d like to share your own wedding with me contact realweddings@weddingideasmag.com and who knows, I may be featuring you on this very blog, sometime in the future!

Love Alice xx

Images courtesy of:  linusmoranphotography.co.uk

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