Apple-themed day for Lucy and Chris

Lucy Andrews and Chris Major. Picture: cottoncandy weddings.co.uk
Lucy Andrews and Chris Major. Picture: cottoncandy weddings.co.uk

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Beautiful Eastclose Country House Hotel in the New Forest was the setting for the wedding of Lucy Andrews and Chris Major.

The couple were joined by 75 family and friends at the venue, which was exclusively theirs for the occasion.

‘It was wonderful to have it to ourselves. It’s such a lovely property and has beautiful grounds,’ says Lucy.

The couple were married at the Georgian property – which is rumoured to have been where author Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – four years to the day that they met.

The bride walked down the aisle with her father in a stunning Ian Stuart dress and Christian Louboutin shoes to harpist Rebekah Webb playing Wagner’s Bridal Chorus.

The two pageboys announ-ced the bride’s entrance with a ‘Here comes the bride’ sign.

Following the ceremony, Lucy and Chris explored the 18-acre grounds with their photographers Cotton Candy Weddings while the wedding party enjoyed Prosecco and canapés in the cocktail bar.

Speeches and a champagne toast took place before guests dined on a three-course wedding breakfast.

The wedding had an apple theme, with the individual place names a fresh green Granny Smith apple.

The bride had also collected china and glass apples which adorned the various grand fireplaces around the hotel.

Lucy says: ‘The apple idea came from a television programme. I thought it was a really nice idea. I think some people were wondering “is there a reason for this” though.’

Favours were pistachio flavoured French macarons, hand-baked by the bride’s mother, and the treats continued into the evening with a DIY sweetie stall where sweets and cookies were displayed in vintage cut glass dishes.

The newlyweds, from Titchfield, were joined by a further 30 guests for the evening reception where everyone partied the night away to the sounds of acoustic singer Dave Barrett and DJ Dan Morten.

Those who had worked up an appetite dancing took a break later in the evening to refuel with bacon butties and wedding cake.

Lucy, 30, and Chris, 31, met while on a night out at Chicago Rock in Fareham and Chris proposed on Christmas Day 2011 when he got down on one knee beside the Christmas tree with an art deco inspired diamond ring sparkling in the fairy lights.

The couple enjoyed a relaxing two week honeymoon in Thailand a few weeks after the wedding.