Sea, air acrobats and family make for perfect day

Carla Nash and Matthew Popham
Carla Nash and Matthew Popham
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Having grown up in Portsmouth, St Mary’s Church in Fratton had always been familiar to Carla Nash.

In fact she’d walked past it many times as a young girl and dreamed about getting married there.

So it was the perfect venue when she and partner Matthew Popham decided to tie the knot.

‘That’s the church I always used to look at and think “That’s the one for me”,’ says the mum-of-two.

‘And even though Matthew wasn’t brought up in Portsmouth, as soon as he saw it, he agreed.’

The couple’s daughter Meah, seven, had a dress just like her mum’s and wore the same crown while son Harrison, almost two, looked as smart as his dad.

Carla and Matthew from North End, Portsmouth, also had three ushers, four adult bridesmaids and two flower girls to help them on their day.

After the service they headed for Southsea Castle, where a marquee in the courtyard provided them with the best possible place for their reception.

‘Matthew was brought up near water and his parents and uncles had boats so I wanted the reception to be some where near water,’ explains civil servant Carla, 27.

‘We decided on Southsea Castle because it’s right by the sea.

‘Then we got an acrobatics aeroplane to do a show and we could all look out to sea.’

The couple have been together for 10 years and met through Carla’s brother.

They’ve delayed their honeymoon and plan to take a family holiday on their one year anniversary instead.

‘It was a fantastic day,’ adds Carla.

‘I wish I could do it all over again. Everything was perfect.’