The ‘lovely’ wedding on the hottest day of the year in Old Portsmouth

Carly and Dave Levitt on their wedding day. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.
Carly and Dave Levitt on their wedding day. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.
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It was the hottest day of the year and in Old Portsmouth the Levitts were trying to keep cool on their wedding day.

Inside the Square Tower, Carly, dressed in her beautiful dress, and Dave, in a tweed suit, couldn’t stop smiling as they exchanged vows and handed out fans to their guests. 

Carly on her wedding day. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography

Carly on her wedding day. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography

‘We got married on the hottest day of the year, July 25. We gave everyone fans and Dave included that in his speech,’ laughs Carly, 32. 

‘It was a lovely day.’ 

The couple, from North End, first met when they both went to Mayfield School. 

‘We met through mutual friends when I was 14 and he was 16. And we have been together ever since,’ says Carly, whose maiden name is Stares. 

Dave entertains the guests with his speech. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.

Dave entertains the guests with his speech. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.

In September 2017, Dave, 34, and Carly were on holiday in Rome when he decided to get down on one knee. 

‘We were having dinner and he was acting really strangely. I thought he wasn’t enjoying himself but I later realised he was just nervous. 

‘Of course I said yes!’

The couple originally planned to tie the knot in Jamaica but unfortunately things did not go to plan. 

Dave and Carly with their children, from left, Tia, Lacey, Dolly, and Dexter in the middle. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.

Dave and Carly with their children, from left, Tia, Lacey, Dolly, and Dexter in the middle. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.

Carly explains: ‘Originally, we were going to get married in Jamaica because I have always wanted to go. Everyone was willing to fly so we booked the hotel.

‘But last September, the hotel said it was going in for refurbishment. They gave us back our deposit so we decided to get married here instead.’ 

Carly and Dave married in front of 70 guests and their children Tia, 14, Lacey, 11, Dolly, 7, and Dexter, five, in their home city. 

‘I’m not really one for fuss so I had never thought about getting married before. 

The Levitts at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.

The Levitts at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. Picture: Carla Mortimer Photography.

‘But I feel we’re more connected as a family now,’ smiles Carly.  

‘I loved it – it was great having all of our friends and family together.’ 

And while hundreds of young people lined the Hotwalls and riots raged outside, the blissful couple enjoyed their day before travelling to the Rifle Club, Portsmouth, for their reception. 

‘It didn’t affect us much. We were lucky, though,’ adds Carly.  

The couple are now looking forward to their honeymoon in Spain.