Although Hannah and Alex both went to the same school, he was in the year above and it wasn't until Hannah's friend's 17th birthday party that they met properly. They chatted all night and ended up exchanging numbers. Two weeks later it turned out they were both going to Reading Festival with the same group of friends. "We really hit it off, spent most of our time there together and shared our first kiss," remembers Hannah. "We felt a connection straight away and really enjoyed each other's company and making each other laugh."

Bride and groom pose in front of parklands Fast forward to their fifth anniversary as a couple and a trip to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour London where Alex popped the question in front of a model of Hogwarts Castle. "It's a magical place for us as we both love Harry Potter and we'd been there before," explains Hannah. "It was a massive surprise, I burst out crying and hugged him while he was still down on one knee."

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Hannah chose a fishtail mermaid-style Essence of Australia dress, Style D2322, from Anya Bridal Couture. "I saw the dress on Pinterest and when I walked into the shop and asked for something like it, they said they had the exact one in my sample size!" says Hannah.

It was meant to be; figure-hugging, with stunning cut-out sides, alacy button back and train for added flare. "I knew it had to be lacy and sparkly and this dress had all the perfect features, it also had to be comfortable as I needed to be able to dance in it. It felt perfect andI knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on," adds Hannah.

She decorated her veil with diamanté around the edge to catch the light. The bridesmaids wore mint green long floaty dresses with lace overlay bodices. Alex and his groomsmen looked smart in lightweight three-piece grey suits and Alex had a different tie and pocket square to stand out. He also sported a new pocket watch, a surprise gift fromHannah on the wedding morning.

Bride dries her eyes during the wedding ceremony

When it came to choosing where to wed, the all-inclusive option at Old Thorns ticked all the right boxes for a stress-free wedding. “The package we went for included food, drink, DJ, tables and cutlery, so we didn’t have to organise lots of different suppliers,” explained Hannah.

White chair covers

"The golf course was perfect for great photos and we liked that people could stay over if they wanted to. We decided to stay in the new apartments with our bridesmaids and the best men, which made everything feel even more special. The ceremony was magical, full of memorable and emotional moments for them both.

Pretty pastels: Image 4 "The celebrant Beverley Geary was superb. We met with her many times before the wedding and, with her help, we were able to add our own touch and personalise the service, which made it extra special. We had a hand fasting ceremony as well which was really romantic," recalls Hannah.

Wooden ladder table plan

The table plan was set on a decorated wooden ladder complete with small birdcages, which also featured in the design of the table numbers and invitations in a range of soft pastel shades. As a special personal touch, instead of traditional favours they attached charity pin badges to everyones name cards. "We chose around 12 different causes that were meaningful to us and other guests at the wedding," explains Hannah.

Artificial flowers decorated the wedding venue

Apart from the gypsophila all the wedding flowers were artificial including the ones for the birdcage centrepieces. "They looked very real and everyone got to keep their bouquets and button holes,"says Hannah.

Pretty pastels: Image 6 The showstopping cake included a birdcage-shaped top tier, the middle was decorated with bunting and the bottom layer was surrounded by delicate flowers, in keeping with their theme and colour scheme. “The flavours included, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle and caramel/butterscotch – it was delicious,” adds Hannah. Her mum made bunting to decorate the windows and tables in pastel pink, blue, green and lilac. “We had a sweet cart and chocolate table which were decorated with bunting as well.”

Pretty pastels: Image 7 After the wedding breakfast, Alex's two best men Karl and Lee and one of Hannah's bridesmaids Karl's wife Senitta, surprised the happy couple by performing a medley of Disney and Mumford & Sons songs, all with revised lyrics about the the two of them. "It was so unexpected and is something we'll never forget. We couldn't stop smiling the whole way through and thanks to the videographer, it's something the family has already watched again many times," adds Karen.

Pretty pastels: Image 8 Guests were entertained by magician Sean Boon who performed a range of great tricks moving from group to group. "We love magic and it also fitted with the fact that we got engaged at the Harry Potter tour," says Hannah. They also had a Harry Potter themed photo booth which they made themselves using a frame and stand. There were plenty of fun props and fancy dress too, which showed up on the dancefloor as the evening party hotted up.

Pretty pastels: Image 9 "Chris our photographer and D&T Video services were brilliant. They both gave us so much advice before and during the day, helping us to stay calm, laugh and make our day extra special. Everything they did seemed effortless and we couldnt be happier with the photos and video."

Hannah and Alex's contact book

Bride's dress

Anya Bridal Couture

Bridesmaids' dresses

Dorothy Perkins


Angel Cakes Hampshire


Mind Body and Soul Too


Sean Boon Magician

Faux flowers and chair covers

Groom and groomsmen's suits

Burton, Portsmouth


LV Hair Beauty & Bridal

Liberty tie and pocket square

Astares Menswear

Liberty tie and pocket square

Astares Menswear

Liberty tie and pocket square

Astares Menswear


SUCH Photography


Old Thorns Hotel


D&T Video Services
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