Harry Maguire marries Fern Hawkins! Footballer kisses his new bride during romantic ceremony at lavish French Châteaux as he shares first snap
- The England defender, 29, shared the first snap of their wedding to his Instagram page on Saturday after they tied the knot in a lavish French Châteaux
- The couple, who started dating 11 years ago, are treating their friends and family to a lavish £500,000 wedding bash
- Last month Harry and Fern were legally married in a private ceremony in Cheshire, in preparation for their lavish French nuptials
- Harry proposed to Fern in February 2018 during a romantic holiday to Paris
Harry Maguire has married his childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins.
The England defender, 29, shared the first snap of their wedding to his Instagram page on Saturday afternoon after they tied the knot in a lavish French Châteaux.
Harry and Fern, who looked stunning in a flowing princess-style gown and veil, shared a sweet kiss at the altar after being declared man and wife.
He captioned the post: ‘25.06.22. A day I’ll never forget.’
Congrats! Harry Maguire has married his childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins
Earlier in the day last minute preparations were seen getting underway ahead of the ceremony.
Heaps of beautiful flowers arrived at the couple’s wedding venue on Saturday ahead of them getting married in front of close friends and family.
The footballer and his wife who officially said their vows at Crewe Registry Office in May, chose an array of pink, peach, and white roses to make their day extra special.
Arrival! Earlier in the day, last minute preparations began for the England defender’s nuptials as he finally prepared to tie the knot with his childhood sweetheart
On Friday morning, Harry was seen jogging around the grounds of his wedding venue, a French Château located amidst South Burgundy’s finest vineyards and acres of countryside.
Staff members were seen loading fresh blooms into the back of a van before driving them into the Château in preparation for the bride’s arrival.
The vibrant boutiques could give a hint as to what Fern’s bridesmaids are wearing for the big event, which is taking place on Saturday afternoon.
Security at the Châteaux was tight, with every gated entrance patrolled by guards.
Here he is! On Thursday, Harry was pictured basking in the French sunshine with his top off after arriving at the luxury 13th Century Châteaux
Wow! Heaps of beautiful flowers arrived at the couple’s wedding venue on Saturday ahead of them getting married in front of close friends and family
No expense spared! The England defender and his wife, who officially said their vows at Crewe Registry Office in May, chose an array of pink, peach, and white roses to make their day special
Preparations: Staff members were seen loading fresh blooms into the back of a van before driving them into the Château in preparation for the bride’s arrival
On Thursday, Harry was pictured basking in the French sunshine with his top off after arriving at the luxury 13th Century Châteaux.
His England teammate Jordan Pickford and his wife Megan Davison will be in attendance on Saturday, as Harry and Fern celebrate their union in style.
The couple, who started dating 11 years ago, are treating their friends and family to a lavish £500,000 wedding bash.
Harry proposed to Fern in February 2018 during a romantic holiday to Paris and the pair waited until after the Covid-19 pandemic to walk down the aisle.
Here comes the groom: Harry, who teamed his shirt with black shorts and stylish trainers, looked in good spirits as he prepared to settle into the plush abode ahead of his nuptials (pictured on Thursday)
Harry arrived at nearby Dijon airport around 1.30pm local time on Thursday.
The group travelled around an hour to the chateau – where screens have been put in place around the grounds – before enjoying a family get together later that evening.
Bride-to-be Fern meanwhile enjoyed a meal locally on Thursday evening alongside Harry’s sister Daisy and Jordan Pickford’s wife, Megan.
Fern beamed with happiness as she sat amongst her nearest and dearest while celebrating her impending nuptials with an Aperol Spritz.
A source told The Mirror: ‘They are both very excited to be having their big day here – and all their loved ones with them for the wedding. It is the most romantic setting imaginable.’
The happy couple: Harry and Fern officially exchanged vows at Crewe Registry Office in May but wanted to celebrate in style at the French Chateau de Varennes
Harry and Fern’s daughters, Lillie Saint, three, and Piper Rose, two, will also be attendance on their special day.
An onlooker told MailOnline on Friday: ‘The wedding venue is beautiful. It’s surrounded by picturesque countryside and is a stunning building.
‘The only downside is the weather, it’s currently pouring, and thunderstorms are forecast for the weekend.’
Harry was spotted jogging around the luxurious property on Friday morning with two pals ahead of the bash, which is expected to last three days.
Venue: Harry Maguire and his new wife Fern Hawkins are expected to celebrate their marriage in front of family and friends at the sumptuous Chateau de Varennes (above) in the Burgundy wine region on Saturday
Wow: Preparations were underway this morning at the venue, which boasts 100-acres of land, an outdoor swimming pool and an orangery described as one of the most beautiful rooms for a reception in all France
The footballer wore a grey T-shirt and black shorts as he exercised in the French countryside.
A source added: ‘Harry looked relaxed ahead of his big day. He certainly didn’t look as though he has any pre-wedding jitters.’
The couple sent out invitations in pink and white boxes with ‘a fancy bow’ on top. The bridesmaids’ dresses will be in ivory, rose, pink, and purple and Daisy is the maid of honour.
Listed as a historic monument and made up of beautiful buildings and grounds near the south-eastern wine capital of Beaune, it goes back to the 13th Century when it was owned by the Dukes of Burgundy.
Girls night: Fern looked radiant as she dined with friends on Thursday night in France alongside England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s wife, Megan (second from left) and Harry’s sister Daisy. The women appeared to be relaxing with glasses of Aperol Spritz
Work on the main house in Charette-Varennes started in 1730, and it has developed into one of the most splendid properties in Europe.
The sprawling château has been owned by the aristocratic Truchis de Varennes family, who were ennobled in 1648, for the past 400 years.
They have transformed their estate into an upmarket holiday resort and wedding venue.
The Chateau de Varennes also features a historic chapel which allows wedding ceremonies on site – and an orangery described as one of the most beautiful rooms for a reception in all France.
Love: Manchester United captain Harry proposed to Fern in February 2018 during a romantic holiday to Paris following a 10-year romance and the pair celebrated by posting this picture of him giving her a kiss on the cheek beneath the Eiffel Tower
Harry and Fern’s honeymoon suite – named the ‘Princess’ suite is the best room in the château.
It’s touted as ‘filled with gorgeous natural light and ornated in neutral shades with gold molders’ and ‘brides love this suite as the high ceilings, above four metres, allow photographers to get the best of your bridal prep photos.
The huge space provided by this suite is also meaning that all your bridal party can easily get prepared together with you.’
Fun times: Fern enjoyed a fun-filled hen do in Marbella in May where she donned a specially-made Bride sailor’s hat and partied with up to 20 of her girlfriends including close pal Jordan Pickford’s wife, Megan
Celebrity wedding planner Susanna Richardson, whose clients include the likes of Jack Wilshere, Joe Hart, and Rio and Kate Ferdinand, organised the bash.
The Manchester United captain proposed to Fern in February 2018 during a romantic holiday to Paris following a 10-year romance.
Fern, who like Harry is from Sheffield, said the footballer had made her the ‘happiest girl in the world’ after asking for her hand in marriage.
Hen do: The bride to be even jokingly wore a Manchester United shirt with her husband’s number 5 and the word ‘bride’ on the back
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