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Invitation to a Real Wedding Claire & Lee

by Kloe Forster

Thank you to Claire and Lee for sharing your Fairytale of New York wedding with us.

We have a feeling their photos will have you wishing for a destination wedding in the Big Apple too – take a look!

How He Asked…

“My boyfriend Lee asked my to marry him whilst we were away celebrating my birthday in Berlin, back in December 2016.

We were having dinner at the top of the revolving TV tower – it was so romantic, although the ring very nearly didn’t make it through the security checks! I hadn’t suspected a thing…”

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The Ceremony Details…

“We chose to have a destination wedding held in Central Park New York. We decided Gapstow Bridge would be the perfect location to say our vows to each other. We took our children along with us – my 2 girls and his son, my parents came too

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We hired a wedding planner named Josephine from ‘I do weddings NYC’ and our photographer was Jimmy Chu.

After the ceremony, we went to various locations around the city in a limo to get photos taken in the most iconic places. We had some taken outside the Rockerfeller tree and ice rink, The New York Public Library, Grand Central Station as well the Flat Iron Building and the Empire State building. We finished it off with a meal at the Plaza Hotel. “

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The Reception Details…

“On our return to the UK, we had a meal with a few close friends and family that weren’t able to come to New York, we then carried on partying the night away with the rest of our friends and family (about 80 in total) – we ate Hog roast and Cake.”

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The Wedding Party…

“I chose my two daughters to be my bridesmaids, aged 17 and 10.

My Husband chose his Son, aged 16, to be his right hand man!

The girls wore a burgundy dress and a navy dress with a fur cape to keep warm and my husband’s son wore a suit.”

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The Finer Details…

“We chose Winter themed bouquets and flowers. We had no favours but sparklers for everyone.

We decorated our reception room in the colours of our footie team and my daughter decorated a guest book and card holder in a New York theme to tie it in with our New York taxi wedding cake.”

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What stands out most about your big day?

“Our whole day was so magical, it really was our dream wedding. It snowed the day before so it was also a perfect white wedding! It was -11, their 2nd coldest New Year, ever.

My partner had organised a guitarist to play our football teams theme as I walked through the park to him, he then played a couple of our favourite songs as we had some photos taken in central park.

As it was New Years Eve, and we were in New York City, we decided at 11:45 that we would all go out and watch famous Times Square ball drop, as well as the fireworks in Central Park – it really was the most fantastic end the the most perfect day!”

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What advice would you give to other Brides / Grooms to be?

“Just try and enjoy the whole process  – including all of the planning.

Remember to take some time on the day to take it all in. It all goes so fast.”

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