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Harry Maguire Marries Childhood Sweetheart Fern Hawkins In A Stunning Wedding

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 luxury 100-acre, £350-a-night 13th Century French Château.

Harry and Fern, 27, who looked stunning in a flowing princess-style gown and veil, shared a sweet kiss at the altar after being declared man and wife, with guests including fellow England star Jordan Pickford and his wife Megan in attendance.

He captioned the post: ‘25.06.22. A day I’ll never forget.’

Onlookers told MailOnline that while the couple were able to exchange their vows in the sunshine, the weather soon took a turn, and as the rain began to fall the entire party headed inside.

Soon after Harry shared the snap from his nuptials, many other sporting stars shared their congratulations in the comments, with his England teammate Conor Coady writing: ‘Congratulations to you both big man.’

Arsenal and England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also posted: ‘Love it! Congratulations to you both,’ while Fulham’s Chalobah posted: ‘Congrats H.’

Chelsea star Danny Drinkwater also commented: ‘Congrats big guy.’

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.

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 Château was tight, with every gated entrance patrolled by guards.

Harry and Fern, both 29, officially exchanged vows at Crewe Registry Office in May but wanted to celebrate in style at the French Chateau de Varennes, which is situated amidst the country’s finest vineyards, treating their friends and family to thousands of pounds worth of spa treatments and champagne costing anything from £200 a bottle.

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An onlooker said: ‘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.

On Thursday, Harry was pictured basking in the French sunshine with his top off after arriving at the luxury 13th Century Château.

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.

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.

Daisy previously thanked Fern for ‘trusting her’ to organise her Marbella hen do, which was attended by 20 of her girlfriends in May.

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.’

Harry and Fern’s daughters, Lillie Saint, three, and Piper Rose, two, will also be attendance on their special day.

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.

The footballer wore a grey T-shirt and black shorts as he exercised in the French countryside.

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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.

The men in the wedding party had a kickaround in the lavish grounds of the Chateau de Varennes shortly after they jetted by private jet, arriving at nearby Dijon airport at around 1.30pm local time on Thursday.

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.

Work on the main house in Charette-Varennes started in 1730, and it has developed into one of the most splendid properties in Europe.

Sweeping lawns, statues and ornate hedgerows make it look like it has come straight out of a lavish wigs-and-horses period drama.

Its link with Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and her 12 wedding cakes also evoke the classic BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! and particularly the hugely popular Gâteau from the Château episode of 1985.

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.

It now offers 17 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms in the main house, and three more rooms in outbuildings.

Superior double rooms were today being advertised for £249 for a single night in mid-August, going up to £322 for a family room.

Wedding packages are by arrangement and cost as much as guests want to put into their special day.

Gardens surrounding the property feature a 400-year-old Lebanese cedar tree, which can be viewed from the château’s restaurant’s sun-drenched terrace where guests will be served their locally sourced breakfasts.

The very best wines from the area two grands crus, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, which can cost £200 a bottle or more for some vintages – and are available to be served at the château by arrangement.

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Harry’s friends and family also have a private chef to cater for every need while staying at the château, which also boasts an outdoor pool and tennis court.

An open bar was on hand to serve drinks well into the night, featuring signature cocktails including the vodka-based Burgundy Spring Punch and Peach Bellinis.

Options for the wedding meal featured Burgundy chicken, mushroom purée with velouté, plus Herb lamb loin and confit shoulder of lamb with vegetable croquette and with a Choron sauce.

Desserts included baked passion fruit custard, petit meringue and passion fruit curd, as well as chocolate truffle pavé with poached pears in a chocolate crumble.

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.’

There are also family suites available, including the largest room in the Chateau de Varennes at 70 square metres, and three other new bedrooms located in the property’s outbuildings.

The venue has appeared on lists for the top ten wedding venues in the world following its transformation into a luxury resort, having previously acted as the owner’s holiday home.

Its owners wanted the property to be the perfect place for ‘modern Cinderellas’ to tie the knot and was remodelled by architect and designer Fabrice Bejjani.

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.

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