In front of 200 of their nearest and dearest at a beautiful church in the Cotswolds, Faye Brookes and Iwan Lewis said 'I do'.
The couple, who admitted they’re still “floating on a cloud” of happiness, looked stunning as they wed at the 13th-century church St John The Baptist in the village of Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire, near where they live.
They revealed that having a church ceremony was meaningful to them both and all part of their love story.
Now, as the newlyweds take a moment to enjoy their honeymoon bliss, OK! takes a sneak peek of their stunning wedding video.
As Faye is a picture of happiness getting ready to walk down the aisle, she gave fans a glimpse of some unforgettable details of her preparation, including her hair and make-up getting done, a personal letter to her mum (as they both fought back tears) and, of course, the money shot of her beautiful wedding dress.
The wedding procession then began with Faye’s five bridesmaids – her sisters Nicky and Jodie, and close friends Djalenga, Sophie and Rebecca. Then Iwan’s nieces and two of the bridesmaids’ children followed as flower girls, wearing ‘angel dresses’ and floral crowns.
Looking stunning in sage, the bridesmaids escorted them down the aisle, followed by the couple’s two Pomeranians, Bao and Bear, sporting adorable bow ties.
But all eyes were on the bride who looked dazzling in a princess-style gown with a lavish train and veil. The star couldn't stop smiling as she linked arms with her dad and walked towards to her husband-to-be.
Details of the church could not go unnoticed with large floral displays and a grand stained glass window, which served as the perfect backdrop for Faye and Iwan to say their vows.
“It does feel like a little girl’s dream to have her fairy-tale ending and I had it all,” the 35-year-old said.
Iwan, 34, also admitted he was head over heels that day, "As soon as she started coming down the aisle I could feel the energy build and I couldn’t hold it together at all. Then when Faye started crying, I started crying."
The service was personal from start to finish and included a rendition of Des’ree’s Kissing You performed by Faye’s Corrie pal Victor ia Ekanoye, and a string quartet.
Following their traditional religious vows, the happy couple sealed their marriage by locking lips and cheering towards the crowd.
Full of joy, the duo headed to their reception, which was in a lavish marquee. After enjoying canapés of lobster popsicles and pork belly accompanied by Nyetimber English sparkling wine, the guests – including Faye’s Corrie and theatre pals Lesley Joseph, Joe McElderry and Shayne Ward – were seated for their meal.
The three-course meal included a feast of crab salad, medium rare beef with roast potatoes and mixed Mediterranean vegetables, finished off with chocolate brownie and mascarpone – all provided by local catering company Relish.
“I thought it was a really good idea to make sure that everyone was well fed,” Faye laughed.
The décor was undoubtedly the star of the show though and the decorations matched everything Faye wished for – old Hollywood meets the Cotswolds.
Adorned with two trucks worth of white roses, hydrangeas, daisies, lanterns, chandeliers and a flower wall embedded with Mr and Mrs Lewis, the room symbolised a wonderland of love.
After the meal, the speeches commenced, starting with Faye’s dad Carl, followed by Iwan’s two best men – his brother Wyn and best pal Jonny – who he says “threw him under the bus” with a hilarious tune on a ukulele.
But when it came to the groom’s speech, Iwan admits he actually didn’t have one fully prepared – although of course he had to make a nod to his and Faye’s friendship of 16 years – before finally getting together 10 months ago.
After the speeches, they cut their three-tiered cake and Faye changed into a slinkier Great Gatsby style number for the evening celebrations. Like her earlier wedding gown, it was made by Ukrainian designer Monreal Bridal.
“I decided to do a second dress just so I’d have a bit more fun because even though it’s still a wedding dress and it was floor length, I didn’t do anything crazy,” she said.
Guests then let their hair down and danced the night away to a live band, and the couple shared their first dance to a cover of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love.
To end their unforgettable and incredible day, Faye and Iwan celebrated with fireworks display that lit up the skies over the marquee.
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