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Harry Maguire marries childhood sweetheart in private French ceremony


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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire tied the knot to his childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins in a private ceremony at a luxury French chateau in front of family and friends

Maguire married Fern Hawkins at the luxury Chateau de Varennes

England star Harry Maguire celebrated his marriage to Fern Hawkins at a romantic French chateau today – where guests will enjoy a pool party on Sunday.

Harry, 29, and Fern, 27, exchanged vows in front of Three Lions team mate Jordan Pickford and his wife Megan Davison, 26, who was bridesmaid. The Man Utd captain arrived in Burgundy on a £50,000 private jet with around 30 family and friends.

Then they headed to £250,000 do at the historic Chateau Varennes, once voted in the top 10 wedding venues in the world. The party included a beautician and hairdresser for physio Fern, who met her future husband when they were still teenagers.

Maguire was pictured arriving at the venue earlier this week where they will enjoy a pool party on Sunday
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It is understood the loving couple had written some of their own vows and chose a singer for the ceremony in the chateau’s grounds. They had cocktails with loved ones on Friday night – and plan a party at the venue’s outdoor pool before their return to the UK.

“Harry wanted everything to be perfect for their big day,” said a source. “It was for close family and friends, and there was no expense spared.”

Guests were asked not to use mobile phones with one of Fern’s friends doing the official wedding photos. They also received a gift of thanks from the newlyweds, who both love France.

Maguire and his wedding party arrived by private jet at a nearby airport on Thursday
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Harry visited as an England fan for the 2016 Euros before his big break into Gareth Southgate’s side. And he proposed to Fern in Paris on February 17, 2018.

Afterwards she said: “Harry made me the happiest girl in the world and asked me to marry him in the most perfect way.”

The Varennes estate has has a “Princess Suite”, 22 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms. The grounds have their own church as well as an orangery described as one of the most beautiful reception rooms in ‘all of France’.

Maguire and Fern have dated since they were teenagers
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The pair exchanged vows in the UK last month but consider the France trip their real wedding day
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The couple exchanged vows at a register office in Crewe, Cheshire, last month to provide them with a UK marriage certificate….but regard the French ceremony as their ‘wedding day’.

The Maguires have two daughters Lillie Saint, three, born exactly nine months after England beat Columbia on penalties at the 2018 World Cup, and two-year-old Piper Rose.

Harry’s proud parents, Zoe and Alan, travelled from their home near Sheffield, alongside his brothers Laurence, 25, and Joe, 30.

The Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown was married at Chateau Varennes in 2018.

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