Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 96)

PRECIOUS My Charlotte and Ben’s rustic-styled wedding had a Lord of the Rings theme Images courtesy of Emma Moore Photography Charlotte and Ben met on a dating app, and their sense of humour first attracted them to each other. The bride’s strapline was ‘looking for a gladiator’, and Ben’s opening line was ‘will a spartan do?’ It’s safe to say they were the perfect match and ended up dating. In 2019, Ben proposed during a weekend away to Ilfracombe with their dog Max. On the last night of the trip, they had a lovely shellfish dinner before taking a stroll along the pier during a gorgeous sunset. Charlotte says, “It’s funny because I thought this would be a perfect time for Ben to propose, but there’s no way he’d be that organised.” She continues, “But then Ben set his camera on the floor to take a video, which I thought was strange as I normally take the pictures. He started to look at me and gigged, by which point I knew what was coming.” Ben recited a few lines from the Lord of the Rings, Charlotte’s favourite film, and proposed with a replica of the Evenstar necklace as a placeholder ring until they picked one together. Here Charlotte shares details about their special day… 35 REAL WEDDINGS