Thursday 22 August 2019

'Britain's fittest couple' ties the knot in lavish country house wedding

Couple who met on Instagram wed in stunning flower-filled wedding

Karen Birney

Karen Birney

When two bloggers tie the knot, you know it's going to be a Pinterest-perfect wedding.

Which is exactly what happened when British fashion blogger Lydia Millen married her 'best friend' and fellow lifestyle blogger Ali Gordon.

"The best, most incredible and most love filled three days of our lives," Lydia told her thousands of followers on Instagram, where she shared a stunning photo of the day.

"Thank you to our amazing family and friends for coming from all over the globe to celebrate with us. And wow, did we celebrate!"

The stylish bride, who has 647K followers on the photo-driven social media site, donned a stunning gown by Halfpenny London for her nuptials, which featured a simple, chic, long sleeved round neck top, which the blogger designed herself, and a full layered tulle skirt.

Later in the night, Lydia changed her top to a figure hugging bustier, which she wore with the Rhianna bridal skirt from the contemporary British design house.

The bride carried a simple, traditional bouquet of dark red roses, and wore her long balayage hair in a half-up half-down style with a rose clip to hold her 'do.

The happy couple tied the knot in Aynhoe Park, a luxurious 17th-century private country house in the English Cotswalds.

The stately home, which is set in over 250 acres of perfectly manicured gardens, is available for exclusive hire and looked to be decked out in the most dreamy florals for the day - including a stunning fresh flower arch which the couple posed under for photos.

Lydia Elise Millen has been running her namesake blog for six years, and is also considered by many to be a YouTube star. She met fellow lifestyle blogger Ali Gordon, who has over three hundred thousand Instagram followers of his own, on Instagram when he 'liked' one of her photos.

Lydia credits Ali with helping her to 'clean up' her diet, which led to the couple being called 'Britain's fittest couple' by Daily Mail.

"I was so unhealthy [before I met Ali]. I smoked up to 20 cigarettes a day, binge drank at weekends and my diet was just awful I didn't have a clue and was majorly under eating," Lydia said at the time.

"I saw that Ali looked at his body a completely different way than I did and I almost felt a little jealous, I wanted to look at mine that way.

"So he started schooling me on training, nutrition and I fell in love with the lifestyle. I've now been smoke free for two years and I can't remember the last time I had a drink."

The couple got engaged last Christmas, when Ali got down on one knee in a picture-perfect proposal that was captured by a photographer and later shared on the couple's social media feeds.

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