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Sophie-Rose Bance and Ashley Long, from Sutton Road, Maidstone hold fairytale-themed wedding with Cinderella style glass carriage

25 August 2014
by Claire McWethy

It is every little girl’s dream, to marry their Prince Charming.

But for Sophie-Rose Bance, her fairytale fantasy became a reality when she got hitched to fiancee Ashley Long - in a ceremony complete with their very own glass carriage.

The pair said their forever afters at a Disney-themed wedding at the Hilton Hotel in Bearsted Road on Sunday, before a procession to the stables in Otham owned by the bride’s parents.

Fairytale themed wedding for Sophie-Rose Bance and Ashley Long

Fairytale themed wedding for Sophie-Rose Bance and Ashley Long

At the reception there, the tables had names including Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, Happy Ever After and Tale as Old as Time, while X Factor singer John Adams added a little magic to the teatime entertainment.

But it wasn’t just the ceremony that had a touch of the Cinderella story about it.

Mr Long, 23, who manages Rush hair salon in Fremlin Walk, said: “We are very traditional as a couple and the old fairytales just seem right for us and the way we are together. Sophie-Rose is a princess so it fitted with that.

"We’ve been together for two and a half years and the day after our first anniversary I proposed at home, because in my eyes, that was the first day of the rest of our lives.

"I had 150 candles and petals leading through the hallway, I got down on one knee and sobbed my heart out.”

The glass carriage, led by two white horses

The glass carriage, led by two white horses

Ashley Long and Sophie-Rose Bance

Ashley Long and Sophie-Rose Bance

Sophie-Rose, 25, said: “It was lovely, and very fairytale, he’s my Prince Charming.”

The Cinderella-style ‘bubble’ carriage hit the headlines when glamour model Jordan married Peter Andre in 2005.

But the pair said that wasn’t what had inspired their choice. Theirs, with a a fleur de lys and heart interior, and gold crown on top, was dressed in ivory in white roses and pulled by two white horses.

The entrance to the stables where the couple's reception was held

The entrance to the stables where the couple's reception was held

Newlywed Mrs Long, who works in accounts, for Mercedes in Sittingbourne, said: “My favourite fairytale is Cinderella which is really why we wanted the carriage. It was really gorgeous and elegant.

"We saved for it for a long time. The whole day has been amazing and surreal.”


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