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Harry Maguire has jetted to France to celebrate his nuptials with childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins by hosting a lavish £500,000 wedding bash at an 13th century château.
The England defender was joined by guests including teammate Jordan Pickford, 28, and his wife Megan Davison, 26, at the 100-acre estate located in South Burgundy.
Harry and Fern, both 29, officially exchanged vows at Crewe Registry Office in May but wanted to celebrate in style at the French château, which is situated amidst the country’s finest vineyards, treating their friends and family to thousands of pounds worth of spa treatments and champagne costing anything from £200 a bottle.
An onlooker said: ‘The wedding venue is beautiful. It’s surrounded by picturesque countryside and is a stunning building.
‘The only downside is the weather, it’s currently pouring, and thunderstorms are forecast for the weekend.’
Harry was spotted jogging around the luxurious property on Friday morning with two pals ahead of the bash, which is expected to last three days.
Harry Maguire and his new wife Fern Hawkins are expected to celebrate their marriage in front of family and friends at this sumptuous chateau (above) in the Burgundy wine region on Saturday
The couple tied the knot in a small ceremony at a UK register office last month – but wanted to throw a big party for their loved ones at the 17-room property (pictured) which is considered one of the finest places in the world to marry
Preparations were underway this morning at the venue, which boasts 100-acres of land, an outdoor swimming pool and an orangery described as one of the most beautiful rooms for a reception in all France
Manchester United captain Harry proposed to Fern in February 2018 during a romantic holiday to Paris following a 10-year romance and the pair celebrated by posting this picture of him giving her a kiss on the cheek beneath the Eiffel Tower
Fern looked radiant as she dined with friends on Thursday night in France alongside England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s wife, Megan (second from left) and Harry’s sister Daisy. The women appeared to be relaxing with glasses of Aperol Spritz
Meanwhile Harry was seen this morning appearing to be shaking off any pre-ceremony nerves with a job around the village in South of France where the event is expected to take place
The footballer wore a grey T-shirt and black shorts as he exercised in the French countryside.
A source added: ‘Harry looked relaxed ahead of his big day. He certainly didn’t look as though he has any pre-wedding jitters.’
Bride-to-be Fern enjoyed a meal locally on Thursday evening alongside Harry’s sister Daisy and Jordan Pickford’s wife, Megan.
Fern beamed with happiness as she sat amongst her nearest and dearest while celebrating her impending nuptials with an Aperol Spritz.
Daisy previously thanked Fern for ‘trusting her’ to organise her Marbella hen do, which was attended by 20 of her girlfriends in May.
Their chosen venue, which MailOnline is not naming, is among the crème de la crème of French ‘Gâteau from the Château’ estates.
Listed as a historic monument and made up of beautiful buildings and grounds near the south-eastern wine capital of Beaune, it goes back to the 13th Century when it was owned by the Dukes of Burgundy.
Work on the main house in Charette-Varennes started in 1730, and it has developed into one of the most splendid properties in Europe.
Sweeping lawns, statues and ornate hedgerows make it look like it has come straight out of a lavish wigs-and-horses period drama.
Its link with Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and her 12 wedding cakes also evoke the classic BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! and particularly the hugely popular Gâteau from the Château episode of 1985.
The sprawling château has been owned by the aristocratic Truchis de Varennes family, who were ennobled in 1648, for the past 400 years.
They have transformed their estate into an upmarket holiday resort and wedding venue.
The château also features an historic chapel which allows wedding ceremonies on site – and an orangery described as one of the most beautiful rooms for a reception in all France.
England’s Harry and Fern had a secret civil service at a register office in the UK in May before their big celebration this week
Fern enjoyed a fun-filled hen do in Marbella in May where she donned a specially-made Bride sailor’s hat and partied with up to 20 of her girlfriends including close pal Jordan Pickford’s wife, Megan. The girls enjoyed a trip on a luxury catamaran
Ferns’s social media was full of pictures of her and her closest friends enjoying their time together in Spain last month
The bride to be even jokingly wore a Manchester United shirt with her husband’s number 5 and the word ‘bride’ on the back
It now offers 17 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms in the main house, and three more rooms in outbuildings.
Superior double rooms were today being advertised for £249 for a single night in mid-August, going up to £322 for a family room.
Wedding packages are by arrangement and cost as much as guests want to put into their special day.
Gardens surrounding the property feature a 400-year-old Lebanese cedar tree, which can be viewed from the château’s restaurant’s sun-drenched terrace where guests will be served their locally sourced breakfasts.
The very best wines from the area two grands crus, Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, which can cost £200 a bottle or more for some vintages – and are available to be served at the château by arrangement.
The happy couple have been together since they were teenagers and have two daughters Lillie Saint and Piper Rose
Harry’s friends and family also have a private chef to cater for every need while staying at the château, which also boasts an outdoor pool and tennis court.
An open bar is on hand to serve drinks well into the night, featuring signature cocktails including the vodka-based Burgundy Spring Punch and Peach Bellinis.
Options for the wedding meal featured Burgundy chicken, mushroom purée with velouté, plus Herb lamb loin and confit shoulder of lamb with vegetable croquette and with a Choron sauce.
Desserts included baked passion fruit custard, petit meringue and passion fruit curd, as well as chocolate truffle pavé with poached pears in a chocolate crumble.
Harry and Fern’s honeymoon suite – named the ‘Princess’ suite is the best room in the château.
It’s touted as ‘filled with gorgeous natural light and ornated in neutral shades with gold molders’ and ‘brides love this suite as the high ceilings, above four metres, allow photographers to get the best of your bridal prep photos.
The huge space provided by this suite is also meaning that all your bridal party can easily get prepared together with you.’
There are also family suites available, including the largest room in the château at 70 square metres, and three other new bedrooms located in the property’s outbuildings.
The venue has appeared on lists for the top ten wedding venues in the world following its transformation into a luxury resort, having previously acted as the owner’s holiday home.
Its owners wanted the property to be the perfect place for ‘modern Cinderellas’ to tie the knot and was remodelled by architect and designer Fabrice Bejjani.
Harry and Fern’s daughters, Lillie Saint, three, and Piper Rose, two, will also be attendance on their special day.
Celebrity wedding planner Susanna Richardson, whose clients include the likes of Jack Wilshere, Joe Hart, and Rio and Kate Ferdinand, organised the bash.
The Manchester United captain proposed to Fern in February 2018 during a romantic holiday to Paris following a 10-year romance.
Fern, who like Harry is from Sheffield, said the footballer had made her the ‘happiest girl in the world’ after asking for her hand in marriage.
The lavish wedding celebrations will come as light relief to Harry after a torrid season at Old Trafford.
The venue where the pair will say ‘I do’ for a second time puts together bespoke wedding packages for its wealthy clients. Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown chose the venue – where family rooms cost £350-a-night when she wed in 2016
For the first time in his Manchester United career, the £85million man’s place in the starting line-up was questioned due to spells of bad form and he was the subject of booing from his own supporters.
His role as club captain has also come under threat following the arrival of new boss Erik ten Hag who is reportedly considering other contenders for the arm band.
His dips in form came as a surprise to fans following his impressive performances at the Euros last summer when he came into the tournament injured and unable to play in the Three Lions’ opening fixtures.
His scored a spot-kick during England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the final at Wembley and was named in the team of the tournament.
The previous summer his preparations for the season were marred after he was involved in an altercation on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Maguire was arrested for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery, and was found guilty of all three charges soon after.
He was handed a suspended jail sentence of 21 months and 10 days.
Proceedings are still not over, and Maguire’s legal team are seeking to get the conviction nullified.