A couple came up with the best ice-breaker for their wedding guests who did not know each other - good music and plenty of glow sticks. Instantly becoming one of their favourite memories of the day.

26-year-olds Edward and Charlotte Garrod, first met when they were at Durham University in 2016 on a night out.

Charlotte recalls the night and said: “We were at a fancy dress party, I was dressed as a policewoman and Ed decided to handcuff himself to me for the night.

“I haven’t gotten rid of him since!”

Since then the pair have been inseparable and two years later on September 2, 2018, Ed decided to ask Charlotte a very important question.

“We were on a holiday at our favourite place - Rhodes,” Charlotte said.

“Ed booked us a meal down by the beach and suggested we go and watch the sunset first.

“He then got down on one knee on the beach, it was a total surprise.

“I was in so much shock that the ring went on the wrong hand at first, so our very first pictures can’t be shared with anyone!”

After getting the ring on the right hand, the pair planned their hen and stag do or a three for one of the pair.

“I had a few hen dos - the first was in Edinburgh in 2021, this was with best friends,” Charlotte said.

“The second was with friends from the gym in Newcastle and the 3rd was with work friends also in Newcastle. All three involved karaoke.

“Ed was supposed to go to Amsterdam in March 2022 but due to there still being lots of restrictions in Amsterdam they had to cancel this. He then went to Leeds instead and his stag party dressed him up as Snow White. “

Finally, the day came about for the couple to get married at Horton Grange Country House in Ponteland on 16 April.

“I wore a beautiful Alison Webb Tiadora “Avery Gown” as I walked down the aisle towards Ed, in a Marc Darcy “Jenson”, marine navy 3-piece suit, who was waiting at the altar for me.

“It was perfect as our entertainment singer Charlie Whyte sang a slow version of Heaven is a place on Earth as I made my way to Ed.

“Next to us was the best man Tom, who was Ed’s best friend from school, groomsmen Alex and Will who are our good friends from university, my bridesmaids Rebecca and Amy and my cousin’s children 8-year-old Heidi and three-year-old Isabella as my Flower girls and ten-year-old Finley as a page boy.”

The couple said ‘I do’ in front of 66 guests, which doubled on the evening reception. Ed and Charlotte then danced to ‘Real Love’ by Clean Bandit sang by Charlie Whyte who then become a DJ afterwards and rave music played as glow sticks were handed out. Charlotte said: “I just loved seeing people who had never met before dancing together and having the best time! “