COLLEGE sweethearts have celebrated the 'brightest sunniest' wedding day with family and friends.

Nicole Linnett Hardwick, maiden name Underwood, a 26-year-old 111 call handler tied the knot to Mark Andrew Hardwick, a 27-year-old heavy goods vehicle driver. 

Nicole and her sister were having a house party and when Mark turned up to the party in a black suit since he had just finished his shift at a local restaurant.

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She said: "I am such a sucker for a guy in a suit, I complimented Mark as soon as I saw him and he ended up keeping on the suit for the rest of the night. 

Mark said: "I thought Nicole was beautiful, so confident and we had the same sense of humour. From the moment we met, we spent the whole night together."

The couple got engaged on their seventh-year anniversary while they were renovating a caravan they had just bought.

Their chosen wedding venue was at Merewood Country House Hotel in Windermere with  10 invitees on June 10.

The weather had predicted rain and they did want to get married outside, but a few hours before the ceremony everything cleared up and it was the 'brightest sunniest day' they could wish for.

"When we had our afternoon tea outside the sun was shining, when we went and had our portraits perfect weather and when we went on the lake cruise around Windermere it was perfect weather again."

Nicole said: "There were two highlights to my day. The first was getting the opportunity to marry my first and only love we have been together since college and we met when I was 17 and Mark was 18 and I can now say he is my husband is insane. The second was being able to have my dad by my side walking me down the aisle.

Mark said: "The first highlight for me was the first time I saw Nicole in her dress. She looked stunning and that moment holding her hands was the best moment of my life. 

"My second highlight was seeing Nicole’s reaction when I gave her four gifts throughout the day. Nicole had no idea about them so her reaction was so pure. "

They went on honeymoon two days after the wedding to the Dominican Republic.

The couple would like to thank their family members and friends, especially mum Catherine for baking the cake, Beth and Caleigh the Wedding Coordinators at Merewood photographer Tiree Dawson, Makeup artist Polly Winder and Hairdresser Katie Simpson.