Norwich MP Chloe Smith ties the knot
PUBLISHED: 14:32 10 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 15 January 2014
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has tied the knot with the former soldier she proposed to after a whirlwind four-month romance.
The Conservative MP married Sandy McFadzean in a ceremony at The Red Barn in South Runcton, not far from Stoke Ferry, where Ms Smith grew up.
Ms Smith had said she was “incredibly proud” when she announced her engagement to financial consultant Mr McFadzean, who she met at a London charity event in summer last year.
A small group of family and friends were invited to the wedding, at 2pm on Saturday, where Ms Smith wore an oyster-coloured silk dress from Pure Brides in Lower Goat Lane in Norwich.
The groom, who was born in Scotland and grew up in north Wales before serving with the Parachute Regiment, wore a kilt sporting the tartan of Maclaine of Lochbuie.
The reception, at the same venue as the wedding, saw guests dancing the Ceilidh dance, in honour of the groom’s Gaelic roots.
The bride kept things local, with jewellery from Nova Silver in Lower Goat Lane, alterations done by Rebecca Spragg from Earlham Road and flowers from Grove Road-based Libby Ferris.
With Norfolk duck on the menu for the wedding breakfast, the catering was by Julie Abbs, from East Lexham, near King’s Lynn.
Ms Smith, who will keep her name, said the pair will be heading off on honeymoon, but did not want to reveal where.
Although the couple had discussed marriage before, Miss Smith surprised her new fiance by unexpectedly popping the question.
But he didn’t say yes straight away – preferring instead to take the opportunity to quickly seek out the perfect platinum and diamond ring, and to propose in traditional style himself later the same day.
Mr McFadzean said: “One of the features of our relationship is that we have quite clear views on equality and we are a very equal couple. When we talked about marriage, I think I made some sort of comment along the lines of: ‘Why does the pressure have to be on me’. The next thing I know she has asked the question.
Miss Smith said: “The silly man should have known better than to lay such a challenge. He didn’t say yes straight away, he was just wide-eyed and beaming.”