Emotional day for all as Southwater woman marries soldier

Natasha Sturt and Lance Corporal Matthews' wedding day
Natasha Sturt and Lance Corporal Matthews' wedding day

The wedding between my beautiful daughter Natasha Jade Sturt and Lance Corporal (Lewis) Matthews took place on Saturday, August 10 at 1pm at St Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church, Horsham, where her father Kevin Sturt gave her away.

The day was very emotional for everyone.

There were 100 guests at the church and then onto the venue at Thythe Barn Horsham held in a beautiful marquee where two hundred guests turned up for the reception.

There were seven bridesmaids consisting of maid of honour, the bride’s cousin Emma Louise Kisza, cousins Billie and Jordan Day, best friends Louise Anderson Katie Mayhew and Layla Rossi.

The best man was Charlie Brown and ushers consisted of the bride’s brother Adam Sturt, cousin Martyn Smith, brother to groom Reece Matthews, Danny Leland, Robert Withers, head usher Tom Johnston, Tom Bond and David Rickets.

Page boys were Kian and Mason. The guard of honour soldiers were Sergeant Johns, Corporal Holmes, Corporal Seyfang, Corporal Nicholls, Lance Corporal Ballard and Lance Corporal Allcok.

Natasha and Lewis met on the last day of holidaying in Ibiza 4 years ago and Lewis was based in Germany at the time. He serves in the British army as a royal engineer and has done tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is now based in Chatham were he and Natasha will be setting up their new home together.

They are honeymooning in Morocco.

Everyone has grown very fond of Lewis as for the four years they have been together he has spent a lot of time travelling to meet Natasha, who is from Southwater.

We have accepted Lewis as part of the family.

All his family and friends travelled down from Essex and even some of his family travelled over from Australia.

It was a beautiful day, some of his fellow soldiers joined him in uniform on their magical day. Even when Lewis was based in Germany and when he was on tour in afghan there was barely any contact between them, she waited patiently for his return, their love grew stronger. Many times they travelled to spend all the time they could together.

The day of there marriage will be treasured, and will always hold close to our hearts, we wish them all the luck and happiness they deserve.

Submitted by Teresa Sturt

Black and White picture by Kris Karl