KYM Marsh and new husband Scott Ratcliff secretly hosted a huge wedding surrounded by family and friends.
The soap star and Hear’Say singer wed the Army major , 33, on October 16 in front of 150 delighted guests including her Coronation Street pals and his Army buddies at the Royal Memorial Chapel at Sandhurst.
Kym , 45, resembled a princess in a sweeping Carolina Herrera gown, whilst Scott was allowed to wear his ceremonial uniform, also known as his ‘dress blues’ -which senior staff officers wear at only the most formal of occassions.
The soldier proposed in July, and the coulple brought their wedding forward as Kym's dad, Dave, 76, has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.
Kym told OK! : “There were tears when he walked me down the aisle and when I gave him a kiss as he sat down – there were lots of tears surrounding my dad that day.”
Kym’s huge bridal party – or "entourage" as Scott affectionately named them – also included Kym's children David, 26, Emilie, 24, and Polly, 10, along with Scott's daughter Renee, six, and Kym's grandson, Teddy, two.
Kym's former Coronation Street co-star, Alison King, was a bridesmaid, and close friend Antony Cotton, who introduced her to Scott in 2018, acted as her groomsman.
The christian ceremony featured a sweet poem Scott had written for Kym during a recent tour of Afghanistan, as well as a poem about friendship from Kym's brother.
Guests – including Danny Foster from Hear'Say, and her Morning Li ve co-stars Gethin Jones and Janette Manrara – were served fizz and canapés in Sandhurst's Indian Army Memorial Room at the glamorous reception, before enjoying prawn cocktails, chicken supreme and sticky toffee pudding in a marquee outside where the speeches took place.
A FAIRYTALE DAY
After dinner the fairytale day continued with music and dancing as another 71 evening guests joined, and Kym's daughter Emilie sang Scott's favourite country ballad for the first dance, and the couple cut their military-themed cake.
"It really was the best day ever. It was exactly what we hoped it would be and more," Kym told OK!.
She added: “Walking down the aisle with my dad. I wanted him to walk me and he managed to do the entire length of the aisle, which I didn't expect him to do. When I saw Scott and how handsome he was in his uniform, it was just like, "Wow".”
The couple married during Kym’s break from her hosting duties on BBC Morning Live which she too to look after her mental health.
She revealed she has been suffering from anxiety attacks and is seeking help for her mental health amid her father’s prostate cancer diagnosis.
She said: “For him, I think it’s been a real struggle and for us to see dad cry and be as emotional as he is, it’s not like him to be like that and so for us to watch that, it’s really difficult for us as well and we are not sure how best we can support him.”
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The TV star added her father is improving but the news of his diagnosis had prompted her to move her wedding to fiance Scott forward.
She said: “We were planning to get married next year. But I think dad’s cancer diagnosis and realising just how bad things were, it made us want to bring everything forward, just so that dad gets to walk me down the aisle.”
She has been missing from Morning Live for the last few weeks and explained she has been keen to focus on her family.
Appearing on the BBC show two weeks before her wedding, she said: “I think it’s fair to say that the last few months have been ridiculously busy with one thing and another for me and my family.
“Starting at the beginning of the year when I had my double hernia op, which should have been much more straightforward than it was, and then we found out that my dad has cancer, and then we caught Covid.
“It was a terrifying time. But of course, what’s affected my family the most over this whole period is my dad’s cancer diagnosis back in March.
“I’ve been off obviously for the last few weeks. And one of the reasons for that is that I want to be here for my dad, I need to be here to support my family. And it was absolutely the right choice to make.
“I’ve been able to be around, I’ve been able to be there when they’ve needed me to visit more. And spend time with them really, and just kind of help them coming to terms with everything.
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“All we can do is just be there for him, support mum, and help them through what is one of the most difficult times of their lives.”
She said the strain of the last year has taken its toll, revealing: “I have suffered with anxiety attacks in the past and they’ve come back with a vengeance.
“Life’s been pretty difficult for me and trying to support my family and working away was making that really difficult.
“There had to come that point where I just thought I can’t do this, I can’t be away from my family, I need to make a choice here, what am I going to do?
“I started to avoid going places again, which was a sign for me that this is not okay.
“I decided to step back from Morning Live to focus on myself and my nearest and dearest, and so went to the doctor and I’ve started to have some help about my mental health, which I think is a really important thing to talk about.
“You’ve got to give yourself a break, and I think that’s what I’ve done.
“It was and for now continues to be absolutely the right decision.
“For now I’m just going to take each day as it comes and not put any pressure on myself, so I’ll check in on the Morning Live family with my own family for now.”
However, she warned co-host Gethin Jones: “Don’t be getting too comfortable without me Gethin, please, I’ll see you on the dance floor at the wedding.”
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