A wedding in Rome for BBC One’s Dont tell the bride
After knowing Kelly for around 10 years it was a privilege to capture her wedding photographs and such a surprise that we were heading to Rome and it would be part of a reality TV show BBC’s Dont Tell The Bride. In for a penny in for a pound we packed our case and began the adventure. Here’s Kelly’s story…
The 6th January 2005 was the night my life changed. I knew after first meeting Mark that evening that he was the man I would eventually marry. Ten years on with our two beautiful daughters by our side we finally put the bow around our perfect package & became a real family. Marks very first chat up line was “when I marry you, you will be Kelly Kelly” & in October 2014 I eventually boarded the MSC Lirica to become Mrs Kelly. After working on the cruise lines when I was younger I understand why Mark chose a ship for us to marry. It was his perfect opportunity to share in moments from my past.
A wedding venue I had never considered but looking back through the photographs taken on deck, the backdrop was stunning & the weather beautiful. I honestly don’t believe they could have been bettered by anything back in the UK. Mark chose for me the most stunning Ronald Joyce wedding dress I had ever seen. He calls me his princess & thanks to him I certainly felt like a princess for the day. I love the fact Mark wanted to tell the story of our lives so far within the ceremony. Some may say a slightly unconventional wedding for a slightly unconventional couple but a wedding they will never forget.
I suppose after living our life so far together on the stage & screen it was inevitable we would be married in this way. Walking into the auditorium that day to George Michael’s The First Time ever I saw your face a song Mark played to me when we first met, there… was my groom. Tears of both joy & relief took a hold of him & would have me too had it not been for the 1980’s Frank Spencer beret & the master of ceremony’s very poor George Michael disguise. I love the fact all the guests eventually embraced the day & let their hair down in the disco with a reception that had a very cheesy fancy dress twist. Standing on deck with my new husband and looking out to sea made the whole experience worthwhile. An unforgettable day in lots of ways but as the cameras stopped rolling & guests left Mark & I set sail to begin a new chapter as husband & wife. I don’t think I’ve actually said this to my new husband yet but thank you baby for making my wedding a day I’ll never forget & I Love you.