‘The year my hus­band and I got mar­ried, I felt like the lights were sparkling just for us’

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Ka­te­rina Di­a­mond’s mag­i­cal Christ­mas wed­ding was merry and bright.

My hu­sand, Derek, and I got mar­ried on 27 De­cem­ber 2008. That year, the run-up to Christ­mas was so ex­cit­ing. We had rented a large house in We­ston­super-mare, the town where I was born, bought a beau­ti­ful tree and dec­o­rated it in an­tic­i­pa­tion for the week ahead. While most peo­ple were in­dulging in last-minute Christ­mas shop­ping, our fam­i­lies were pulling to­gether to put the fin­ish­ing touches on the wed­ding dec­o­ra­tions. I’m a keen crafter, and made every­thing I could from scratch. My sis­ters-in-law and I de­signed in­vi­ta­tions and or­ders of ser­vice, which we spent Christ­mas Day bind­ing to­gether with vel­vet rib­bon. Mean­while, on Box­ing Day, we made the place set­tings, which were striped candy canes, each one with a guest’s name tied to it.

When the big day ar­rived, it was the cold­est win­ter since 1996. I’d al­ways dreamed of a win­ter wed­ding but noth­ing could pre­pare me for the cold. I re­gret­ted my de­ci­sion to wear glit­tery san­dals and a strappy dress!

The church was dec­o­rated with fes­tive flow­ers and the na­tiv­ity scene set up in the cor­ner. There was a large tree dec­o­rated with gold tin­sel and red rib­bon, and we sang car­ols in­stead of hymns. Not re­al­is­ing there was a shorter ver­sion than the one I’d found on­line,

I’d printed out an eight-verse ren­di­tion of O Come, All Ye Faith­ful – it went on for­ever and ev­ery­one was laugh­ing through the last cou­ple of verses.

The re­cep­tion was at my aunt and un­cle’s restau­rant. There were bal­loons in­stead of flow­ers, a disco full of Christ­mas songs and glit­ter­ing gold dec­o­ra­tions hang­ing from the ceil­ing. Ev­ery­one felt merry and bright. After the re­cep­tion, Derek and I went back to our ho­tel. The suite we’d booked was beau­ti­ful but, when we got there, they’d for­got­ten to put the heat­ing on. We could lit­er­ally see our breath! We dragged all the bed­ding off the bed and pulled the du­vet around us. I was still wear­ing my dress, a coat and any­thing else

I’d been able to find to keep warm.

The first thing any­one men­tions when they talk about our wed­ding is how cold it was. Yet, de­spite the tem­per­a­ture, it was a beau­ti­ful day, and one we’ll al­ways re­mem­ber.

Ka­te­rina’s book, The An­gel, is out now in pa­per­back, dig­i­tal for­mat and au­dio ‘Cool bride Ka­terin

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