Friday 2 December 2016

Helen Glover marries Steve Backshall on Cornish clifftop

Published 19/09/2016 | 00:06

Helen Glover has married Steve Backshall
Helen Glover has married Steve Backshall
The couple exchanged vows they had written during a ceremony held on a Cornish clifftop (Hello! Magazine/PA)

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover has married TV presenter Steve Backshall, who admitted he struggled to hold back tears on the big day.

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The couple exchanged vows they had written during a ceremony held on a Cornish clifftop with views of St Michael's Mount.

Glover's rowing partner, Heather Stanning, was her maid of honour as she became the first Olympian to wed post-Rio.

Other famous faces joining the couple on their big day were Judy Murray, Thom Evans, EastEnders star Jake Wood and a few other fellow Olympians.

Deadly 60 presenter Backshall, 43, broke down in tears during an interview with BBC Sport following Glover's Olympic gold triumph this year.

He told Hello! magazine: "Everyone has seen me bawling my eyes out on national television," adding about their wedding day: "I had to do all I could to not start crying again."

During their vows, Glover, 30, described her husband-to-be as "kind, funny, intelligent, romantic, sensitive, tough and as excitable as a Labrador puppy".

He said: "Although my job takes me away for months at a time, for the first time I realised I was no longer happiest in my jungle hammock. For the first time, it felt lonely. Meeting Hels, it all makes sense."

Glover wore a Pronovias gown with an illusion neckline, lace back and elegant train, with more details of their special day due to be released in their exclusive spread with Hello!

Soap star Wood and Murray both appeared alongside Backshall on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.

Wood described the day as "one of the most beautiful weddings I'd ever been to".

Murray added: " Now we're watching Steve getting married and I can remember him swinging across the dancefloor on a vine doing Tarzan noises."

:: Read the full article in Hello!, out now

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