Like a princess

03 Mar 2014

Like a princess

Andrew Beales and Kirsty Swain followed in the footsteps of royalty at their wedding at Epsom Downs Racecourse

Andrew Beales and Kirsty Swain

Where: Ceremony and reception at Epsom Downs Racecourse

Photography: Chris Richardson

We got married in the Royal box at Epsom Downs Racecourse, a week after the Derby. Andrew joked he hoped the Queen had dropped an earring the week before as it would set us up for life. Our flowers were done by the venue’s florist, who did the flowers for the Queen’s visit too. I thought ‘if she’s good enough for the Queen, she’s good enough for me!’

Everyone got very emotional when I put my wedding dress on. My accessories were all handmade by Bespoke and Be Special, who I found at a wedding show. Yvonne Danaher, fulfilled all my desires making my jewellery and my bridesmaids’ little hat fascinators. I couldn’t wait to see Andrew’s face when he saw me in my dress.My grin was so huge with everyone looking at me, I felt very special

I walked down the aisle with my dad to Eva Cassidy’s Songbird. The ceremony was my favourite part of the day. It was magical seeing Andrew so emotional and sharing his love for me for everyone to see. My mum did a reading and the registrar was light hearted and fun.

We walked out to confetti and the Back to the Future theme tune (my husband’s

favourite movie when he was growing up). It sounds a bit tacky but it was memorable.

My dress didn’t allow me to dance too much, however being a professional dancer everyone was expecting a good first dance. We chose Cindy Lauper’s Time After Time and made it up the week before. Everyone loved it as it finished with a big lift!


Photography: Chris Richardson Photography, 07985 744447,

Venue: Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, 01372 726311,

Dress: Teokath, Wimbledon, 020 8971 2000,

Groom’s outfit: Marks and Spencer,

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coast,

Accessories: Bespoke and Be Special, 07958 346157,

Cake: The Icing On The Cake, Essex, 01268 286970,

Flowers: Christine Floral Design, Surrey, 020 8644 4162,

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