Real life Cinderella story as bride gets fairytale wedding

Lucy Aspin with with partner Peter McGovern and Jessica Barker, owner of the Thief Hole Cottages.
Lucy Aspin with with partner Peter McGovern and Jessica Barker, owner of the Thief Hole Cottages.
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A HOUSEKEEPER will get married in a fairytale ceremony later this month.

Lucy Aspin, 31, who cleans and looks after guests at the luxury Thief Hole Cottages in Thornton-le-Moor, will swap her apron for a luxurious wedding gown on Friday when she marries in a lavish £15,000 ceremony – as part of a wedding fair. It is thought to be the first time a real-life bride has got hitched at a wedding fair.

The housekeeper, who has been with partner Peter McGovern for eight years, and engaged for six, thought marriage was off the cards because she couldn’t afford her dream wedding. But 100 guests will watch Lucy walk down the isle in a new wedding marquee venue at the holiday accommodation in a beautiful ivory, vintage lace bridal gown.

Lucy’s daughter Annabella, seven, will be joining the bride at the marquee blessing in a specially-made bridesmaid dress, alongside younger sister Daisy, two, and brother Thomas, 13, who has been kitted out in a page boy outfit.

Everything – from the dress, the flowers, the cake, the DJ, the barbecue, and even a Yurt Bar – has been donated by wedding suppliers who will be exhibiting at Thief Hole wedding show on Sunday.

Lucy’s dream wedding was made possible thanks to ‘Fairy Godmother’ Jessica Barker, owner of Thief Hole Cottages.

“Lucy told me she had always dreamed of getting married at the cottages, and I told her ‘anything was possible’ and set about planning it, contacting suppliers and begging and borrowing!” says Jessica. “I jumped at the chance to give her the fantasy wedding she deserves,” she added.

Lucy said there was a tear in her eye when Jessica revealed her plans: “We always wanted to get married but we’d put it on the back burner due to money.”

The wedding extravaganza, starts on Thursday with a networking event and Lucy’s wedding on Friday, is followed by Thief Hole’s Wedding Showcase on Sunday.