KIMBERLEY WALSH briefly put marital bliss to one side at her paradise wedding to give new husband Justin Scott a ticking off at the altar.
The 34-year-old Bradford woman walked down the aisle in a bespoke silk and lace gown alongside bridesmaids and former Girls Aloud bandmates Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nicola Roberts in Barbados last week but Scott revealed his first glimpse of his bride did not go as planned.
Property developer Scott, 33, told Hello magazine: “I couldn’t wait to see her. Although I quickly realised I was in the doghouse even before we were husband and wife when her first words to me at the altar were, ‘Why didn’t you turn round?’”
He was forced to explain to Walsh - while standing in front of all their guests at the altar - that the minister had told him not to.
He continued: “When I did, though ... wow. She just looked incredible; more gorgeous than I’ve ever seen her.”
Bridesmaid Fernandez-Versini agreed with the groom.
She said: “The only way I could describe her is breathtaking. She literally took my breath away.
“I have seen Kimberley in so many beautiful outfits and with gorgeous hair and make up over the years, but this was on another level. And her beauty was coming from the inside out.”
She added: “To watch your best friend marry the love of her life and having experienced their relationship flourish over so many years is something I have never experienced before.
“It’s meant the world to me to be a part of their special day and I wish them all the love and happiness in the world because nobody deserves it more.”
Walsh and Scott exchanged vows in St James Parish Church in front of guests including Denise Van Outen, Kara Tointon and their 16-month-old son Bobby before a wedding reception at nearby restaurant The Cliff.
Walsh said: “This wedding, being surrounded by the people we love, has been everything we hoped it would be and so much more. I would do anything to be able to turn back the clock and start it all over again.
“There’s so much we haven’t been able to take in, but I’m sure we’ll spend our whole honeymoon reliving it. It’s a day we will cherish for the rest of our lives.”
Scott, who has dated the singer since 2002, said the wedding was “just a formality” as they already lived as a married couple.
“But why should we miss out on a celebration just because we’ve stood the test of time? It’s something to celebrate in itself,” he said.