Liam Fox married Joanna Hudson, after originally meeting her 27 years ago. The Emmerdale actor was surrounded by his colleagues as the pair said ‘I do’ at Peckforton Castle, with all the images exclusively shared with OK! magazine.
The couple first set eyes on each other at Salford University, but it wasn’t until 2017 when things became romantic. After such a long road to love, it’s no surprise the pair were keen to celebrate in style, and Liam, 49, told us of their big day’s packed itinerary: “It’s like bloody Live Aid. We got carried away!”
The day was extra special for actress Joanna, who battled a life-threatening tumour in 2015.
Laughter was a key component throughout the day – when asked if she would take Liam to be her lawful wedded husband, Joanna, 44, jokingly hesitated with an, “Errr…” Meanwhile, Liam’s cast mate Bhasker Patel mischievously raised his hand when the registrar asked if anyone knew of a reason the couple couldn’t tie the knot.
There was plenty of entertainment throughout the day, including Liam’s daughter Jemma’s performance of A Thousand Years. Liam is also dad to son Ben from his previous marriage to actress Nicole Barber-Lane.
Take a look below at all the incredible pictures from the pair’s special day…
Liam and Joanna made sure their wedding had lots of quirky features and the couple posed in a Volkswagen camper van made of balloons. The inflatable photo spot was a nod to the vehicle that Liam’s Emmerdale character Dan Spencer drives.
Liam and Joanna got married in the Great Hall at Peckforton Castle. The aisle was lined with white blossom trees and fairy lights making the ceremony even more romantic.
Liam said of their romance: "It did feel like a long time coming. We got engaged last April and now we’re married, which might seem a bit rushed to some people, but it just felt like it was meant to be. We could have had 15 kids by now if we’d got together then!"
The grounds of the castle made the perfect backdrop for their wedding day photos.
Liam and Joanna cut the three-tier lemon drizzle cake, created by Bake Off’s Phil Thorne, with a sword. Joanna said cheekily: “I’ve got my hand on his sword!”
After a brief choreographed routine, the couple ran off and were replaced on the dance floor by professional dancers wjo wore masks of the bride and groom.
Joanna chose six of her closest friends to be bridesmaids on the special day and they posed for pictures in their silk gowns as they got ready.
Flower girls Betsy Mead and May Pettie looked adorable as they led the way down the aisle. Betsy’s mum, Denise Van Outen, told us: “Betsy was so excited to be in OK!. She also kept telling me, ‘Mum, I’m going to stay up until 3am!’”
The proud mums of the flower girls, Denise Van-Outen and Natalie Walter, watched their daughters walk down the aisle.
Joanna said of their laughter-filled ceremony: "It was nice to hear everyone laugh. It felt like we were in a room filled with love, and everyone was behind us."
As guests had their faces decorated with festival glitter by Luna and Light, Andrew Bourn got them singing along, before Liam’s Emmerdale co-stars Jeff Hordley and Tony Audenshaw hit the decks. The hardcore guests continued to party in the castle’s wine cellar until the early hours, where the fabulous Vivienne Lynsey put on a drag cabaret.
Liam couldn’t keep the smile from his face as his beautiful bride, whose dress was by Hayley Paige, made her entrance to Suddenly by Angry Anderson – also known as Scott and Charlene’s wedding song in Neighbours!
Joanna was nearly an hour late to the ceremony, which almost meant they couldn’t get married at all. Liam said: " The registrar told me she had another ceremony to get to. Luckily she stalled the next wedding, but imagine if we had all that booked and then she just buggered off!"
Liam and Joanna’s dogs Hope, a Staffordshire bull terrier, and Teddy, a lhasa apso/Jack Russell cross, acted as adorable ring bearers.
Before the ceremony began, Chris Chittell, who plays Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard, called out “Good luck, Foxy,” filling the room with laughter. Here Chris poses with wife Lesley Dunlop.
Liam Fox decided on a poem for his Groom’s speech which opened with: "Oh Jojo oh Jojo, you gave me back my Mojo."
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