WHILE Kate Middleton had her big day at Westminster Abbey, her namesake was enjoying a fairytale wedding of her own.
Kate Senior, who prefers to be known as Kathryn, and Chris Tarn tied the knot at Wynyard Hall, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, just two hours after Prince William and his bride walked down the aisle.
While 1,900 guests attended the royal couple’s wedding, Seaton Carew couple Kathryn and Chris’s ceremony was a relatively quieter affair, with about 100 friends and family invited.
Nevertheless, the couple refused to be overshadowed by the future King and Queen of England.
Chris, 27, said: “I’ve found my very own princess. Kathryn looked absolutely stunning. Our day was perfect, everything went exactly the way we wanted it to.
“We had a few nerves in the lead-up to the wedding but we were fine. “I’m sure our nerves weren’t as bad as William’s and Kate’s, with the world’s eyes on them.”
The couple, who are physiotherapists with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, had chosen their special date more than 18 months ago, well before the newly-named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their wedding plans.
While Kate, 29, who was christened Catherine, walked down the aisle in an ivory Alexander McQueen dress, with a sprawling train, Kathryn, 31, chose a cream embroidered number, also with a long train.
Kathryn’s twin sister Karen was a bridesmaid, along with sister Claire and Chris’s sister Louise.
The couple chose a cake made of cheese as they don’t like cake.
Kathryn, originally from Huddersfield, and Chris, from Durham, have been together since 2006.
The couple were both in their final year of a physiotherapy degree at Huddersfield University and have lived in Seaton Carew since graduating.
Meanwhile, another Hartlepool bride lapped up a day to remember as she said I do on the same day as the royal couple.
Hollie Sorelle, 23, had her own share of glitz and glamour when she tied the knot with Paul McCully, 30, with a superstar to wish them well and sing on their big day.
JLS lead singer Aston Merrygold travelled from London to Northern Ireland to be in the congregation for his close friend Hollie at her marriage in Paul’s family church in Ballymena, County Antrim.
Stars from the Irish entertainment world were also there and Hollie’s close friends travelled from Chicago, Dubai and Spain as well as Hartlepool.
Television cameras and magazine reporters joined the throng as well as Hollie’s family, which included her mum Val Armstrong, a dance school owner and performing arts teacher in Hartlepool.
Just before the wedding, Hollie told the Mail: “I was not stressed at all. I have been calm all the way but my mam got all the nerves. She has not been sleeping.”
Val said: “Hollie was full of smiles and I was the one who wasn’t getting any sleep.”
The wedding took place at 12.30pm yesterday at the Tandragee Presbyterian Church. A reception with 140 guests was held at the Galgorm Manor Resort, Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel and spa.
Hollie, a professional singer, dancer and actress, met Paul in Belfast on Christmas Eve four years ago while she was starring in panto.