World famous tenor Russell Watson has married Louise Harris, the woman he credits with transforming his life, in a fairytale Spanish ceremony.
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Russell Watson and Louise Harris married in Spain
In a world exclusive, HELLO! magazine reveals how the acclaimed singer and his bride held their wedding in the enchanting mountain village of Benahavís on 19 August.
"Louise has taught me many things but most of all how to love. I have never been more content. It really is a fairytale ending," says 48-year-old Russell who was living alone following years of health problems during which he battled two brain tumours, the second of which almost killed him, when a chance meeting with Louise in a restaurant in Alderley Edge in their home county changed his life.
Louise chose a stunning ivory Ronald Joyce gown with a crystal tiara and Swarovski crystal shoes, made for her by shoe designer Jimmy Choo at the request of Russell.
"They make my heart skip a beat every time I look at them," says 27-year-old Louise. "Jimmy Choo said to me, 'Louise I want to design you a shoe that no one else in the world has.' I could never have imagined something so special. I've called it the Mrs Watson.'"
Russell says of the moment he first saw Louise in her wedding gown, "It was a combination of love, happiness and pride when I saw her looking so beautiful." Unable to resist, Russell led the singing of the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, chosen for the ceremony because of the couple's love of animals.
"Everyone was mumbling, so I raised my arms and went, 'Come on!' The next thing, we were singing the roof off. It felt fantastic. Like a real celebration," says Russell who later serenaded his new wife with the Spanish song Grenada.
Reflecting on their special day, Louise told HELLO!: "The wedding makes everything complete. I married the man of my dreams."
Meanwhile, it’s straight back to work for Russell, who will be performing at Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park on 12 September. He also has 30 more concerts to complete on his UK and Ireland tour.
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