Stuart Watts - one of the 'Four Oarsmen' who completed their heroic transatlantic row in record time – has shared exclusive photographs of his wedding to girlfriend Laura Mann, which took place in Antigua at the end of the race. The wedding was planned in just two months with the happy couple deciding they would marry on the blissful Caribbean island just moments before Stuart headed to the airport to start the race.
In an exclusive interview with the couple in HELLO! magazine, Laura said, "I'd always fancied a destination wedding, so we briefly talked about getting married in Antigua after the race. As Stu was getting in the cab to leave for the race I said: 'So are we actually getting married in Antigua?' And he said 'Yes, lets do it!' And that was it."
The happy couple married on Love Beach with Stuart's fellow crewmates watching. "It was fantastic seeing all our friends and family," he told HELLO!, "Laura looked amazing, I felt very lucky." Equally happy was Laura who said: "I was just so excited walking down the aisle to Stu, I couldn't wait to get to him and kept telling my sister, who was walking in front, to speed up."
Stuart's hands were battered and swollen after rowing the 3,000 mile distance, so instead of receiving a ring when doing the vows, Laura gave him a watch.
Stuart Watts, Dicky Taylor, George Biggar and Peter Robinson took part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise money for MIND and Spinal Research. To make a donation, visit thefouroarsmen.com/donate
To read more of the interview with Stuart and Laura, pick up the latest issue of HELLO! magazine.