Andy Murray’s encouraging start to 2015 has just got even better as he had a personal landmark to celebrate yesterday, his eagerly awaited wedding to long-time girlfriend, short-term fiancée, Kim Sears, went off without a hitch.
The loved-up duo became Mr & Mrs on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of the tennis star’s supporters lined the streets of his hometown Dunblane; the pair tied the knot in Murray’s luxury hotel, Cromlix House, in the same town.
As we have now come to expect from the Briton, the event was strictly for family and they turned down a magazine deal, rumoured to be worth in the millions, with the only pictures yet to emerge being from outside of the ceremony.
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The newly-married couple emerged from the venue with smiles on their faces – rare for Murray – and were met with a scenes of screaming, applauding fans and plenty of confetti.
It was at this moment that, despite the elation of the moment, Murray stuck true to character when asked how he felt at that moment – you can tell the interviewer was stuck for what to ask – as he coolly muttered “alright, thanks.”
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It’s the example of his dry sense of humour that initially came as a shock to British tennis fans, but most have since come to love from the 27-year-old. It wouldn’t be the same if he was a happy-go-lucky walking cringeball.
Truth be told, his exit from Cromlix House and subsequent drive to the reception location was the longest amount of time that Murray has been pictured beaming. He didn’t even smile this much when he won the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon.
Hopefully the day will have all gone to plan, as according to his Tweet from earlier on in the day – posted in the form of emojis. Murray predicted a day of celebrations, drinks and seemingly some love towards the end of the night; I’m sure it would be nothing but kissing.
Murray and Sears’ wedding caused the former’s hometown to go into mania as the day arrived. Businesses were decorated and special commemorative merchandise was created specially. Hundreds then lined the wedding route and watched as preparations began.
Coachloads of flowers and other props preceded the arrival of the happy couple. Murray was first to arrive in full Scottish kilt attire with his brother Jamie and best man, another GB tennis star, Ross Hutchins.
The likes of Murray’s mother, Judy, and Sears’ family showed up in a family-orientated day. The only ‘star’ recognisable to most was former British no.1 Tim Henman.
Sears then dazzled the crowds with her white, jewel-encrusted dress and was followed in-tow by her four bridesmaids before the formalities began. We know that there is an ‘I do’ somewhere in amongst it, hopefully there were no jitters at the altar though.
Unfortunately, Murray’s tennis commitments mean that the pair are unable to jet off on honeymoon until the end of this year; don’t feel too sorry for them, they travel the world every year as part of the sport’s calendar.
Before he starts training, however, they’ll at least get the chance to rifle through the good, bad and ugly wedding presents that they will have undoubtedly receive.