An 18th century Scottish sanctuary that lords over 35 verdant acres, Auchen Castle Hotel has welcomed over the course of time such prestigious guests as The Beatles and prolific writer of romantic prose Dame Barbara Cartland to stay in its 15 castle bedrooms or 10 lodge rooms, and on June 2, 2007 the regal retreat opened its doors for glamour model Michelle Marsh and soccer star Will Haining for a fairy tale wedding, OK! magazine revealed.
Lucy Pinder, who like the bride is a perennial fixture on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, was among the six bridesmaids who walked down the aisle ahead of the former Page 3 model, who donned a white, strapless wedding dress from Hollywood Dreams, which was designed with a ballgown skirt and accented with crystal beading. “Coronation Street” star Nicky Sanderson and Bianca Gascoine from “Celebrity Love Island” were among those who witnessed the Scottish ceremony in which the Oldham Athletic defender, garbed in a kilt, placed a wedding band on to his bride’s finger to accompany the engagement ring she has worn since Valentine’s Day 2005.
As family and friends sampled slices of a castle-shaped wedding cake created by Slattery’s Patissier and Chocolatier during the reception, the newlyweds were happy to announce that there will soon be a new addition to their family. The couple are expecting a child before the end of the year.