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Earlier this year, actress Beverley Callard and her husband Jon McEwan were excitedly telling OK! about their hopes of renewing their wedding vows after celebrating 10 years of marriage in 2020.
Well, fast forward a few months and the couple’s dream is set to become a reality. The pair are planning to go ahead with a ceremony in Mojácar, Spain at a friend’s villa, before throwing a party at the beach bar where Jon, 56, first proposed.
Jon, who became known to the nation as “Mega Sh*g” during Beverley’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity last year, suggested they say “I do” all over again when she left the ITV reality show.
“We were going to go back to Spain, just the two of us, back to the beach bar where he proposed to me, and renew our vows in private. But I mentioned it on I’m A Celeb and it snowballed a little bit!” laughs the former Coronation Street star as we catch up following the couple’s exclusive bridal-inspired shoot for OK! ahead of the celebrations.
Beverley, 64, looks gorgeous as she poses in an intricate lace gown and flared jumpsuit, but she says she’ll be taking an altogether more relaxed approach to the big day. It will be an informal affair, with just close family and friends joining the couple for the ceremony.
Here, Bev talks us through her glamorous shoot and her laid-back plans for the romantic beach party…
Hi Bev, did you enjoy doing this shoot?
It was amazing. It was at the Mandarin Oriental, and when I went to the ladies, I was shocked that the toilet seat was heated! It was very luxurious. It was just incredible and the clothes were amazing.
So tell us, what did you try on?
Some very glamorous outfits! Maybe even a bit too glamorous for me. They weren’t traditional wedding dresses, but there was certainly a meringue involved. Everyone liked the first one the best. That was a peach layered net maxi with a black ribbon round the waist. I felt like a princess – a bit of an old one – but a princess!
What was your original wedding dress like?
I had two Suzanne Neville dresses. An ivory one for daytime and then a cerise coloured one for the evening. I still have them, but I’ve not put them back on. If they didn’t fit me I’d be absolutely gutted! They were very corseted and fitted, so this one will be just the opposite.
What’s your favourite memory from your wedding day?
All my dearest friends were bridesmaids. There were 22 of them and they all wore little black dresses in different styles. It was in Hazlewood Castle in Yorkshire. There is a photograph of them all together on the grand staircase and I just thought, “I’ve got the best friends in the whole world.” It was amazing.
What made you want to renew your vows?
Last October, Jon and I had been married for 10 years. We’ve been together for 20 odd years, but we’d been married for 10. Lockdown meant we couldn’t celebrate. Jon actually proposed to me again when I came out of I’m A Celeb. He said he was so proud of me and if we weren’t married he’d ask me to do it all over again, so why not?
We were just going to go back to Spain, just the two of us, back to the beach bar where he proposed to me, and renew our vows in private. But I mentioned it on I’m A Celeb and it snowballed a little bit! We’re still going back to that bar, which will be lovely. It’s a wooden beach bar and is still very old-fashioned. It’s Spanish owned, by two brothers, and they know us really well as we’ve been going for years. The food is exceptional. It’s not glamorous at all, it’s just proper traditional Spanish and we love it.
Are you nervous?
I am beginning to get a bit nervous, but I think as it’s much more relaxed we’ll enjoy it and make great memories.
Who’s on the guest list?
It’s going to be small, just 20 of our very close friends and family. It’s not a showbiz thing at all, just the opposite. I’ve told them all it’s not formal, so to wear comfy clothes and just enjoy themselves.
Will you get more rings?
We think we’re going to get each other a personal gift, but we just don’t know what yet.
How has your hip been following your replacement operation?
It’s over a year since the first op and I still struggle occasionally. I’m still undergoing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. That’s because it’s not the actual joint, it’s building the muscular strength up after not walking for so many months, but I’m getting there.
Do you still want a facelift?
I can’t wait! I really want it. But again, because of Covid, I’ve not been able to do it yet. But I’m definitely going to. Jon and my children don’t want me to do it, but they support me whatever. It’s just for me, I want to do it.
What makes your relationship with Jon work?
It sounds really mushy and romantic, but we have a love like no other. We fight to talk to each other and listen to each other, and he makes me laugh every single day. He is amazing and he is my world.
Jon has said you’ve had more time together since you left Corrie. Has it made your relationship stronger?
It’s just amazing. If we’re apart from each other now we speak on the phone 50 times a day!
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