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Kirsty tells of wedding dress quest

TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher has revealed how she embarked on a quest for her perfect wedding dress while heavily pregnant.

Six months after giving birth to her second child, Gallacher showed off her slim frame in a figure-hugging gown at her marriage to rugby player Paul Sampson in Spain.

But the Sky Sports presenter said the dress-shopping experience was surprisingly easy despite the challenges of motherhood.

The 34-year-old had her first consultation with designer Suzanne Neville while expecting second son Jude.

In an interview with Hello! magazine after marrying her partner of nine years, Gallacher said: "But because I didn't put on an awful lot of weight when I was expecting, she could see what my figure was like.

"When I went back in March, she'd put aside a few designs that she thought would be perfect for me and, would you believe it, the first dress she'd put aside was the one I ended up wearing."

The emotions triggered by the small family ceremony and the sight of his "incredible" bride brought a tear to the eye of the groom, who plays for London Welsh.

Sampson, 33, said: "Someone said to me that it feels no different after marriage. But the bond Kirsty and I have is definitely stronger now, which feels amazing after nine years. Slightly unexpected, but a wonderful feeling."

The couple - who also have a three-year-old son, Oscar - said a "traditional white wedding at home" did not feel right for them.

They opted instead to go to the historic town of Arcos de la Frontera where Gallacher's father, former Ryder Cup captain Bernard, has a house and mix British and Spanish traditions.

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