Her six bridesmaids share the couple’s delight during a day that cost £6,000.
But behind Kyra’s smile lies a shocking secret — her wedding to James is a sham.
She realised she no longer loved her fiancé just days before their big day but could not face the embarrassment of calling it off.
So the couple decided to go ahead with the ceremony and put on a loving act for their 150 guests.
Kyra, 29, says: “We had the rings, the idyllic venue and I had the dress I had dreamed of. Everything was perfect — except the groom.
“I realised I didn’t love him but it was too late, there was only two weeks to go.”
James, whose name has been changed for this article, and Kyra started dating in December 2002. They got engaged two years later.
They bought a house together in May 2006, two months before they were due to tie the knot.
But after two years of planning their special day, Kyra realised she no longer loved James, now 29.
Unsure of what to do, the former marketing officer decided to confide in her best pal.
Kyra says: “I explained my concerns but she told me it was cold feet and the wedding plans had probably put extra strain on me.
“I was hoping for support but was told repeatedly not to worry.
“Inside I knew that James and I just weren’t right for each other.”
Just a fortnight before the big day tensions at home reached boiling point. Kyra, of Llanelli, South Wales, says: “We were watching TV when James turned to me suddenly and asked if I still wanted to marry him.
“I knew this was my only chance to get out of marrying a man I didn’t love so I told him I couldn’t go through with it. He was so angry.
“We would lose every penny of the wedding fund if I backed out.
“We had people coming to our home town from across the UK. Everyone had given up time and money to watch us become husband and wife.
“I didn’t want to embarrass us in front of our friends and family and James didn’t want that either.
“He was convinced I was suffering from a bad case of wedding jitters and begged me to go ahead with the ceremony.
“We agreed to do the ceremony but not sign the marriage register.
“It would look like we had become husband and wife but it wouldn’t be legal and no one would be any the wiser.”
- The Sun