Kym Marsh and Scott Ratcliff’s honeymoon couldn’t have come at a better time. After only getting to spend two days together following their wedding in October before Army Major Scott was sent overseas, a week of uninterrupted quality time was just what they needed.
The newlyweds jetted off to the Caribbean to the stunning Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa for seven days of sun, sea and romance. And Scott admits that the break was the first time they were able to let it fully sink in that they are actually married. Read them speak about it – and see all the beautiful pictures from their shoot – below.
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“On honeymoon it felt like we could appreciate the fact we’re husband and wife. It was a wonderful feeling,” he says.
Former Coronation Street star Kym, who is mum to David, 26, Emilie, 24, and Polly, 10, adds, “It felt like I could properly celebrate being Mrs Ratcliff!”
The couple tied the knot in front of 150 guests in an emotional ceremony held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The big day, which was exclusively covered by OK!, saw Kym being walked down the aisle by her dad, Dave, 76, who just months before had been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.
Now they’re back in the UK, Kym, 45, and Scott, 33, who is dad to daughter Renée, six, from a previous relationship, are back to the day jobs. Kym is busy rehearsing for a new play, Fatal Attraction, in which she stars as the iconic Alex Forrest, although she won’t address rumours she’s Firework in this series of The Masked Singer following fan speculation.
We caught up with the couple who reflected on their favourite memories from their wedding day and opened up to OK! about their romantic week in paradise…
Hi, both! How was your honeymoon?
Scott: We wish we were still there! We’ve been away as a couple a few times but it was always with other people, so to have our own space and time was bliss.
Kym: It was lovely. Sandals is an adult-only resort, so it was nice to just have adult time. We’re both really busy and having children means life takes over sometimes – it’s quite easy to forget who you are as a person – so it was nice to just do what we wanted for a change.
What was the highlight?
Scott: Either the surprise candle-lit dinner we had outside the steak and seafood restaurant in the complex, which was gorgeous, or the candle-lit dinner we’d planned on the beach. It was just us and it was such a romantic setting. The stars were out and you could hear the ocean.
Kym: Being on the beach was my favourite. How often do you get to sit on the beach, have dinner and listen to the sea? It was a wonderful experience.
What else did you get up to?
Kym: We had some amazing couples’ massages at the Red Lane Spa.
Scott: The whole experience was designed to increase the bond between the two of you. And there was absolutely no chance of getting bored, we ate in a different restaurant every night.
Kym: We were planning on seeing some of the island, but we felt that we spend our lives running around so we should just do nothing for once. Scott and I did some snorkelling and it was so nice. I’m actually not that big a fan of the sea. I had a really bad experience when I was 10 and got dragged out into the ocean, but Scott got me putting my head under the water and looking at the fish. It was a big thing for me.
Scott: I knew Kym was missing out on some amazing things and I wanted her to experience them, and by the end of day three she had a snorkel and was looking at all the angelfish. We just did it bit by bit – starting off chest deep with both feet on the ground. It’s just about trusting yourself because she can swim fine, it’s just the drag of the sea.
What was your experience at Sandals like?
Kym: Our room was fantastic. We had a butler suite, with an infinity pool and a bath on the terrace. I felt like a bit of fraud – I’m very much just a Wigan girl! But it was our honeymoon. We got back one night and the butlers had drawn us a bath with rose petals and there was champagne waiting, so we pulled the curtains round and had a bath.
You’re both in amazing shape. Did you stick to an exercise regime while away?
Kym: We actually went to the gym every day on honeymoon. We usually try to work out every day. But it’s funny you say that, because me and Scott were looking at ourselves and thinking, “No!” We were trying to boost ourselves. I’m not feeling very body confident at the minute.
Scott: I took the foot off my physical training at the end of the last year, so I’m not tip top!
Kym: I was working out quite well, but once rehearsals started for my new play, Fatal Attraction, trying to fit in it in was hard. But we’re getting back into it. We’ve put together a little gym in our house.
How has married life been?
Kym: It’s been really good. Well, I say that, but we got married and then two days later Scott was sent away for two weeks and we weren’t expecting that! That was a bit grim, but it’s just part of being an army wife. It felt like on the honeymoon I could properly celebrate being Mrs Ratcliff!
Scott: I do three terms per year at Sandhurst and every term I’ll go away for two weeks to run an overseas training exercise. I’m in a job now where it gives us a bit more stability. On honeymoon it felt like we could appreciate the fact we’re husband and wife. It was a wonderful feeling.
Do things feel a little different now that you’re married?
Scott: For me, yes. It really dawned on me from the honeymoon onwards, because I think it was the first time I really let it sink in and understood that we’d done it.
Kym: The thing that’s changed for me since we got married is it feels like it’s set us in stone and given us that commitment to each other, which is something we’ve both wanted for quite some time. Scott and I have always felt super close and I knew things were right between us because we’re best friends.
We do spend great chunks of time apart and it’s not always easy, but it’s always felt easy in the sense that there never seems to be a problem we can’t overcome and we don’t really argue. We’re very happy.
Scott: I love the fact we’re married and I appreciate it every day. We don’t have the luxury of living together all the time, but the effort it takes for us to be together is absolutely worth it.
Kym: I think you appreciate each other so much more, as you don’t always have the other person there. There are times when he goes to scary places and I sit there worrying, but you appreciate the times you have, and as long as he comes back safe that’s all that matters.
What’s your favourite wedding day memory?
Scott: I have two favourite moments. I really loved the first time I saw Kym – she was in such an amazing white dress that illuminated her against the darker background – it’s definitely a memory I’ll never forget. I also really enjoyed my speech, because it’s probably the first and last time I’ll be able to take centre stage ahead of my wife [laughs]!
Kym: Mine was my dad walking me down the aisle. It’s something I’ll cherish forever. I am so glad he was well enough to do it. We actually made provisions that Emilie and David would walk me halfway, then dad would walk the final half, so he could give me away, but he was adamant he was doing it all and that was an emotional moment.
Second was seeing Scott standing at the altar in his uniform and looking so handsome. I also loved the guard of honour with the swords and Emilie singing our first dance song.
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How is your dad doing now, Kym?
He’s doing OK. His body is responding to the treatment well, but it’s not without its side effects. He’s still battling with pain and he’s not as mobile as he used to be. But overall he’s doing well and my mum is fantastic looking after him.
Scott: Looking back at the options we were presented with, I think he is doing better than we could have hoped. He’s got guts and he’s making a heck of a job of it.
Did you get to see your family over Christmas, Kym?
Kym: Unfortunately I caught Covid just before Christmas, so I was in isolation. It was really upsetting as the festive season is such a big deal for our family. But it was more important to follow the rules and keep everyone safe.
You took some time off from BBC One’s Morning Live last year and talked about suffering with anxiety. How are you now?
Kym: Last year was really tough, especially after my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer – that hit me like a tonne of bricks.
I started suffering from really bad anxiety attacks and I knew I had to take some time away from work and spend some time with my family. I’ve been having talk therapy which I find really helps. I’m in a good place now and looking forward to getting back to work.
Will you be going to watch Kym in Fatal Attraction, Scott?
Scott: Absolutely. I can’t wait to see it. I love watching Kym do what she does, I feel so proud. This is her first major theatre performance, which is really exciting for me as I know it’s something she’s been desperate to do.
It’s an erotic thriller – how are you feeling about watching the more intimate scenes?
Scott: It will be an interesting one, because I’m sure I’ll feel uneasy at first, but when you apply common sense you realise it’s just acting. It’s my job to fully support my partner, like she does when I’m away for months. I’m going into it with a positive mindset and once I get over that initial uneasiness it will just go back to pride for what she’s doing, because I have no doubt she’ll knock the role out of the park.
What are your hopes for 2022?
Scott: I’m doing a Masters in leadership and strategic studies, so I’d like to finish that, and in terms of us we could be looking at a new house and being closer to Polly’s school.
Kym: Yes, new house, Polly is starting secondary school and there may be more grandchildren! There’s also lots of projects going on for me career-wise, too, so more of the same please.
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