Kim snubs cash on her big day

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Pop singer Kim Wilde was offered "numerous" cash deals for exclusive pictures of her wedding, but turned them down to pose for the nation's photographers with her new husband.

The 35-year-old star tied the knot with actor Hal Fowler, 28, on Sunday at St Giles's Church, Codicote, after a whirlwind six-month romance. The couple, who met when they joined the cast of West End musical Tommy, decided against a wedding behind closed doors, like soccer star Paul Gascoigne and his Stanstead Abbotts girlfriend Sheryl Failes, who signed a £100,000 deal with Hello! magazine for their ceremony at the five-star Hanbury Manor hotel and country club, in Thundridge, in July.

Classic

Kim, who wore a classic white dress and arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, was given away by her father, 1950s rock 'n' roll singer Marty Wilde, who lives in Tewin. After the service, which was performed by the Rev James Smith and attended by 150 guests, the newly-weds - who plan to live in Kim's home - stood outside the church for photos before driving to a reception at Marty's home. It was a far cry from the Gazza wedding farce earlier this year, when security staff put up umbrellas to prevent snappers with long lenses from snatching a shot of the Gascoignes.

A spokesman for Kim's Knebworth recording studio, Select Sound, in Stevenage Road, said the couple had a "wonderful" day and left for a secret honeymoon destination earlier this week.

They had rejected all cash offers for exclusive wedding pictures because they wanted a "normal" wedding day, smiling for the cameras rather than running from them, he added.