Rebecca Adlington weds fiancé Andy Parsons at lavish country manor

Rebecca Adlington weds fiancé Andy Parsons at lavish country manor

Rebecca Adlington MARRIES partner Andy Parsons in surprise ceremony at lavish country manor in Cheshire – five months after welcoming son Albie

  • The retired swimmer and Olympic champion, 32, tied the knot with facilities manager Andy, 30, who is the father of her five-month-old son Albie in Cheshire
  • Of their special day, she told HELLO! magazine: ‘The sun shone, the people we love were there and it was just the best day’ 
  • Adlington was walked down the aisle by her father Steve and accompanied by her daughter Summer,six, from her first marriage to swimmer Harry Needs 
  • They had not publicly announced their engagement before their wedding was revealed 
  • Rebecca wore a bespoke dress by Turkish designer Zeynep Kartal 
  • She won two golds at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and two bronzes at London 2012 

Rebecca Adlington has married her fiancé Andy Parsons in a romantic ceremony in Cheshire.

The retired swimmer and Olympic champion, 32, tied the knot with facilities manager Andy, 30, who is the father of her five-month-old son Albie, on August 28 at the lavish manor, Scarlet Hall.

The happy couple had not publicly announced their engagement before their wedding was revealed. 

Of their special day, she told HELLO! magazine: ‘The sun shone, the people we love were there and it was just the best day.’

Big day: Rebecca Adlington, 32, has married her fiancé Andy Parsons, 30, in a ceremony in Cheshire

The star was walked down the aisle by her father Steve and accompanied by her daughter Summer,six, from her first marriage to fellow former competitive swimmer Harry Needs, with Summer serving as both flower girl and ring-bearer.

Tom Odell’s song Grow Old With Me played as the bride entered, bringing Andy to tears.

Rebecca said: ‘We chose all the other music together, but I wanted one little thing that was a surprise for him. He kept trying to get it out of me, but I wouldn’t break.’

Parsons added: ‘The second it kicked in, I thought, ”Oh, you’ve really pushed me to the limit with this” and I felt my composure start to go.’

Special day: Of their special day, she told HELLO! magazine: ‘The sun shone, the people we love were there and it was just the best day’ (pictured above with their son Albie and Becky’s daughter Summer, six)

He went on: ‘So when Becky started walking towards me with her dad, I just lost it. She had the most beautiful smile on her face. She looked incredible.’

Read the full interview in HELLO! magazine, out now

After exchanging their own vows, the couple hosted a reception for 80 guests, including Team GB swimming coach Bill Furniss, former competitive swimmers Stephen Parry, Caitlin McClatchey and Fran Halsall, and Halsall’s husband, former England rugby player Jon Wilkin.

The couple, who met through the Bumble dating app in January 2018, had four months to plan their wedding after coming across the venue while looking for summer holidays. 

Adlington wore a bespoke dress by Turkish designer Zeynep Kartal.

She said: ‘Zeynep had made dresses for me before, so she knew what I liked and what works for me.

Planning: The couple, who met through the Bumble dating app in January 2018, had four months to plan their wedding after coming across the venue while looking for holidays

Second marriage: Rebecca and Harry Needs married in 2014 and split in 2016, after 18 months of marriage 

‘We had a little chat and in five seconds flat she’d sketched a dress that I knew was absolutely perfect.’

Adlington won two golds at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and two bronzes at London 2012.

Last year Becky spoke about her successful co-parenting relationship with ex Harry, 28, revealing  they have adopted a ‘good cop and bad cop’ style of parenting.  

The Olympian said that she is a soft parent, hinting that Harry takes the role of ‘bad cop’ in the candid insight into their life as exes. 

Rebecca and Harry married in 2014 and split in 2016, after 18 months of marriage.   

Talking to The Sun, Rebecca said: ‘We call it good cop and bad cop. When she was born everyone thought I would be the bad cop — because of my sports background, I am quite tough…

‘I’m like, “No, let’s do it, we can do this”. That is my kind of mentality. To be a sportsperson you have to be like that.  

 ‘And I think everyone was like, “Bec is going to be the bad cop”. But I am definitely not the bad cop. I get told off for being too soft with Summer.’

Read the full interview in HELLO! magazine, out now.

Family: Adlington was walked down the aisle by her father Steve and accompanied by her daughter Summer, 6 (pictured)

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