THE first civil wedding ceremony has taken place at Gwrych Castle.

Jill Adamson and her partner Nick Clitheroe tied the knot at the I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! castle near Abergele, on Friday, May 19. The couple, who live in Rhyl, are both 60.

This was the first civil ceremony at the castle since the restoration first began. 

Rhyl Journal: Beautiful bride JillBeautiful bride Jill (Image: Gwrych Castle)

A spokesperson for Gwrych Castle said: "On Friday, we hosted the first civil ceremony at the castle since the restoration began, and what a special day it was. The wedding was held in one of the seven areas available to use for civil ceremonies.

"We’ve held many receptions at the Castle over the years, but this was our first civil ceremony so it was a momentous occasion. 

"The Coach House was used for the ceremony and was transformed for the special occasion, it looked very impressive and was dressed perfectly for the space. The sun was shining over Gwrych Castle on Friday, so they couldn’t have chosen a better day to get married."


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Rhyl Journal: About 40 guests attended the wedding. About 40 guests attended the wedding. (Image: Gwrych Castle)

The wedding signals the start of a new 'fairytale' chapter for the Jill and Nick after a period of great sadness; Nick's wife Sarah died from ovarian cancer 10 years ago.

Rhyl Journal: Getting ready to toast the couple!Getting ready to toast the couple! (Image: Gwrych Castle)

Prior to the wedding, Jill said: "I'm already very excited about getting married but this makes it even more special and unique. It is such a lovely place and a beautiful setting.


"We were talking about venues to get married and Gwrych Castle announced on Facebook they were now open for ceremonies.

Rhyl Journal: Jill and Nick say 'I do!'Jill and Nick say 'I do!' (Image: Gwrych Castle)

"It was a really stormy the day when we went to look at it but we still loved it. We went to see other venues as well but we couldn't get it out of our heads."

The couple were married in The Coach House. About 40 guests attended. The evening event was held at the White House in Rhuallt.

Jill said: "We had a fabulous time and the castle was stunning, perfect for our wedding."

Anyone interesting in having their wedding at Gwrych Castle should visit or email to request a wedding brochure.

Full story coming soon.