To celebrate her fifth wedding anniversary, Catherine Tyldesley has returned to Colshaw Hall in Cheshire where she married five years ago - even wearing the same bespoke lace and ivory gown by Philip Armstrong to mark the occasion.
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In the stunning HELLO! photoshoot, the 37-year-old actress and her husband Tom Pitfield, 35 - wearing his original wedding suit - relive memories of their big day on 21 May 2016, at the grade-II listed Jacobean-style manor house, joined by their six-year-old son Alfie who was just one when they wed.
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"I completely fell in love with my wedding dress all over again," she tells HELLO!. "I didn't know how I would feel wearing it and I was delighted that I loved it just as much – and that after lockdown, I could fit into it!"
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Her wedding guests included many famous faces from Coronation Street, in which she appeared for seven years. "I've never lost touch with my Corrie family. Whatever I'm doing I have always had so much support from them," says Catherine who has since starred in TV's Scarborough and Viewpoint, and taken part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2019.
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A huge part of her happiness today is Alfie. "Becoming a mum is the best thing that ever happened to me. Being with my boys is my happy place."
Even so, Catherine has had a tough time in the past year, struggling with a hormonal imbalance which had a dramatic effect on her body.
"My body seemed to think it was pregnant. I took so many tests as I was convinced I was actually pregnant and even had morning sickness, but in fact my body was just mimicking a pregnancy. My endocrinologist said she'd never seen such a reaction.
"It felt like I'd given birth without having a baby. I put on a stone in weight even though I was eating well and training hard. It is only now that I feel I've got my body back."
The couple married five years ago
Of the future and having another child, she tells HELLO!: "We are so happy as a three and we don't ever feel like there is anything missing, but would I like another child? Yes, I think I would, so if it happens, then that's wonderful. If it doesn't, then I am blessed to have Alfie."
Adoption is something she hopes their future will also hold: "I feel very passionate about it. It is one of the greatest things you can do for another person; there are so many children needing good homes."
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