Real Bride Karen


We are honoured to share the brave and inspiring wedding journey of beautiful Lyn Ashworth bride Karen Hilton. Karen was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, yet despite this and the limitations of organising a wedding during a national pandemic, she was determined to plan the most magical day. As an ambassador for Make 2nds Count, a charity that gives hope to those affected by secondary breast cancer, Karen has been a true inspiration to women everywhere and we were privileged to be part of her big day. Karen married Alistair in July after three attempts – planning a wedding during a pandemic is no mean feat! She chose the gorgeous Honeydew Dress made using satin organza, styled with matching sash and she looked absolutely stunning. We have been working closely with beauty brand Kate Mciver Skincare who connected us with Karen. The renowned skincare brand works tirelessly to support numerous cancer charities and women themselves battling the disease – something close to all our hearts here at Lyn Ashworth.

From Karen:

“Alistair and I eventually got married on the 25th July 2020. Due to COVID this was our 3rd attempt to get married. Ironically the small, intimate wedding that we ended up with turned out to be the best day ever! We had a small family wedding with a marquee in the back garden (and a socially distanced flash mob of dancers and a Piper in the front street) . My husband and son were sorted and had their kilts for the day and were looking very dapper but due to my progressing cancer and evidence of disease on my skin my previously purchased wedding dress no longer fitted. That’s when Sarah at Lyn Ashworth Bridal stepped in! She was the equivalent of the fairy godmother. I was gifted the most beautiful dress (which covered all the evidence of my cancer disease) and I truly felt like a magical princess for the day. Sarah worked with me to ensure that the dress was just prefect for the day and it truly was. I had compliments galore!

It’s a wedding that will undoubtedly stick in many people’s minds for years to come (we even ended up in the Sunday Paper’s!). The photos and videos are definitely part of my legacy. So many kindhearted and generous people donated their time, effort and enthusiasm and I honestly can’t thank everyone enough for being able to pull of a miracle at such a difficult time for us in terms of the cancer diagnosis and also trying to work around Covid restrictions. Sarah you were a ⭐️ and I can’t thank you enough for what did. My only regret is not getting to meet up with you.”