The bride-to-be came forward and partied with her family and friends at her £12,000 wedding – after being dumped on her big day.
Kylie Stead, 27, hasn’t been invited The absence of the groom Prevent her from entering the big in her wedding dress, or going ahead with the meal, speeches, dances, and professional photos.
She said, “Today turned into a day I will always be proud of.
“I can really look back and smile because it will always remind me that I don’t need someone else’s love to be happy.”
After hearing groom Callum Norton, 24, didn’t show up, insurance employee Kylie wiped her tears, put her makeup back on and told everyone, “I’ll do it.”
She said, “I spent all that money, I was looking forward to food, dancing with my dad, spending time with my family, so why not?
“I didn’t want to remember the day as a complete sadness.
The videographer said: ‘Why don’t you girls continue? You spent all that money, and you won’t get it back, all your guests are there.”
Kylie’s wedding, including sister Katie, 29, invited the groomsmen and told them to head to the wedding venue where they would continue the party regardless.
The parties went to the party room at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, Gower, Glamorgan, and told the guests what had happened.
With their support, Kylie continued the day she planned and made changes all the time to turn a devastating event into a beautiful one.
The photo booth displayed the “Mr. and Mrs.” banner, but it was soon replaced by “Kayley’s Shindig.”
Instead of sharing her first dance with the groom, Kylie danced instead with her father, Brian, 71, and brothers Craig, 47, Matthew, 46, Gary, 46, and another Craig, 43.
She even punched a wedding cake because it reminded her of Kallum.
Kylie said, “I’ve always dreamed of dancing with my dad at my wedding.
“The groomsmen joined because I wanted to thank them for staying.
“They didn’t run away, and I would totally understand if they did, but they stood by me. All day, we’d been saying it felt like an episode of Hollyoaks or EastEnders.”
Kylie, from Portmead, Swansea, has been with Kallum for nearly four years. Suggested in August 2020.
The night before her September 15 wedding, Kylie stayed at an AirBnB, partying with her bridesmaids, while the groom and his buddies stayed in a caravan nearby.
But he left the caravan that evening and never came back, leaving the groomsmen to call the wedding the next day with the news.
Kylie said, “The wedding party hid my phone so they could figure out the best way to tell us and I wouldn’t find out from anyone else. They wanted to make sure he was really gone before I panicked.
“But I found my phone and saw a missed call from his mother.
“I called her again and she was crying and she told me he went for a car ride in the early hours of the morning, and he’s gone.
“At that point, I was still an optimist, because throughout our relationship he would sometimes go for a walk or drive to clear his mind when he was nervous.
“For a few hours, I was saying he would be there, and I was reassuring the girls. I honestly thought he would be there.”
Callum’s father later called to say his son would not be attending.
Kayley’s friends have since set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs.
But Kylie said, “There were so many special moments, entering my wedding, walking the sparkler, punching on the wedding cake.”
Callum has not commented.