Student love birds marry at North Kent College on Don’t Tell the Bride

PUBLISHED: 12:09 28 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:26 28 July 2016

Ryan Palmer and Maria McHugh starred on Don't Tell the Bride on Thursday night

Ryan Palmer and Maria McHugh starred on Don't Tell the Bride on Thursday night


The marriage was shown on the reality TV show on Thursday night

A Greenhithe couple returned to the college where they met to get married for reality TV show Don’t Tell the Bride.

The episode, which airs on Sky One on tonight, showed former North Kent College student Ryan Palmer arrange his wedding to Maria McHugh on a £14,000 budget.

Throughout the show, the groom plans the entire wedding, including the venue, entertainment, cake and the all-important dress, without the bride-to-be’s input.

The college sweethearts met while studying on the Dartford campus in 2009.

The 24-year-old was taking a sports course, when he met Mrs Palmer, 23, who was studying Early Years.

It was love at first bite for the newly-married couple, when they met in the college canteen one lunchtime.

Mr Palmer, who plays football for Ashford FC was full of praise for his old college, which provided a wedding and reception venue.

He said: “The whole experience was brilliant, to have my wedding at a place that has shaped our lives and where we first met was so special.

“North Kent College has helped me in so many ways. It was the only place I wanted to hold my wedding. When I was asked to plan my big day, this was instantly my first choice as it meant so much to me.”

Mr Palmer’s old tutor and now close friend, James Butterfill, read out his vows at the ceremony, which was held in one Mr Palmer’s old classrooms.

The newlywed added: “James has seen both of us grow over the years and it was great, he was such a special part of our marriage ceremony.”

Mr Butterfill, who is the curriculum manager for sport at the college, said: “It’s such a wonderful event to be held at the college, we were happy to be part of such a special day for an amazing couple.

“It is good to know the college had such an impact on Ryan and he chose us for his very special moment surrounded by family and friends.”

Don’t Tell The Bridge airs tonight at 9pm on Sky One.

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