BBC star Rachael Bland’s widower who found love a year after her death from breast cancer ties-the-knot to NHS nurse with a striking resemblance to his late wife
- Bland, 40, lost wife Rachael, a BBC broadcaster, to breast cancer in 2018
- The widower met Amy in 2019 after speaking at Manchester cancer conference
- Married nurse yesterday in a lavish ceremony at Owen House Wedding Barn
- Couple shared gushing Instagram posts about the big day in Cheshire today
BBC star Rachael Bland’s widower has married his nurse girlfriend of three years – after saying he ‘didn’t feel guilt’ for moving on following his wife’s death in 2018.
Steve Bland, from Cheshire, came to prominence after he began presenting the You, Me and the Big C podcast alongside Lauren Mahon and Deborah James following the death of his wife Rachael in 2018.
She had triple negative breast cancer and moved thousands of people who hailed her bravery and dignity as she fought terminal illness.
Steve met Amy, an advanced nurse practitioner at a cancer conference in Manchester in 2019.
The couple announced their engagement last December and tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Cheshire yesterday.
Posting a photograph of their big day online, Steve revealed his son Freddie had acted as best man, adding: ‘What. A. Day. Our wedding day literally could not have been more perfect.
BBC star Rachael Bland’s widower has married his nurse girlfriend of three years – after saying he ‘didn’t feel guilt’ for moving on following his wife’s death in 2018
Steve and his new wife Amy shared a number of snaps from their big day, including a huge sign which read Love
Steve came to prominence after he began presenting the You, Me and the Big C podcast alongside Lauren Mahon and Deborah James following the death of his wife Rachael in 2018 (pictured, Rachael)
‘All our favourite people in one place, so many smiles, so much laughter, loads of dancing and memories made, and a little too much kraken.
‘I’ve got a lot of people to thank, chief among them my best men Freddie and @willjoewright, and one of my oldest buddies @davidhewaters for conducting the perfect ceremony.
‘I’ve also got really good answers now if anyone wants recommendations for flowers, photography or video because @charlottehowardfloraldesign, @jesshazlehurstphotography and @blanketdigital were all amazing. As was the venue @owenhouseweddingbarn and all the staff there.
‘Finally, and most importantly, I have to thank my incredible wife @vercelli83, who looked so so beautiful!’
Meanwhile Amy went on to share a number of clips and photographs of the decorated venue, including the ceremony room adorned with flowers
The couple said they had had the ‘perfect’ day in matching gushing Instagram captions about the wedding, and posted a number of images of the flowers in the venue
Meanwhile his fellow podcast host Lauren wrote: ‘The most special day my heart is bursting. Love you both so much. Thank you for having me.’
Amy posted a similarly gushing post, commenting: ‘My husband and I had the most magical day yesterday. It truly surpassed all of our wildest dreams.
‘No words can adequately express how grateful we feel. Grateful for our amazing family and friends for making the day so wonderful.
‘Grateful for the outpouring of kind messages, sending so much love. Grateful for the amazing people who made the day so perfect.
‘Here’s to happily ever after.’
Meanwhile Amy also shared a photograph of her new wedding ring on her left hand as she celebrated the big day
Steve shared the news he had proposed in December last year with his 14,600 Instagram followers.
Posting a string of romantic photos showing off his new fiancée Amy’s sparkly engagement ring, the 41-year-old, who lives in Cheshire, captioned the images with a simple ‘She said YES!’
The proposal came while Steve, who has a seven-year-old son, Freddie, by his late wife, and the NHS nurse were enjoying a romantic getaway in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.
The widower has spoken out in the past about refusing to feel guilty about finding love again with the NHS nurse Amy following Rachael’s death from breast cancer in 2018.
Steve and Rachael Bland pictured before her death from breast cancer in 2018; the widower has previously spoken about how he doesn’t feel guilty about moving on with his life
The former BBC radio presenter Rachael (right with Steve and Freddie) was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2016 and died in 2018
In May this year, he told ITV’s Lorraine show that people often asked him if he felt guilty about dating again.
He said: ‘It’s one of the most common questions I get asked: ‘Do I feel guilty? ‘Why should I? I’m 40-years-old and I’ve got the rest of my life ahead of me.’
Referencing the son, Freddie, seven, that he shares with Rachael, he said: ‘Rachael wanted me to be happy and wanted Freddie to be happy.
‘We need to break down the taboo and stop worrying about being judged for it. We’re trying to be happy and to make the most of life.’
Steve met his new partner Amy, an advanced nurse practitioner in 2019 at a cancer conference in Manchester. In December, he shared this photo to his Instagram page celebrating the proposal
Speaking in 2020 about getting together with new love Amy, he told the Daily Mail: ‘We took our time but, of course, my life revolves around Freddie so it’s difficult to get to know someone properly without involving them in his life, too’.
‘Going out in the evening is a military operation for a lone parent, organising babysitters, and my parents are a huge help, looking after Freddie when I go to London for work, but I don’t want to put upon them too much, so Amy would mostly come to us.’
The broadcaster has said that dating after loss isn’t always easy for the person in the relationship who hasn’t lost someone.
‘It’s about looking forward and can be a tricky balance, it’s something Amy and I have talked about it. There’s a lot of focus on the widow/widower. Rachael was high profile and it’s really difficult to feel like you’re not living in their shadow.
He also praised Damien Lewis and Helen McCrory for going public with a conversation they’d had about dating after loss before Helen’s death from cancer aged 52 on April 16th.
Bland said: ‘It’s amazing they talked so openly about it; that does wonders for breaking down taboos.’
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