Left by her fiancé weeks before her big day, Katy Colins wrote a novel based on her experiences.
A jilted bride who turned her wedding grief into a publishing success married the ECHO journalist who was the first in the world to make her story known.
Katy Colins marries the ECHO journalist who made her story known to the world.
But all that changed today when she and John Siddle, the ex-ECHO reporter who broke the story of her travels and literary success, tied the knot, reports The Sunday Mirror.
She traveled around the world and wrote a guide for the single girl on how to get by on her own – something she says she has come to terms with for the rest of her life.
The bestselling author – five months pregnant with her first child – and John took their vows in front of a registry office in Coventry.
Katy, 31 and from Formby, said: “It sounds like a cliché, but love really comes when you least expect it”.
But he cancelled her romance just a few weeks before the big day – and she traveled around the world and wrote her debut novel “Destination Thailand” to overcome her heartache.
Just a few years ago, she had planned a lavish £20,000 wedding with her university sweetheart Thom Soutter.
Katy said: “I was so devastated when my first engagement ended that I think I put up a barrier to men.
“People asked me if I was afraid John would leave me at the altar, but with him everything is so different.
“I suppose I still wanted to get married and have children, but I was so happy writing and traveling.
Two family members were witnesses, but there were no bridesmaids or best man.
She and John spent just six weeks planning their ceremony at a registry office in Coventry, followed by a discreet reception at a local pub.
The heartache of her separation from Thom prompted Katy to travel around the world on her own, blogging about her experiences – complete with pictures of her lazing on the beaches of Thailand and smiling in front of the Taj Mahal.
She had no idea that her story would spread when she asked John, also 31 years old, to write about it for Echo last January.