EVEN on the happiest day of his life, Andy Murray was still maintaining his understated veneer, declaring his wedding was “all right, thanks”.
The response outside Dunblane Cathedral to a wellwisher asking how his nuptials had been was summed up more glowingly yesterday by Murray’s grandmother, Shirley Erskine, as she left Cromlix House Hotel with her husband Roy. She said the wedding had been “fantastic” and that the happy couple had enjoyed a “wonderful” day.
Both the Murray and Sears families spent the day inside the luxury Victorian mansion enjoying time together following the wedding reception on Saturday.
Ms Erskine said: “We’ve just all been up there together and everybody’s parting in dribs and drabs so we’re on the way home.”
Members of the newlyweds’ families were spotted driving in and out of Cromlix House’s main gates throughout the day yesterday.
Murray’s father, Will Murray, was seen driving into the grounds at 12:30pm with his fiancee, Sam Watson. His mother, Judy Murray, was also seen leaving through the main gates shortly after 2:30pm, as were the bride’s parents, Nigel and Leonore Sears.
The new Mr and Mrs Murray are expected to take just a few days’ break in the middle of the tennis season. Murray is set to fly to Barcelona by the middle of the week to resume training for the BMW Open in Munich.
With the exception of a two-week window now and in July, Murray is scheduled in near back-to-back tournaments into the middle of September and does not finish his season until 8 November, when he and his new wife are expected to take a honeymoon.
The couple, both 27, said their vows in front of family and friends during a ceremony on Saturday at the cathedral led by the Rev Colin Renwick.
On a day of showers and hailstones, the rain held off as the couple left the 300-seat cathedral to cheers from the large crowd gathered outside.
The British tennis No1 sported a blue and green kilt for the occasion while Sussex-born Sears wore an embroidered white gown with three-quarter-length sleeves and a long veil. Among the guests were Murray’s brother Jamie and ex-UK tennis No1 Tim Henman and his wife Lucy.
Congratulations poured in from friends and sporting rivals throughout the weekend as tourism bosses said last night that they hoped to see further growth in popularity of the Dunblane and Stirlingshire area.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “It was brilliant to see so many people lining the streets of Dunblane for Andy and Kim’s wedding and I loved how businesses in the town embraced every single moment with special burgers, bunting and banter.
“Last year in 2014, when Scotland welcomed the world, all visitors could talk about was the warm hospitality of the people – our best tourism product – and here we are, doing it again.
“With stunning images of Dunblane beamed across the world to celebrate the happy couple’s special day, many will make the journey to the area to experience its beauty in person.”