LOTTERY millionaire Susan Crossland has had the wedding of her dreams – with the man she’s been married to for 16 years.
Susan, who won £1.2m two years ago, splashed out on a fairytale dress, limousines, a cake and party as she and husband Michael renewed their vows at St Mary’s Church in Mirfield.
But the mum-of-four admitted she was still on the hunt for bargains in a bid to keep the costs down.
She said: “It was absolutely wonderful.
“When we got married in 1994 we had a nice day, but there were a lot of things we couldn’t afford and we had to compromise.
“It was nice being able to not have to think about the money this time.
“But I’ve always been careful with money and I still shopped around!”
Susan, 46, first married Michael, 41, at a church in Dewsbury and had a low-key reception at a local working men’s club.
But, having scooped the National Lottery jackpot in July, 2008 – using numbers originally picked by her late father, Barrie – she was determined to celebrate in style when they decided to do it again on Saturday.
Driven in a limousine to the church, she was accompanied by seven bridesmaids, including daughters Rebecca, 27, and Samantha, 26, and step-daughter Gemma, 21, and was walked down the aisle by son Jamie, 19.
Michael, who had son Josh, 15, as his best man, had organised a surprise appearance by a professional singer, who performed the classical Ave Maria and Hallelujah during the service.
The couple were then joined by about 100 friends and family for a reception and disco at Dewsbury Rams Rugby League Club.
“It was the perfect day,” Susan said.
The couple, who currently live at Whitehall Avenue in Mirfield, have bought a new house on an exclusive development in Upper Hopton with the Lottery winnings.
But Michael continues to work at Haigh’s Farm in Mirfield two days a week, while Susan is a full-time carer for her sister, Joanne, 41, who is mentally disabled. She also volunteers for the Hollybank Trust, which supports children and adults with complex physical and learning difficulties.
She said: “I have hardly spent any of the money.
“I’m being careful – I’ve always had to save for anything I wanted and I’ll always be like that.
“It’s just nice not having to worry.”