My friend, the This Morning bride!
Do you ever watch those mind-blowing experiences on TV and wonder what it would feel like to be chosen to take part? To be sent on an exotic holiday or take delivery of a luxury car…or have your dream wedding day planned for you. Well, it turns out, those fantasies do become reality for real people!
When I spotted ITV’s This Morning was looking to throw a wedding this spring, I knew the exact people who should put themselves forward. My good friend Annie is, thankfully, just coming out the other side of a hellish year, having discovered a lump in her breast while watching a feature on This Morning this time last year urging women to check themselves.
During her 12 months of treatment, losing her hair, feeling poorly and terrified, one thing that kept playing on her mind was maybe never getting the chance to marry her man, Gareth. They had already got engaged, but finances and then Annie’s illness meant any solid plans to become man and wife had to go on the backburner indefinitely.
And then came This Morning Throws A Wedding.
Of course, Annie and Gareth were the most perfect choice to be given this once-in-a-lifetime experience, to have Gok design the dress, Phil Vickery prepare the three-course meal and Bryony Blake to beautify the bride.
That was just a few short weeks ago and every day since has been a whirlwind for our dear friends as they’ve prepared for tomorrow’s big day. From suit fittings on Savile Row and cake tastings with Eric Lanlard, to dance lessons with Alison Hammond and a ceremony booked for the HQS Wellington on the Thames (Watch here…) every last moment has been beautifully overwhelming for the couple. Tomorrow, the brand new Mr and Mrs Lewis will finally start the happy new future they never dared dream of, surrounded not only by their nearest and dearest, but the famous faces of This Morning.
As a friend, I’ve been beyond touched to be a part of proceedings. I was completely honoured to accompany Annie and her ITV producer to the Liverpool studios of Philip Armstrong – designer to the stars – for the unveiling of The Dress. Designed by Gok, the dress – which, of course, will not be revealed until the big day – is a one-off. It’s perfect for Annie and it’s perfect for the setting. I have so much more to say about the detail – oh the detail – but now’s not the time! To say the bride-to-be didn’t want to take it off and shed more than a few tears will show you how much this whole event means to her.
Thanks to the very clever Beatrice Belle for making this super precious photo of Annie’s late dad as a gift from me which the bride will carry on her flowers on her special day.
As the day has got ever closer, it became time to start proceedings with the necessary hen antics! With this being daytime telly, Annie and her closest girl friends (including me!) were treated to a civilised day out by This Morning at celeb hang-out Sanctum Soho. A giggly session of cocktail-making was followed by a delicious and unique afternoon tea, complete with mini individual fish pies and salmon bagels. Venue owner Mark Fuller could not have been more welcoming and really continued the trend of making our hen feel like a princess. Complete with her TM’s Bride To Be sash and rosette, Annie was already starting to glow as all beautiful brides should.
Of course, us girls couldn’t let the bride-to-be escape the less civilised traditional hen party…and so off to Cheshunt Country Club we went for an evening of drunken antics with our cheeky hosts www.atyourserviceent.com What a fun bunch of lads (who are available for private hire, lol!)! Huge thanks to my friend Charlie over at Truly I Do for transforming a cheap captain’s hat into the most fabulous and apt hen party veil (well, the wedding is on a boat so a nautical theme seemed appropriate) and, of course, the TID trademark bespoke garter.
The countdown is really on now to the big day just a few hours away, when we will board the HQS Wellington and watch on as Annie and Gareth take on their much-deserved titles of Mr and Mrs. Every wedding is emotional and touching and makes me cling to Mr Robertson’s hand that little bit tighter. But, something tells me this is going to live long in our memories for many years to come.
Thanks to Annie and Gareth for letting us be a part of this special journey and to This Morning – and all their wonderful suppliers – for giving our friends everything they deserve xx
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow from 10.30am until 12.30pm to watch the wedding live on This Morning!