I’ll always leap at an opportunity to talk about weddings, especially when I’m asked about my own big day!
So, when a journalist got in touch to discuss wedding traditions with me for a feature she was writing for Wedding Ideas magazine, I was obviously up for the chat.
As much as I’m a hopeless romantic and love many wedding traditions, my husband and I weren’t afraid to ditch the ones which didn’t mean as much to us.
If you’re battling with the potentially controversial decision to go against traditions for some or all aspects of your wedding, have a read of this for some inspiration and encouragement to do what suits you.
As is often the case these days, our dear friends – the This Morning wedding couple – didn’t have a gift list and so we gifted them cash instead. But, I couldn’t resist giving Annie and Gareth, the new Mr and Mrs Lewis, a keepsake from one of my favourite suppliers.
Annie & Wilfproduce the most beautiful, personalised, pretty, handmade textile items. So, I couldn’t go along to a wedding without a bespoke fabric heart featuring the couple’s names and wedding date, with matching handmade card.
I hope it will take pride of place in the couple’s family home and remind them of their incredible wedding day aboard the HQS Wellington on the Thames, with the likes of Philip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Gok, Alison Hammond, Rylan Clark, Phil Vickery, Eric Lanlard and Peter Andre – and Mr Robertson and I – as guests!
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. » Read more
There’s nothing more painful on your wedding day than missing a loved one who cannot be with you. My precious stepdad has Alzheimer’s and so couldn’t be there for the whole of our wedding day. To make sure he felt close to me, I carried his wedding ring inside my wedding dress as a comfort.
So, with my dear friend Annie’s big day (HUGE day – she’ll marry live on TV’s This Morning!) just around the corner, I wanted to give her the same comfort in memory of her late dad.
Luckily, my friend over at Beatrice Belle has just the thing to make sure a lost loved one can be a part of a bride’s special day. And so, a sneaky chat with the groom-to-be, old photo scanned in and emailed over and Beatrice Belle had produced the most incredible memorial charm which will take pride of place on Annie’s wedding day bouquet.
With leap year day – February 29 – just around the corner, it’s got my mind flashing back to the last one in 2012. I’d completely forgotten that’s where our whole engagement story really began. You see, for years, Mr Robertson had insisted he didn’t want to go down the marriage path again, having already been there, done it and hated it. So, when the day where traditionally women propose to their men came around in 2012 – and we’d been together for two and a half years – I began “threatening” to pop the question myself.
For something that started as half joke / half giant hint from me, I was surprised by my then boyfriend’s panicked reaction. He literally was terrified I would go through with it! So, what I thought was a bit of fun turned into one of those deep and meaningful chats. At the time, it seemed to go well, although he was still nervous of marriage, he agreed we could go and look at engagement rings. Mixed messages aside, I had him in that jewellery shop quicker than he could reconsider what had just happened.
So, it was four years ago around now that I first put on THE ring (on my right hand, though, as I’m superstitious!). I’d always known the ring I’d wanted – a white gold trilogy diamond ring – and so it didn’t take much hunting to find it. Details noted, girlfriend beyond excited, boyfriend no doubt wondering how he’d got into this situation!
It’s now just three months until Noemi and Chris head to beautiful Puglia, Italy, to become Mr and Mrs Pearson. With the most special trip of their lives ever approaching, it’s time to check in and see how the planning is coming along.
After a couple of months of twiddling her thumbs and feeling frustration at the planning “gap”, bride Lucy is suddenly enjoying a whirlwind of wedding activity! In just seven short months, she will marry her best friend Imran and become Mrs Shah. Check out what has had her so busy this month.
Handing over the blog to Lucy…
I can’t believe how fast this last month has gone! How is it October already? » Read more
Planning has got a little bit boring for bride Lucy Smith who is still stuck in a planning “gap”. BUT, she has seen The Dress! With just eight months to go until she marries Imran to become the new Mrs Shah, let’s see how the bride-to-be is doing.