The first live This Morning wedding – we were there!
Wow. There is no other word, but wow. To say yesterday’s first ever live wedding on ITV’s This Morning was incredible would be an understatement.
Our dear friends Annie and Gareth were the lucky pair to be chosen to get wed in front of the nation aboard the HQS Wellingon on the Thames, just across the water from the television studios.
Just 11 weeks ago, they stepped into a whirlwind which included dress design sessions with Gok, food tasting with Phil Vickery and dance lessons with Alison Hammond…to name just a few mind-boggling experiences.
And yesterday, on the most brilliant of sunny spring days, it all came together in spectacular fashion.
Watch it here
Mr Robertson and I were honoured to take our place aboard the ship as Annie and Gareth became Mr and Mrs Lewis (that’s us behind Rylan!)…Annie wearing her jaw-dropping, one-off dress by Gok and Philip Armstrong, Gareth sporting his bespoke and rather dapper suit from Savile Row tailor Alexandra Wood. I had been with Annie for her dress fitting and had been blown away by the unique style. I love lace, but to hide it under a delicate layer of georgette made it all the more pretty and classy…just genius. I’ve never seen a dress with detail like that – and you know I’m all about things that are just a little bit different. Thanks to my friend over at Truly I Do for making a beautiful garter to match.
As the country turned to Twitter to share their delight and emotion at the big day (#TMwedding was trending on the day!), the scene was set for the most romantic of occasions. Amie Bone Flowers had turned what could have been a harsh environment into the most dreamy garden of beautifully-scented flowers – including lavender, freesia, roses, phlox, eucalyptus and stocks. Thanks to the team for giving our gift for Annie – a memorial photo of her late dad by Beatrice Belle – pride of place on the stunning bouquet.
With Alison Hammond and Rylan Clark presenting through the morning, there was never a dull moment, with the larger than life characters mingling with guests and getting just as excited as us friends and relatives – even though Amie’s floral display played havoc with Rylan’s hayfever! Alison even pulled me onto her lap when I requested a photo with the Big Brother star turned presenter – and then spent the rest of the morning as a guest, chatting freely and enjoying the moment.
While we had the best seats in the house when it came to the day, we obviously couldn’t see the behind the scenes footage being shown on This Morning, although friends back home were eagerly texting us screen shots of what was happening – the look on Annie’s face when they showed a glimpse of her getting ready (hiding everything from the neck down!) set off the goosebumps once again as we were reminded of the sheer delight the day was bringing after such a traumatic year battling breast cancer.
And did you see the tears and the beaming smile on the groom’s face when he clapped eyes on his bride…and all throughout the ceremony? Forget the bells and whistles (and there were plenty of them!), this day was about two people who have taken on all life has thrown at them and come out the other side stronger making a vow to spend their lives helping each other through.
So when Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby jumped on scooters and joined us after the ceremony from the studios, the surprises they brought were nothing less than the newly-weds deserved. Not only are they being sent off to Provence for their honeymoon, but the wonderfully gorgeous Peter Andre turned up to serenade them with his rendition of Fly Me To The Moon as they managed to bring some of Alison Hammond’s dance moves to the floor.
Watch it here.
The whole day was captured in true celebrity style by the official Hello! magazine photographer so keep your eye out for images online in the coming days – there’s already a sneak peek here.
Mr Robertson and I will never again attend a wedding like this one. Not only because of the celebrities and the national attention, but because of the rollercoaster of a journey we’ve seen our dear friends go on to get there. For Gareth to say during his speech the day was not only for them, but also a thank you to those of us who have been by their side during their nightmare year meant everything to us. I always say occasions like this show you who your true friends are…and it has only cemented our friendship with the Lewis family even more.
Excuse me while I go and enjoy my very own Eric Lanlard cake…and watch the ceremony yet again…
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