Pink Weddings Magazine Autumn/Winter 2016 - Page 38

PJ And TOne right time. We wanted to stay hidden on Saturday morning, and then our family saw us briefly, before we walked down the aisle. As maid of honour Suzanne’s job was to pass us the rings, and our parents were witnesses. So we decided to have Suzanne walking down the aisle with our rings, followed by my mum and eldest brother, then PJ and his parents. As a surprise for PJ I arranged for my friend and dance diva, Angie Brown, to sing her own version of the Roberta Flack song First Time I Ever Saw Your Face – which is all about our first meeting – as we walked down the aisle. The best man situation went a bit crazy… he fell sick and texted us on the morning of the wedding to say he couldn’t make it. As PJ was sitting at breakfast, deep in thought about how we could get a last minute best man, our friend Paul (who had just flown in from China) asked him what was troubling him. Before PJ could finish explaining the situation, Paul said that he would be honoured to be our best man, and we jumped at the chance. He turned out to be the best best man anyone could have asked for! After his speech – which had our guests in stitches and us feeling slightly embarrassed – PJ and I could see how truly blessed we are to have such great friends. We had a formal wedding breakfast for 60 guests, which was amazing. The room was decorated in blue and white, and our wedding favours looked stunning on the tables. needless to say, seeing our family and friends together around a table for the first time was priceless. It was the first time I had seen and talked to one of my brothers for more than 15 years, and having a picture with my brothers and my mum all together again meant the world. After dinner and speeches we took our guests out to the lounge for drinks, so the room could be prepared for our evening guests. Lovelight entertainment provided a beautiful light dance floor, with a catchy playlist of music from the ’80s and ’90s and just before our evening event, we had a surprise firework display. We had to get our 90 guests outside in the cold by telling them that we just wanted a quick photo with everyone – they were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected show! The toastmaster then took everyone back into the suite. down Hall had put our cake in the middle of the dancefloor and gathered our friends and family around it. We had all the wedding party outside the doors with dean and The Lovelight te am getting everyone energised and ready for our big entrance. We chose Rihanna We Found Love as our entrance song, and with music pumping and us waiting outside, each person was introduced. We came in to loud applause and bounced our way to the dancefloor like crazy people! We cut our cake and had our first dance – to Angie Brown singing the Gladys Knight song You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, which she followed with a 40-minute live set. While there were a lot of stressful moments over nine months of planning, we can honestly say that we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Seeing it all come together was 38 » pink weddings magazine