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Hello!
In spite of my late night at the Q and not getting into bed last night until 1.30am, I was there at the window, poised, ready, like a hawk… to witness the eclipse. No, I didn’t have any special glasses, but I thought I could just take a sneaky peak… fat chance!!! Complete cloud coverage curtailed any chance of my witnessing this amazing event which was meant to happen between 9.30 and 10.30am. Did you get to see it?? I will though always remember the complete eclipse in the year 2000 which was just incredible. You’ll probably remember it too, and I’m not sure whether it was the ghostly grey cast that leached the colour out of everything or the still silence that spooked me most… either way, maybe I’m not all that sorry I missed it! This fabulous sunrise that greeted me earlier in the week though was stunning – the plus side of having to visit the bathroom at least four times each night.

Sunrise

I’m delighted to tell you that the cloud though has now lifted, and the garden is bathed in golden sunlight, highlighting my spring bulbs that have burst into life! The tiny white dot you can see in the biggest pot is a crocus! I think this year though I will miss the best of them because of our last minute trip to Morocco, but I remember March last year when not only were all the daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths in full bloom, but my magnolia tree was too.

Spring bulbs

The fact I remember it, was because we celebrated my birthday by having lunch in the garden it was so warm! And that leads me nicely into thanking you ALL so much for my birthday wishes, your Mother’s Day stories, and a lovely collective of events. I do enjoy reading through your comments, and although once again I know this time of year has been hard for many of you, I hope that the warmer weather, and the promise of spring will make things a little easier.

My birthday started early this year with lunch on Friday in Farnborough. I met my sister Jenny there, and had a great catch up over Eggs Benedict and Earl Grey tea! She very kindly brought hers and mum’s birthday gifts for me, which included more of my favourite pottery, some Portmerion eggcups and a beautiful heart. She also very naughtily bought me a scarf too which I love! Mum treated me to the splash guard for my Kitchen Aid – essential when making cakes – and something that will probably feature in our midnight hour on Friday 3rd April! Actually Chris and Ros made me a cover for my KitchenAid too, so it’s looking very posh on the side now. The 3rd will be my first night back after my holiday, so you can check out the TSV and my tan! Oh, mum also bought me a stunning white camellia, which is now in full bloom – beautiful. Below is a pic of me with Jo on my birthday…

With Jo

I raced home and packed hurriedly for my next birthday treat which was an overnight stay in a fabulous West End hotel – this was arranged on our bed when we arrived : ) He’d also organised for us to have a meal and spend the evening at Boisdales Jazz Club which is fabulous.

Hotel bedroom

With ColinMy starter was deep fried haggis which was served with a wee dram of fine whisky and was delicious! It was followed by a fabulous lamb dish, and all washed down with a particularly good Malbec – yum! Suffice to say we had a ball – I so enjoy Colin’s company, and we always have fun : ) We rounded the evening off dancing to the live music, and the following day we took a lovely long walk through London including St. James’ Park. In spite of the chilly weather, we thoroughly enjoyed the exercise, which is all good practice for my next challenge – The London Moonwalk – on 16th May! The charity has been raising money for Breast Cancer Research for many years, and is always very well attended. 26.2 miles across our fair city at night is certainly going to be testing, but some of my mates at QVC will be joining me including Jackie Kabler, Kathy and Debbie Flint, so I will be in good company.

St James ParkI’m hoping it won’t be quite as exhausting as the Three Peaks Challenge I endured last May, but this time it would be a huge boost to me if you would maybe sponsor our team to help us increase these much needed funds? Here’s the link if you’d be so kind, and any donation, whatever size, will be gratefully received. In the meantime I will keep on training, and have my running/walking shoes packed and ready to take to Morocco – there’s a fabulous promenade which is about three miles long and I aim to run that at least three times a week. What I could really do with to inspire me though is an amazing gadget that Claire Sutton showed me, and Anne Dawson has written about on her blog! It’s called the FitBit.

After our walk, Colin and I came home and cooked an enormous chilli in readiness for his children and my Jack and Sam to join us for more celebrations! I love having all the children together, and as I’ve mentioned before I’m truly blessed that they all get on so well. Also joining us were my niece Emily and her husband Paul, which was great as they don’t often get time to spend with the rest of the family, and will mean they won’t be strangers at the wedding. I was spoilt rotten with beautiful jewellery, perfume, flowers, plants, a fab shawl with sparkles that looks great over leggings and a lovely sign for my kitchen from Joe which reads “Memories are great, but dreams are better”…

I’m getting closer to seeing my dreams come true when I marry Colin in June, and the wedding plans are coming together nicely! What do you think of the invitations (pictured below)? We were very pleased, and have got some real ink pens so that we can do the typeface justice! I’ve also spent time with the church florist Maggie, and she will be creating my bouquet for me along with the church flowers… I am going to have lily of the valley, freesias and white roses, and having seen some of her work I am very excited to see what she will create for me : )

Wedding invitations

And talking of creations, both Colin and I were absolutely thrilled when Julie Bates from Peony flowers offered to make our table decorations for the Wedding Breakfast! How incredible is that? In fact in just 24 hours she and her designer Stevie came up with these… lily of the valley, freesias and roses! Absolutely perfect and so kind of her – the room will look amazing! Colin and I visited the venue again last night and had our taster session in lieu of the three course meal. I’m not going to give too much away, but suffice to say we just couldn’t decide on the dessert…. So this is one of the two delights we’ll be enjoying on the day! : )

Peony centrepieces

Wedding desserts

Well, that’s pretty much all my news, but I’m going to end this blog with a request… There is a part of our wedding day I’d love you to help me with… and that is in choosing our hymns. The younger folk have learned a whole raft of new songs, but Colin and I are very much old school and were thinking possibly of ‘Jerusalem’? ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ is lovely but it was sung at my father’s funeral so I’d prefer something else. Whatever we go for it has to be something we ALL know and so I’d be really grateful if you could jot your ideas down here on the blog? Thank you so much from us both : )

Well I’m off to finish my packing now as we’re heading to Agadir first thing Monday morning. I’ll miss you til I’m back, but will check in with you while I’m away.

Take care,

with my love,

Ali xx

180 Comments

  1. Joy March 23, 2015 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali & Colin, I hope you are refreshed from your holiday with a super duper base tan, ready for your June wedding – I feel that alot of people will be there with you all in spirit, if not in body, to share this oh so very special day. I too am married to a Colin (19 years this coming September).
    As for a suggestion for your hymn, how’s about ‘Morning has Broken’ as it will be the first morning that you will wake up to a new start, new life, new beginnings. You may leave the past in the past but commence your new married life with the most handsome, oh-so-special and incredible gentleman that is to spend the rest of his life with you. To love you, To support you and to inspire you for the rest of your lives together. God bless you Ali and Colin & both your families. Joy xxxxxx

    • Julia May 29, 2015 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

      Just been reading your blog titled Birthday Celebrations and Wedding Plans. I had Jerusalem at my wedding in 2001. Also had the Monty Python theme tune as we walked out of the church – a bit of fun!

  2. karen March 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    That is just how what I want in my wedding bouquet if I
    ever get married again. Just got to find a man LOl

  3. karen March 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Morning has broken

  4. Sue woods March 23, 2015 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I know that this is not a religious song but what about Happy by Pharrell Williams!

  5. Les Dunster March 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I have watched QVC for many many years and have always admiired you as a presenter. I was saddened to hear a few years back of your illness but applaud the way you fought back. I wish you all the very best for the future.
    Les Dunster

  6. Rhona Fenton March 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison what an amazing blog as always this one really is packed full, I did pass on my belated Birthday wishes to sam and wishing you a very happy birthday also but think my reply was late is as normal so sorry once again for that I need to get my act together ha ha!! Have to say our Rebecca did manage to get an amazing picture and had put it on her FB page if you go onto mine Alison and look up Rebecca you should see it, I tried to look up but to bright but it was funny seeing the house go dark and the shadows coming in then out came the sun again it was really exciting and for once it was a clear sky when it was going on :) so glad you had a fantastic birthday and enjoyed all your treats you deserve it :) hope you got our card ok? loving all the wedding news its all coming along :) love getting the chance to see everything it all looks amazing! I did attempt to tweet you bare with me this is new ground for me ha ha!! now my input I was going to say all things bright and beautiful the reason for that was my sister had it at her wedding and she said the reason being that when it came to singing each little flower that opens that was for your children as they are the little flowers that open our children :) so as you can imagine when we were all standing there singing that there was not a dry eye to be seen :) but reading your blog you have good reason for counting that one out! but I still struggle to sing it for the reason I just said :) I will also add at colin and myself wedding we had Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring playing while we signed the Register in front off everyone and we also walked out to that also which is just beautiful, and every time I hear it that takes me back to our wedding day where I married my amazing colin :) so hope that might help give you some choice which to have playing at your wedding? but for now hope you and colin both have a fantastic holiday and I will look forward to hearing all about it when you get back! love to you both Rhona xx

  7. ann lynne quinn March 23, 2015 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    morning has broken is a lovely song for a wedding xx

  8. Sue Woods March 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    After my moment of stupidness what about :
    Love Divine all love excelling or Give me Joy in my Heart

  9. Sue Woods March 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    I do love Jerusalem

  10. Jennywren March 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,here are my suggestions for hymns.The most important thing is to choose hymns that people can sing easily without too many high notes as well as being known.I personally would not choose Jerusalem rousing though it is but better suited to a State occasion!Now I realise this is a very important occasion and you must have whatever you like.You also need a pretty competent organist to pull it off properly and many organists would struggle!
    My suggestions are1.The King of love my shepherd is
    2.Praise my soul the king of Heaven.3.lord of all hopefulness,Lord of all joy(known as the all day hymn).I am sure everybody would enjoy singing any of these and hope you would too.Hope this helps ,enjoy your holiday.Ps I have never written before but followed your amazing journey over the last few years with great admiration.Best wishes for the future to you and Colin,enjoy!

  11. loraine March 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison have a lovely time went to agadir a few years ago always,remember going to a Berber evening and dancing with the locals a strange sort of dance and cou s cou s to eat also went to the atlas mountains anyway enjoy and glad wedding plans are going well nice invites my family and I are all going to Cornwall for Easter apparently the weather is going to be good let’s hope enjoy morocco love Loraine xxx

  12. Margaret Mason March 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    I was going to suggest “Love Divine” but I see Sue has beaten me to it. I don’t know what time your wedding is but I do know you love your garden and natural things so what about “Morning has Broken”.
    Whatever you choose I am sure it will be perfect for what will be a wonderful day and the start of your new journey as Colin’s wife.
    There are many of us who do not comment regularly on your blog but still always read it and we will all be with you in spirit on the big day wishing you the happiness you deserve.

  13. Christina March 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    I know through reading your blogs your both big country music fans, There is a lovely song, originally sung by king of country, George Jones, “Walk through this world with me”, also covered by a great country singer Heather Myles, all the best for your wedding and continued happiness x

  14. Joanna Downey March 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, What a treat to have another blog so soon and one full of fabulous news. You obviously enjoyed a super birthday filled with lots of treats. Your wedding will be so pretty; your flowers are perfect for a June wedding and their fragrance will be sublime, the stationery looks wonderful and as for the food… I can understand you not wanting All Things Bright and Beautiful so an alternative might be For the Beauty of the Earth. We Pledge to One Another, the modern version of I Vow to Thee My Country and played to the theme of Jupiter from Planets Suite, is truly beautiful. I’ve now got wedding fever and may find a fascinator to wear while I finish this reply. We had stunning weather on Friday morning with a clear blue sky and experienced a sharply defined solar eclipse. I had wondered how I could watch it safely and came up with the idea of looking at the reflection in a bucket of water- I felt very proud of my makeshift viewer even if I did look a tad strange standing on the drive, peering at the water. I love this little green planet of ours and all the wonders of nature, I even got emotional the first time I saw the Severn Bore and had to pretend that my eyes were watering because it was so cold. Petra I send my best wishes, I’m sure that I was one of many who breathed a huge sigh of relief for you and wish you a speedy return to full health. To Alpa, I sorry that I can’t help in your search for a good hairdresser in your area but if you could ever get up to the West Mids I’d take you to my girl who is outstanding – the offer is open ended. Enjoy your holiday Ali, love from Jo x

  15. Karen Reynolds March 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    How about You’ll Never Walk Alone…….

  16. Karen Rix March 23, 2015 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    What about The Lords my Shepherd a lovely old hymn.

  17. Susan March 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope you arrived safely and have a much deserved holiday! I hope you relax in your abode for a week. Gorgeous photos BTW, all of them! The wedding will be stunning and elegant as you are and will be. Glad you had a lovely and romantic birthday too. Til the next news!! Enjoy your hop x

  18. Melanie McCracken March 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, one of my favourite hymns is Now Thank We All Our God. My husband and i had it at our wedding 25 yrs ago this April. I think it really resonates with me now as i like you are a cancer survivor. I hope whatever hymns you choose you have a fantastic day and many yrs of happiness xx

  19. jacqui law March 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    How great thou art, or love divine all loves excelling?
    Wishing you every happiness.

  20. Lesley Wood March 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Love divine,all loves excelling and Glorious things of thee are spoken

  21. MAY MCFARLANE March 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    love divine all loves excelling. we had this at our wedding 50 years ago on 30/1/1965

  22. Sue fletcher March 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    I had Jerusalem at my wedding. Beautiful hymn

  23. Anne Lewis March 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    What about Dear Lord and Father of Mankind?

  24. Gina Donnell March 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison here’s a thought for you, have you heard Daniel O Donnell sing Ave Maria, my late father chose this song for me and even today brings back all the good memories of the day so appropriate I think for you both.

  25. Samantha Allen March 24, 2015 at 1:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    For me there is only one hymn that it can be and that is Love Divine All Loves Excelling..
    A beautiful hymn – very emotional.
    Hope you both have a wonderful time in Morocco and come back relaxed and chilled for all the excitement in the months ahead.
    My warmest wishes and love to you both, Samantha xx

  26. Martine Mallett March 24, 2015 at 7:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison we also had Jerusalem and Lead us heavenly father lead us, 30 years ago in August!

  27. Jane Hardie March 24, 2015 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    I agree with Sue – “Love Divine, All Love`s Excelling” is a lovely hymn with very appropriate words.

  28. Sue Hopkins March 24, 2015 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali the hymns we had at our wedding and my daughters wedding was Love
    Devine all love excelling which is such a lovely hymn for a wedding and praise my soul the king of heaven which is so lovely too. Good luck with that.

  29. Tracey Kilvington March 24, 2015 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. My daughter was married last August and she began her service with “Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord.” It was very moving and if you are not familiar with this hymn I urge you to listen to it. It is beautiful. Good luck to you both. xx

  30. Elaine sallis March 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali. Your birthday sounded wonderful. Colin once again excelled himself. You are such a lovely couple. I hope you have a lovely holiday and a good rest. Your wedding is going to be beautiful. The flowers look beautiful. We had Love Divine at our wedding. Hope all is going well with Lucy.

    Elaine x

  31. Angela Lindsay March 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    My favourite hymns from school assembly were Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and Lord of All Hopefulness so I had these at my wedding back in 1986!. Best wishes for your future together.

  32. Sue Radford March 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Hope you’re having a great and relaxing time in Morocco! Great also, to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your birthday with all your family and friends, seems as though you were well and truly pampered – exactly what you deserved. I also chose ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’ for my Dad’s funeral (and my Mum’s), as the words were so apt, and it’s such a very beautiful hymn. I think ‘Morning Has Broken’ is beautiful too, and that and ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’ were sung at my wedding many moons ago lol! I love your invitations, and I can almost taste the dessert you’ve chosen lol!!

    Alpa, really sorry to hear about your hairdressing disaster! I can understand how you feel. I’ve always had shoulder length hair, but many years ago fancied a change, so decided to have it cut short. I will never forget the disappointing feeling I had when I looked in the mirror afterwards – the hairdresser got so carried away and cut it to within one and a half inches all over aaaargh! I have since cut and coloured my own hair.

    Love Sue Radford xx

  33. Susan Green March 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I always look forward to reading your blog as both my daughter and I admire you so much and you are our favourite presenter. My Daughter is a vicar and she tells me that Morning has Broken and Give me Joy in My Heart are extremely popular for weddings. They are a bit more modern and even the children know them from school! Jerusalem is a favourite of mine as it was my old school hymn and it always transports me back many years. A friend of mine chose Breathe on me Breath of God. The words to this hymn are very beautiful. Have a lovely holiday, and look forward to your return to our screens.

  34. Burnette Boatswain March 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.I love reading your blogs but have never replied to any yet.This time I would love to give a suggestion for a hymn which is “Great is thy faithfulness.”.This is such a beautiful moving hymn.

  35. Mandy Mitchell March 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Hope you are relaxing in Morocco with your Colin as you read this.Thankyou SO much for your “Happy Birthday”message reply last Thursday.I was chuffed to bits having a message from you on my special day.Had to work but managed to go to the Lake District straight from work Friday (a place I adore, my shoulders go down as soon as I see the landscape) A beautiful boat trip on Ullswater on Saturday certainly blew the cob webs away & made my weekend.So glad YOU had a lovely time on your birthday & I’m pleased you love Portmerion as I was born & still live in “the Potteries” although sadly most of thefactories have now closed. My husband &I always guess where the crockery is from when we go away before discreetly turning over the plates to check!Went to Rhodes last year & was gobsmacked that the plares were from Stoke! I am so pleased all your wedding plans are coming together nicely & the invitations are bwautiful & classy(just like you of course)Your flowers are such a good choice & so romantic for your special day.I think its lovely that you are asking for ideas for a wedding hymn & I think whatecer you both choose its got to be one that everyone knows so they can belt it out & do you proud!There is nothing worse than going to a wedding & noone knows the tune….awkward!My suggestions are;Love Divine, Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, Lord of all Hopefulness, Amazing Grace & of course Jerusalem. Love the sunset, my phone & camera is full of them & I am known to ask people to stop the car so that I can capture them(it must be the romantic side of beibg a Pisces)Enjoy your quality time with your Colin & I look forward to seeing you back on Thursday nights when you return.
    Love &Hugs
    Mandy xx
    p.s glad you liked my lamb story

  36. Debs March 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison this is the first time I have posted but felt compelled to share my suggestion ‘Lord of the Dance’ so that wherever you dear departed father is he can be there at your wedding. And I’ll lead you all wherever I may be’ It is so uplifting!! I send you love and wonderful happy wedding day wishes x

  37. Tricia Coulsonwood March 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, have a great holiday, its all systems go for you over the next two months… Love to Lucy…have a wonderful birth…
    Great news for us my youngest daughter Liz & Paul her fiance are getting married this year ..October 3rd.. Six months to pick a dress, flowers, and all the works.. They are having a reception at a converted Hall in the medieval room. Lots to sort out but we’ve already bought the shoes and headress, colour scheme . I am so happy for them both.. I actually bought a new fascinator for myself from the hospice shop !!.it is lovely, you wouldn’t believe it .
    I think an ideal hymn for you and Colin is …either..
    1/. We pledge to one another..tune is …I vow to thee..
    2/…O perfect love..best loved hymns..
    3/..or the beauty of the earth…England’s lane tunes.
    Lots of love to everyone…. Tricia x

  38. Jan March 25, 2015 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    First of all can I wish you a belated happy birthday. Sounds like you had a wonderful time courtesy of your family, friends & mainly Colin – what a wonderful caring & thoughtful man you have there! Regarding hymns, I’m with the majority as I love ‘Love Divine’ (I had it at my wedding in 1978, I’m divorced now but hey ho I still love it!). I also thought of ‘Morning has Broken’ as to me it symbolises a new start & fresh hope. I think we must have similar taste in flowers as they are my favourites & were in my bouquet. Good luck with your training, you really are an inspiration. Hope you & Colin have a fantastic holiday & look forward to hearing about it.
    Take care, lots of love
    From Jan xxx

  39. KAREN WILLIAMSON March 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison

    My favourite hymns are –

    Dear Lord & Father Of Mankind & Love Divine

    Best Wishes

    Karen

  40. Gill Smith March 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope you are having a lovely holiday. I don’t normally write on your blog, but love to read them and your journey through good and bad times. I just had to suggest a couple of hymns for you wedding – Love divine all loves excelling, O perfect love all human thought transcending and lastly a lovely country and western song. Colin may have heard of this talented lady Kathy Mattea who sings a duet called The Battle Hymn of Love. You can see this on Youtube. There are some lines which I think are appropriate for you two and they are:- ‘With God as my witness this vow I will make. to have and to hold you, no other to take, For rich or for poor under skies grey or blue, ‘Til my death I will stand by you.’ I hope you will listen to it, perhaps Colin could learn it and sing it to you, perhaps not on the big day though. Look forward to seeing you back soon on QVC. Love Gill x x x

  41. Jilly March 25, 2015 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Ooooh happy holiday ALi and very belated birthday wishes. How. Utterly wonderful to have a surprise warm jolly holly at this time of the year. Fabulous for you both. I was going to send a message to say how super you were telling us all what you had left behind when you were on with Anthony – you really are an inspiration to so many women watching and going through such horrors. I didn’t get the message sent because I was too busy ordering – then I ordered the lovely navy cardi you had on and I am delighted with it.
    Brilliant getting your family catch up and pictures of the family. Also the cakes!!! Such a good time was had by all. How lovely all the children get on so well. It is going to be some wedding with them all together. I had freesias in my wedding bouquet and still love them. The posy looks fabulous. It is all so exciting.
    We have have just had such good news that Annie’s husband has had another all clear scan of the brain and chest area. His goal is to get off the steroids but as he was given a very poor prognosis this news is so good. Annie has her check up also and all is well with her. So we can breath more easily once again.
    I operate the overhead projector in our chapel and love the hymns especially Give me Joy and Love Divine – I just have to concentrate and remember to turn the page while singing!!! well there are so many that are great hymns I am sure what you pick will be perfect.
    Jo when we have lost our beloved pets it has been very heartbreaking so we know how you are feeling. Time will help and you have your memories but…….still very hard.
    I was in Iceland in Nov. Janet and we loved it. Swimming in the blue lagoon was perfect. It was a girlie five days.
    So sorry your hair is not good Alpa. If your hair is wrong it makes you feel down all over and this is not what you want to feel when life is sometime hard going.
    Very pleased Lucy will be having time to rest and get ready for the baby. Another exciting time ahead for you all and so very special.
    Looking forward to you piccies and update Ali. Do enjoy this special time. Oh we watched the eclipse at work. It was over the sea and amazing. It went so quiet for a while. Love Jilly xx

  42. Alison Keenan March 25, 2015 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue loving your suggestion -been practicing to see how many of the words I remember!! Love Ali x

  43. Alison Keenan March 25, 2015 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Jenny you’re a star! So chuffed that having never written before you have chosen to
    Help Colin and I with out special day! The hymns you have suggested I had almost forgotten about but have surprised myself by remembering not just the words but the tune too! We will get our heads together and make a decision once I’ve read the rest if the comments! Thank you again for taking the time love Ali xxx

  44. john March 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    travelling we had this on our 2 marriage to each other words mean a lot

  45. Jane March 26, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    We had the King of Love My Shepherd Is and Praise My Soul the King of Heaven. I love hymns at a wedding and having a jolly sing. We have a been married since 1986 and I still remember our wedding when I hear them. Good luck with your wedding plans and enjoy every moment. Jane xx

  46. Mary Morphy March 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi..just a quickie for now before I forget the hymns I had at my wedding ( 19 years in August).its my birthday today!! I had Jerusalem and Lord of all Hopefullness which was sung in a more up tempo style..vicar sang his heart out then blew his nose right down the microphone! !! More later..have a great holiday. Love Mary xx

  47. Viv Adams March 27, 2015 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    I wish you everything you wish yourselves for your forthcoming Wedding. I love the Composer John Rutter and if you get a chance to listen to any of his music, I think you may find something suitable. I was widowed just over five years ago, but if I was lucky enough to marry again, he (John Rutter) would definately feature in my wedding. At the Royal Wedding the choir sang “This is the day” which is lovely. My niece married two years ago and the choir sang “The Lord Bless you and keep you” They are probably songs for a choir to sing, as I am not sure a congregation would necessarily know them, but they are lovely. I have sung many John Rutter pieces in choirs and they always send shivers down my spine! A Gaelic Blessing – gorgeous, All Things Bright and Beautiful (Rutter) ….I could wax lyrical…..Enjoy ! Viv x

  48. Jeanette March 27, 2015 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison – what about How Great Thou Art – I heard a wonderful version this morning on Classic FM by Libera; Sam Wiggin (solo) – very uplifting and bound up with how joyful singing can be! All the Best J

  49. Janet Jones March 27, 2015 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, hope you and Colin are having a lovely relaxing time in Agadir . My hymn choice would be Lord Of All Hopefulness, and Jerusalem. I love the wedding invites so tasteful and the table arrangements are beautiful.
    Jilly glad to hear all is well with your family and I would definitely go back to Iceland.
    Ali and Colin enjoy the rest of your holiday and look forward to you back on our screens.Speak soon love Janet xx

  50. Vanessa Slatford March 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Enjoy your holiday, look forward to seeing you again on QVC – a Hymn you may like:
    The words seemed appropriate

    One More Step Along The World I Go
    One more step along the world I go,
    One more step along the world I go.
    From the old things to the new
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    Chorus
    And it’s from the old I travel to the new,
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    Round the corners of the world I turn,
    More and more about the world I learn.
    All the new things that I see
    You’ll be looking at along with me.

    Chorus

    As I travel through the bad and good
    Keep me travelling the way I should.
    Where I see no way to go
    You’ll be telling me the way, I know.

    Chorus

    Give me courage when the world is rough,
    Keep me loving though the world is tough.
    Leap and sing in all I do,
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    Chorus

    You are older than the world can be,
    You are younger than the life in me.
    Ever old and ever new,
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    Chorus

  51. Christine Harman March 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison for my wedding I had The Lords My Shepherd and Oh Perfect Love. I think Oh Perfect Love is indeed perfect for a wedding and it is a beautiful Hymn

  52. Christine Cairns March 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I hope you have a lovely wedding day – my suggestion for a traditional hymn would be ‘Morning Has Broken’. It’s very uplifting and I used to love singing it when I was at school. I chose it for my wedding in 1971! Cat Stevens had a hit with the song shortly after that.

  53. Carol S March 27, 2015 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi ya alison, wishing you belated birthday wishes. I can see that you had a lovely time with all the people that mean the most to you. Hope your holiday is all you expected it to be and that you are enjoying the sunshine. My late Mothers favourite hymn was How Great Thou art, She used to love Songs of Praise and when this came on she used to sing along with it. I also love it. Not long now till the baby will be here, you must be so excited. Wishing. You lots of happy times , with lots of love, Carol. X x

  54. Jilly March 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Evening everyone – wondering if you have had your training run today Ali. How super to train in such an exotic place. Really enjoying reading everyone telling us their favorite hymns. They all bring back such memories going through many years. Catch up soon and all have a lovely weekend ( it is Friday evening) and Easter next weekend- where is this year going?!! Love Jilly xx

  55. Jilly March 27, 2015 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    P.s we always have Lord of the Dance at any celebration and love it love (again) Jilly xx

  56. Anne Marie Mason March 28, 2015 at 2:06 am -  Reply

    Hi, why don’t you have a listen to the Amazing Grace cd by Elvis. Mum loves some of the hymns sung by him and I think they’d be lovely at your wedding. Anne-Marie. x

  57. Judith Lennon March 28, 2015 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Again what a lovely blog. Spring is here and gradually the flowers are peeping their way through the soil. It amazes me every year how such delicate flowers push their way through the heavy ground. I didn’t see any of the eclipse but it went very dark and spooky !!!!!! Suggestions for your wedding hymns Love Devine, Praise my Soul the king of Heaven and Give me joy in my Heart.
    I love your wedding invitations. I am steadily feeling better with my back problem although not there yet. I am hoping that my impending holiday to Mexico will make a new woman of me!!! Just a few weeks away now to feeling the sunshine on my body – bliss.. Hope you and Colin enjoy your holiday and come home relaxed and refreshed. Not long to the two very exciting events this year for you. Love and hugs as always. Judith xx

  58. Kim March 28, 2015 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Another fantastic blog, thank you so much for taking the time to keep in touch amidst your busy life. Glad you had the fabulous birthday you deserve and we’re so rightly spoiled! As for hymns, I am with Karen and “You’ll Never Walk Alone’ (but that’s a football thing with me!) – may I suggest “Bind Us Together” as a possible for your happy day? Looking forward to seeing you back on my TV, hugs always, Kim xx

  59. Gwen March 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali, so lovely to read your bubbly and happy blog which you so truly deserve to be. I am sure your Wedding Day is going to be wonderful and I know you are going to make a very gorgeous Bride, Colin is a very lucky man and I am sure you are very very happy that you found each other.

    It is lovely to see your picture of you and your friend Jo, I have a best friend and we have been through all of the ups and downs that life throws at you together, but she has just recently been diagnosed with leukaemia so as you will know it is a very sad time for us, but God willing all will be well.

    Have a happy holiday and I look forward to reading all about it.

    Lots of love to you all,
    Gwen.
    XXX

  60. Alison Keenan March 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Loraine, it sounds as though you had a fab time in. Morrocco as indeed we are, altho am being tested with the dodgy Wi fi signal!

  61. Alison Keenan March 28, 2015 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Margaret thank you so much for your kind words and suggestions for our wedding day. I truly appreciate you taking the time out to comment and for reading the blog – lovely to have you as a part of The Army

  62. Alison Keenan March 28, 2015 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chistina, what a beautiful song! Colin had heard of it but I googled it and it really touched me. At this rate we’ll have an afternoon of singing and song before we even leave the church!

  63. gina March 29, 2015 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Were celebrating 25 years of marriage on june 12th this year, our hyms were lord of of the Dance, and morning has broken, and we had a wonderful solo singer singing Ava Maria whilst we signed the register. Beautiful.

  64. Pat Crozier March 29, 2015 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Love Devine as many have suggest will be “divine”, praise my soul the king of heaven, dear lord and father of mankind. All of which have been suggested, but just thought i would “second” them. This is the first time I have posted a comment but I do read your blog and keep up to date with your excellent progress. It is of great help to me so I can be more positive for my husband of 43 years. Have a good holiday, and create more happy memories. X

  65. TINA S March 30, 2015 at 12:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    “Pemblws Hapus” or a belated “Happy birthday” to you. I hope you had a wonderful time, it sounds as if you did. I love my Port Meirion china as well. Have you visited there? It is a stunning place to visit. I should work for the Welsh Tourist Industry as I’m always recommending places to visit!
    Gosh it won’t be long now for the big day. I must agree with the other suggestions of “Love Divine..” We had it in our wedding. I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember the other one we had. Well it was 30 years ago now although I do remember it as if it was yesterday. I remember my friend telling me to remember everything as the day would go by so quickly. And it did. I can remember sitting in the car with my father, the sun streaming through the window and saying to myself to remember this moment in time.
    Another great hymn is “Amazing Grace” which I think would be good as most people are familiar with it. I think there is nothing worse than people not knowing the hymns and not singing.( I attended a friend’s mothers funeral a while ago who was a Catholic. As I am not of that faith I thought I would just go to the Crematorium .Unfortunately I did not know any of the hymns they sang and did not have the hymn sheet as they had been given out in the Church Mass service they had first. I felt a bit daft standing there and not singing but didnt know the hymns.
    So getting back to my point, I think it is always best choosing the more popular hymns that are more well known .)
    The flowers look stunning for your wedding. Are you having fresh or all silk? There is nothing nicer than the smell of fresh freesias and lily of the valley. We were out the other day and the areas on the prom had been planted up with Hyacinths, the smell was absolutely gorgeous. We could smell them from quite a distance.
    Hubby Dennis’ diabetic health check was all ok to, thank you for asking.
    Well time has run away with me again. I was going to have an early night!!
    Take care, best wishes from Tina S ,( S. Wales) x

  66. Sheila Williams March 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Love Divine is a gorgeous hymn for a wedding. We had it our wedding in 1967

  67. Sue Lee March 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    My hymns suggestions, Come to the wedding. We pledge to one another. I think they have lovely words. Sue x

  68. Colette Jones March 31, 2015 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. The invitations are beautiful. These are the hymns that I had at my marriage to Steve on 08/08/92 – Praise My Soul The King of Heaven, The King of Love my Shepherd is, a beautiful alternative to The Lord’s my Shepherd, and our final hymn Love
    Devine all Loves Excelling. I walked down the aisle to Handel’s Largo, my late lovely Dad’s favourite piece of music. He was so proud on that very special day. It was also played at his funeral service in November 2013. And as Steve and I walked down the aisle we chose the joyus, magnificent Widor’s Toccata – have a listen on YouTube – willowthebored – 475,712 views. Both Steve, our sons, Jordan and Ross, and me think this would be perfect for you and Colin. All our love The Jones Boys and Colettte xx

  69. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Les, lovely to know you’ve been with me and QVC for so many years, and thank you for your kind words and best wishes. I send you mine

  70. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Joy, lovely to hear from you, and yes, I’ve been working on my tan altho I’ll need some sunshine at hime to keep it til June! Congratulations on your up and coming anniversary to your Colin – glad that you too have a good man by your side

  71. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Karen, and thanks so very much for your suggestion of Morning has Broken – another popular choice and certainly one we both know the tune to! I’m glad you like my choice of flowers, and will keep my fingers crossed that one day soon your Prince will come and carry you off into the sunset

  72. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rhona, I will check out Rebecca’s FB page for the eclipse photo, and while I remember thank you SO much for my birthday card. I left them all out on the dresser for the week, and it was much admired :) thanks too for your wedding hymn suggestions – lovely to read about your wedding day, and to know how close you and your Colin still are, and how happy too

  73. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Anne, I thank you very much for your suggestion, and I think this is one of the two too choices! Have a great week, love Ali xx

  74. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Jo, and so glad you enjoyed the blog. It’s always fun choosing which photos to post with the words, and I’m hoping to have a few sun filled shots for you next time! That said we are fog bound in Agadir at the moment, so have been in search of the sun! You really made me out on my thinking cap trying to remember the Jupiter theme from The Planets, and it brought back many happy memories of listening to this with my Dad when I was a child. He loved classical music, and used this and The Sorcerers Apprentice to teach us about music and orchestral performances.. I will definitely hook it out and listen again now.

  75. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Karen, thanks for your suggestion – definitely one we’d all know! Love Ali

  76. Alison Keenan March 31, 2015 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karen – The Lords My Shepherd is a lovely idea too! Thank you love Ali xx

  77. martin forbes March 31, 2015 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you and the family are well
    iam not bad.not long to your wedding now.

  78. Sue March 31, 2015 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali it’s my first time to leave a comment,i enjoy qvc especially your shows.
    Morning has broken is a lovely song ,you must be excited aboout your wedding ,i’m sure you will look beauitiful.A exciting year for you becoming a nanny as well as your wedding,my daughter had a little boy isaac in febuary my first grandson ,such a wonderful feeling ,enjoy your holiday c u back on qvc soon xx sue

  79. kelly mcvann April 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Allison, I love to watch your shows. I would love to wish you and Colin all the best for your wedding. I really like the wedding invitations and the flowers, I myself am I big peony fan and have a collection in my home. May I suggest I great hymn We Pledge to One Another as this is such a meaningful hymn. Look forward to seeing you on your next show. Kelly xx

  80. Jilly April 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali and everyone just wishing you all a wonderful Easter. Hope it is relaxing for everyone with a time to share the special weekend and if one has nobody to share the weekend then I hope you have plenty of chocolate to eat all for yourself – as this is a time when eating chocolate is all right!! ( I think).. After a very busy week (I had five completions today -everyone wanted to buy their house and move in for Easter!!) I am ready for a few days off. We will be having the traditional Easter Egg Hunt round the garden on Sunday so I hope the weather will be good. Have to get the paintbrush out before then though!!
    Missing you on tv Ali but looking forward to hearing all about your jolly . Cannot believe we are into April now so time moving so quickly for the baby coming and the wedding – just love, love, love the hymn one more step – I had forgotten about it until reading it here. It is perfect with fabulous words. Gosh the choice is so hard for you but we will be looking forward to your updates.
    Hope all is well with everyone and Sending Easter hugs along the way and grateful thanks for the kind thoughts for my lot. love Jilly x

  81. Dorothy Young April 3, 2015 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, congratulations to you and Colin on your forthcoming wedding. A lovely wedding hymn I think is Make me a Channel of Your Peace, it really is a lovely hymn. Hope you have a lovely holiday and come back fully refreshed.

  82. Linda Edwards April 3, 2015 at 2:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison the 2 hymns I love are Jerusalem and Give me joy in my heart. This is the first time I have written on your blog but have been following you on qvc for along while. I always enjoy your shows, they are always fun and informative. Happy wedding day wishes for June and hope you have had a lovely holiday. See you back on air soon. xx

  83. Norah April 3, 2015 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I am so happy for you with regard to your forthcoming wedding. I was in Bath Abbey this week and they had a CD of hymns. I made a note of these for you: Love Divine All Love Excelling; All People That On Earth Do Dwell; Jerusalem; How Great Thou Art; Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven.

    Good Luck on the day and very best wishes.

    Norah xx

  84. Mary Morphy April 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello again, I hope that you are enjoying Morocco; the weather here is like winter so I hope the sun is shining and hot! So after my very brief blog on my birthday giving you my hymn choices ( Jerusalem and Lord of all Hopefulness) which were played at my wedding I am not sure really where the time has gone. Work has been very stressful and I have been invigilating in exams as it was Mock week; I scribe and read for some of the students that I support; particularly difficult if they are telling you what to write and it is the wrong answer! Taxi service is as busy as ever, it it Good Friday today and I have taken and collected my mum from Age Concern, taken my husband to the beer festival in Margate and dropped Jack off at Royal St Georges Golf Club in Sandwich as he is caddying (for Mr Tim Yeo MP!!) and have to collect him later. In between that I am creating a Frozen themed two tier birthday cake for my little cousin Emilie who is three; I have made a ice castle for the top complete with icing snowflakes on wires so they boing!! I am totally frozened out and am having a break before I assemble..not sure how it will survive the journey to Maidstone tomorrow!!

    Your wedding plans are coming together at a great pace; not long now!! I love the invites and the dessert looks truly deliciously amazing; a great choice. The table decs are beautiful. I had white flowers in my table centrepieces as I love white flowers only. My Favourites are lilies, I had a huge bouquet of white longiflorum lilies and lots of greenery which my aunt made; she’s a florist and it was a present form her. The day after the wedding my sister went and draped it over my father-in-laws headstone, he sadly died the Christmas before we got married and it was a poignant moment and a tribute to him.
    I am so glad you had lots of celebration for your birthday and that you had many mini gatherings of celebration. I was supposed to be out the day before mine with one of my dearest friends but she became a grandma for the second time so we rescheduled for this week but she had to cancel again. She came yesterday instead for lunch; I’ve joined slimming world in my quest for a healthier, thinner me and it was great to catch up finally. We have booked to go to a new carvery that has opened near us next week. Hubby Jon had man flu so we didn’t go out on my birthday; I had a terrible day at work and was shattered so was in bed by 9 with a mug of Horlicks!! Will make up for it next year as me and my twin are 50..BIG PARTY!! I was out with friends on Friday though and we had a great time; they sang to be in the restaurant and embarrassed me!!!
    However, I am now on the second day of a long Easter Break and plan to paint the kitchen over the holidays. We have racing green tiles in our kitchen from floor to ceiling; very hip way back in 2000 when we had the kitchen done ( an MFI job, in the style in the showroom) but I’m bored with them now and a new kitchen isn’t gonna happen so the paint job is my only option but I think it will be fab. Hubby not convinced but then he struggles with a vision of what it will look like. Lots of cleaning tiles and priming to be done before painting but it will be so much lighter; can’t wait to start on Easter Monday. I have a houseful on Sunday and am breaking away from the traditional roast and am making a HUGE toad in the whole is a fabulous Cooks Essentials large round shallow pan that I have…lots of mash, veg, baked beans and fried onions and obligatory thick gravy followed by either chocolate trifle made by my daughter or a very boozy sherry trifle made by twin sis. Yum!!
    However you spend it and wherever you are have a fabulous Easter and see you on screen soon. Much love Mary

  85. Susan Huskisson April 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to you being back on air tonight. My hymn suggestions are “Love Divine”, “O Perfect Love” and “Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven” these were at my wedding 35 years ago in July! ( You could also have ” Fight The Good Fight” as a joke ha ha) Anyway Ali I’m sure that whatever you choose your day will be perfect. The invitations are very tasteful and the Peony flowers look exquisite. The desserts look very moreish too ( my downfall). All the best love Sue xx

  86. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan and apologies for the delay, but difficult to connect with the wifi, so am now safely home with a few more lovely photos to share with you next time. Hard to believe it’s less than three months now until the wedding, and I have some surprise news to tell you in my next blog ! Wishing you a very happy Easter, love Ali xx

  87. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Melanie, thank you so much for sharing your special hymn with me, and I am so glad that having walked the same road as me, you too, are doing well :) Congratulations on 25 years of marriage, and here’s to the next 25. Love Ali xx

  88. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jacqui, I’m not certain I know How great Thou Art, but will check it out, although Love Divine does seem to be the most popular option at present :) Thanks for your suggestion and happy Easter to you, love Ali xx

  89. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Wow! Congratulations on your 50th Wedding Anniversary this year May – what a wonderful thing to be able to celebrate. Love Divine top of the list so far :) Happy Easter to you! love Ali x

  90. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Jersualem was suggested by Colin’s eldest son Danny, and we do both love it – I’m sure it sounded fab at your wedding too. Thanks so much for the suggestions. Love Ali x

  91. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Anne, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me with your suggestion.. It is a beautiful hymn, but I did actually have it at my first wedding, so may have to think of something different this time! Have a very happy Easter, love Ali xx

  92. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Gina thanks so much for sharing your wedding day memories with me, and for reminding me of Daniel O Donnel’s dulcet tones. I remember interviewing him on This Morning many moons ago, and alto Ave Marie wasn’t the song he sang, the entire crew were impressed with his performance. Have a very happy Easter, and I will google Daniel singing this. I am sure is a lovely memory and connection for you with your late dad… Love Ali xx

  93. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Samantha, I’m delighted to say we had a lovely time in Morocco and feel very relaxed and ready to crack on with all that lies ahead with family/work/baby/wedding! As you’ve probably seen your choice of hymn is definitely at the top of the list currently – I’ll let you know what we decide :) Thank you for your kind words and wishes too, Love Ali xx

  94. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Martine, Wishing a very happy 30th Wedding Anniversary this coming August! Are you going to be doing anything special to celebrate the day? I remember singing Lead us Heavenly Father when I was at Junior School, so thank you very much for the memory jog! Happy Easter to you, love Ali x

  95. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jane, you’re right the words for Love Divine are perfect, and is definitely at the top of Colin’s and my list. I hope you are enjoying the Easter break, and will be able to relax and stay warm! With love, Ali xx

  96. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Sue, how nice that your daughter chose the same hymns for her wedding that you had for yours! I think the tune for Praise my Soul is beautiful and the words very fitting too… I’ll let you know what we choose :) Happy Easter, love Ali x

  97. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tracey, how lovely to hear about all these new songs as well as the classical hymns. I will definitely listen out for Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, and thank you for suggesting it. Very best wishes for a happy Easter to you and yours love Ali xx

  98. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Elaine, I spoke with Lucy just this morning and she is getting very excited about the baby – as am I! The nursery is all painted and decorated, and she has washed all the baby clothes and put them away – I will be popping up there next week to see i all! So glad you like the flowers – I’m thrilled with them, and it’s incredibly kind of Julie to have helped us in this way. Do hope you will have a happy Easter, and many thanks for your hymn suggestion – Love Ali xx

  99. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Angela, even though I left school 10 years before you were married, I too remember those lovely hymns. Definitely top of the list, and Colin and I will make a choice in the next week – such a help to have these suggestions. Thank you for your kind wishes, love Ali xx

  100. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    hi there Sue, yes thank you we had a very relaxing time in Morocco with great company and very little to do. The weather could have been kinder, but it was still fun to be together and relax. Thank you for your wedding hymn suggestions, and nice to know you had All Things Bright and Beautiful at your wedding. I hope you have something nice planned for Easter and that you’ll get some sunshine! Love to you, Ali xx

  101. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, lovely to hear from you and thank you so much for the compliments. Delighted that you and your daughter enjoy the shows, and I do thank you for asking her – as she is a vicar – for hymn suggestions! Always helps if its a popular choice for the organist too! :) Give me Joy in my heart is really pretty, and I will definitely look out Breathe on me Breath of God and see what we think. I hope you’ll be able to join me either tonight or on Bank Holiday Monday, and that you and your family have a very happy Easter. Love Ali x

  102. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Burnette and thanks very much for writing to me as your first blog comment. I have to admit to not recognising ‘Great is my faithfulness’ but I will add it to my list of ‘Must listen to’ Hymns before we make our choice. Love Ali xx

  103. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mandy, so glad you got your birthday message on the day and were able to celebrate in style in the Lake District. My sister is heading up there next week for a break during the Easter Hols. I remember visiting The Potteries in Stoke years ago, and I think the china in Morocco was from there too! :) So glad you enjoy the blogs and like the choice of flowers too, and thank you for your wedding hymn suggestions – they are all lovely!! I think you’re right about the sunsets/sunrises – although this was definitely one of the most spectacular I’ve seen in a while. Have a very happy Easter, and see you soon, love Ali x

  104. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debs, your comment brought a tear to my eye.. so many years since my Dad died, and so many special occasions he missed – like this one – but he will be there with me on the day, as he always is, in my heart, and we will definitely sing for him and share a dance too. Thank you for your suggestions and kind wishes – Happy Easter to you, love Ali xx

  105. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tricia lovely to hear from you and to know that your Liz is marrying Paul on October 3rd. Marvellous that you only have six months til the big day, the converted Hall in the Medieval Room sounds perfect for the reception! I bet your fascinator will be beautiful as you will be, as mother of the bride :) I’m liking the sound of We pledge to one another – as I know the tune for I vow to Thee… am making a long list!! Thanks so much for writing, love Ali xx

  106. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jan, and thank you very much for your wedding suggestion which as you said, is very much the choice of the majority. I’m glad you still love it even though you’re now divorced, as it’s good to keep some things special even if all the things around it may have changed – if that makes sense. Colin and I did have a great time away, and feel ready for the next three months or more which will definitely be full on! Glad you like my choice of flowers – a woman after my own heart as you had the same :) happy easter, love Ali xx

  107. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Karen many thanks for your suggestions – I think these two top the list!! Have a happy Easter, love Ali xx

  108. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    I just listened to the Kathy Mattea song Battle of Love, and you’re right it is beautiful as is her voice.. but you’re also right, even if Colin did learn the words I don’t think I manage to listen with weeping which wouldn’t be a good look on the day!! :) Loving your other two choices though, and thank you very much for making them and taking the time to post them here. Wishing you a very happy Easter and hope you can join me tonight or Monday, love Ali xx

  109. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, what fantastic news to read on your comment!! Absolutely thrilled for Annie, her husband and of course all of you – to be given these clear scans is such a relief and as you say, means you can breathe more easily once again. Glad I made you laugh on the Antthony show.. I couldn’t believe I’d come out with ‘Beryl’ but as I don’t wear her at home, it’s easily done with a memory like a sieve! So glad you like the card – I wore the beautiful plum and navy long dress and cardi set while we were in Morocco and it was much admired. We had a great time, even though the weather wasn’t too good, but I managed to take some lovely pics and we enjoyed being with our friends too. How wonderful for you to have seen the eclipse, and safely across the sea – I bet it was amazing! I do hope you will be with the family for Easter and that I will ‘see’ you at some point soon. Take care, love Ali xx

  110. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi there John – thanks for your suggestion – not sure which version of Travelling you meant… was it by Passenger? Ali xx

  111. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jane it sounds as though your wedding was a lovely occasion – hard to believe that 1986 was 29 years ago!! So glad that the hymns remind you of that very special day, and thank you for sharing them. With love, Ali xx

  112. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Mary, you’ve done it again, I’m laughing out loud! :) Almost as good as the best man who broke wind as he bent over to pick the wedding ring box up – he was very nervous, but it was VERY loud – Hilarious! :) I hope you had a marvellous birthday and that someone baked YOU a cake for a change. The holiday was grand thank you and I have some nice pics to share too, have a happy Easter, love Ali xx

  113. Alison Keenan April 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Viv, thank you so much for your lovely suggestions of John Rutters Today is the Day… I think it may well be one that we could ask the choir to sing while we are signing the register… It made me cry when I heard it at William and Kate’s wedding – was struggling through chemo at the time – and I loved the words. I am sorry to hear that you lost your husband five years ago, but hope that your friends in the choir and your family keep you company and support you. Take care, and a very Happy Easter to you, love Ali xx

  114. Linda Edwards April 4, 2015 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison the songs I love are Jerusalem and Give me joy in my heart. This is the first time I have written on your blog but have been following you on qvc for a long while. You always make your shows fun and informative, I also enjoy reading your blogs. Hope you have had a lovely holiday and see you when your back on air. Linda xx

  115. Maureen Green April 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Be still for the presence of The Lord would be perfect. It starts quietly and build up very moving. Xx

  116. Jan April 5, 2015 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    My niece and husband had “Bridge Over Troubled Water” when signing the register. My favourite hymn is “Glad That I Live am I…” Good health and very best wishes to you both. xx.

  117. MARGARET McVea April 6, 2015 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,good luck for your wedding you deserve the best after all you have been through my choice of hymn would be Love Divine it is in one of my favourite films Random Harvest and would be great.By the way where has Julian Ballantine gone?he was one of my favourite presenters along with you and Julia. Love Margaret x

  118. JANFM April 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Bridge over troubled water was played recently while the bride and groom signed the register, and the modern version of O Jesus I Have Promised is a lovely hymn, not too long. Stay well and have a great wedding day.

  119. martin forbes April 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you and your family are well iam not bad.
    all the best to you and colin for your forthcoming wedding.
    i was watching one of my old video tapes when you in your fist xmas at qvc i think 2001 wishing qvc viewers com0liments of the season

  120. Alpa April 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,

    Welcome back :) Thy hymns I thought of are Amazing Grace, Give Me Joy and Morning has Broken. Lovely to see all your wedding plans coming together. The invitations are classy and elegant and your bouquet sounds so pretty.

    I’m afraid the case with the Ombudsman is not over. One of the things I asked is that the council be informed my care package is to be cancelled. There is also equipment I had on loan which needs to be collected. I’ve just had confirmation this was passed onto the council 6 weeks ago! In view of all that has has happened I think it best if there is no direct contact as that will lead to further aggravation. I suspect although my care package has been suspended, the council will try and charge me for the loan equipment. If so there is nothing I can do as the Ombudsman have given them permission to do what they like with no consequences!

    The limited help that I had was not adequate and you can imagine how things are without it! I had to go out for the day last Monday, which aggravated my symptoms to such an extent I’ve not been able to do anything since then. My body can not recover from any exertion and this has been much worse again over the last few months.

    Jilly, so pleased that both Annie and her husband’s scans were all clear and you can all breathe a sigh of relief. How lovely to see the eclipse from over the sea x

    Jo, so sorry about Bertie. I did like your innovative way of viewing the eclipse x

    Take care Ali,

    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  121. Alpa April 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    My brain is like a sieve :) I wanted to ask who/where you get your hair done as it always looks fab.

    Jo, thanks for your kind offer if I make it to the West Midlands x

    Love, Alpa xxx

  122. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jeanette, Thanks for this suggestion – I will Google this one and have a listen – my eyes and ears have certainly been opened with so many fabulous choices – thank you for yours! Love Ali xx

  123. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet Agadir was lovely, although in truth it was far warmer here today than it was in Morocco! I remember singing Lord of All Hopefulness in St. Mary’s Church, East Molesey before I did the reading there when I was about 10 years old! So glad you liked the invitations – we have a ‘wall of hearts’ in our kitchen where we’ve gathered quite a collection now – so we thought these would be perfect. The table favours and place names are much the same theme too, and the flowers are stunning – it all seems to be coming together well :) I hope to ‘see’ you soon, but thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  124. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Vanessa, and thank you for your suggestion. I’m wondering if the title of this hymn is Travelling? Maybe it’s the one that John suggested? Beautiful words,and as you say, totally appropriate, but I’m not sure of the tune? Hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine today, love Ali xx

  125. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Christine, I need to remind myself of the Hymn Oh Perfect Love, although I think it was one of the those chosen for a wedding Colin and I went to last year – very pretty. Thank you very much, love Ali xx

  126. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Christine (Cairns) Morning Has Broken is definitely proving to be another popular choice and I also remember when Cat Stevens had it as a hit some years after your wedding too! Very many thanks for this, love Ali xx

  127. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Carol, you’re right I was very spoiled for my birthday and completely forgot to mention that the fabulous carrot cake cupcakes were made by Jo, and were delicious! How Great Thou Art is one of those lovely hymns that I think brings back memories to most of us.. I’m glad they are good memories of your mum. You’re right not long at all until the baby and then only two months before the wedding!!! It’s all coming around really quickly :) Hope all is well in your world and that you’ve been enjoying the sunshine, love Ali xx

  128. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jilly, and thanks for your catch up – yes I did train/walk most days on the beach, and it became a case of necessity for the last four days of our holiday as I really heavy sea fog rolled in, and stayed stubbornly over the hotel! If we wanted to see the sun we had to walk the mile and a half to the marina and spend the day there – which wasn’t exactly a hardship as you’ll see in the photos on my next blog! I do hope you will have had a lovely Easter weekend – bet the flowers in your church were spectacular – they were in ours! Love to you, Ali xx

  129. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Oh, and Jilly, Lord of the Dance is a great tune! I used to be able to play it on the flute! A x

  130. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Anne-Marie, I think your mum has great taste, and being an Elvis fan myself, will never forget hearing the original recording of ‘How Great Thou Art’ sung by him at Studio 2 for RCA…. it made both Colin and I cry and was almost as if he was in the room with us.. quite extraordinary.. It’s a lovely and original suggestion and thank you for it, love Ali xx

  131. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Judith, looking at the date you sent your message to me, you must be pretty much ready for your Mexican holiday now?! Vanessa at work has been back 3 weeks now, and is still as brown as I now am!! The weather was fab, so I am sure you will have a great time. Thank you for your suggestions – I am compiling a list, and will let you know which ones we choose. With love, Ali xx

  132. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Judith I very much hope that your back will have sorted itself before the holiday so that the journey there doesn’t take too much out of you. Let me know how you get on, love Ali xx

  133. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kim, it’s my absolute pleasure to keep in touch with you, and I am really pleased that you have enjoyed reading the blog, and have now taken the time out to get in touch with me. I am going to seek out ‘Bind Us Together’ tonight after I’ve finished writing, as it sounds interesting. Hopefully you were able to join me over the Easter weekend, but if not, I’ll be back with Diamonique on Thursday at 9pm and then a Renee launch into Friday for Fashion Day!! Exciting! love Ali xx

  134. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Gwen, happy and yes, I feel very lucky that Colin and I found each other and that everything has worked out so well. I was so sorry to hear about your friend… Jo has been there for me, every step of the way, including sleeping on the floor in my hospital room the night of my first mastectomy.. She’s never cried in front of me or been anything other than strong… I don’t know if I could be as brave if she were poorly… I will keep everything crossed that treatment will prove successful and your dear friend will recover, God Willing as you say. Take care, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  135. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you Gina – 25 years of marriage is marvellous – here’s to the next 25 :) Your wedding sounds beautiful, and I think your choice of hymns was lovely. Ave Marie again is one of the songs that has been suggested for Colin and I, and I do remember it being sung by a solo artist at my brother’s wedding. Not a dry eye in the house :) Love to you, and thanks for your suggestions, Ali xx

  136. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    My dear Pat, reading between the lines, I am guessing you are struggling at present, and very much hope that things will improve for you and your husband. Thank you for deciding to write a comment on this page – so many folk read this blog, and many will be in the same situation as yourself, so do stay with us, as there’s a fabulous network of support out there for you – as it has been for me all these years :) Stay strong, Love Ali xx

  137. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina, we did indeed visit Port Merion, last summer with my sister and Linda, and had a fabulous time. An incredible place, and some marvellous memories made, plus photos taken. You’re right I think the Welsh tourist board would thank us both for our recommendations! Thank you for sharing the memory of your wedding day – I too remember my dad, holding my hand and patting me… “you look beautiful lovey”… still gets me even all these years on….. I am in complete agreement as is Colin, that there is nothing worse than a congregation mumbling their way through the hymns which is why I have commandeered your help with this, and you have all been brilliant :) Re the flowers on the day itself – Julie from Peony is providing all the table decorations for the reception, but the church flowers and my bouquet plus buttonholes will all be fresh flowers… as you say it’s the fragrance that makes it so special I think :) So glad Dennis is fine, and health check was clear, and thank you for keeping in touch – always lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  138. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Wow! 1967 – you’re not far from your 50th wedding anniversary – what a fabulous celebration that will be! Thank you for your suggestion of Love Divine – beautiful :) Love Ali xx

  139. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Sheila, that previous comment was for you, but I forgot to put your name at the beginning! Apologies, A xx

  140. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Well Sue, these two sound very original.. Come to the Wedding.. I will have to check that one out too, as I’m intrigued to hear the words. Many thanks indeed, love Ali xx

  141. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Colette, I actually know Widor’s Toccata – and I did listen on YouTube – as my late Dad loved all things classical and orchestral, and probably introduced me to it. It is so uplifting and makes you smile just listening to it, so may well be a great choice for walking out of church to – thank you so much, and my love to the Jones Boys and you too :) Ali xx

  142. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Martin, good to hear from you, and glad to know all is well for you. You’re right not long until the wedding now, and even sooner for Lucy’s baby! All very exciting. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  143. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Sue, I am really chuffed that you’ve made this your first blog comment, but I hope it won’t be your last. Congratulations on your first grandchild, and what a lovely name – Isaac! Lucy’s best friend gave birth last week to a little boy whom they’ve called Toby – that’s also such a great name. Thank you for your suggestion of Morning has Broken, and yes I am excited about the wedding – so much to look forward to :) Take care, love Ali xx

  144. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Kelly I am going to You Tube this song now as you are one of many who have suggested it….. Lovely!! Same tune as I vow to Thee my Country, and very rousing. Thank you!! So glad you liked the invites and the flowers. Such an incredibly kind thing of Julie to do for us, and I too have quite a collection of Peony in my home too! I hope you had a good Easter and were able to enjoy the sunshine over the last few days, love Ali xx

  145. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, I too hope you had a great Easter and spent it with the family. I have to be honest and admit that I spent both good Friday and most of Easter Monday working in the garden before my shifts, but Colin and I did share an Easter egg :) Having worked out that I can move off my current screen to listen to recommended songs I have just done so and heard One More Step! Very pretty, and I think may well be The Travelling Song that several have suggested. Not sure too many would know it though, but it could certainly become a favourite :) You sound to be incredibly busy, and incredibly good at your job! The Estate Agent you work for must be thrilled with so much business over the weekend! Very glad that things are settled and happy in yours and Annie’s lives, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  146. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy, Well I’m definitely across the whole listening and writing thing now, and have just enjoyed Make Me A Channel of your Peace, sung by Susan Boyle…. sent shivers up my spine… a beautiful song with such lovely lyrics…Only problem is I think it would make me cry! I’ll definitely get Colin to listen to it too though, and thank you for the suggestion, love Ali xx

    • Dorothy Young April 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Alison I’m pleased you have been able to listen to Make me a Channel of your Peace it really is a lovely hymn, I hope Colin likes it. I am sure your whole wedding day will be very emotional for you for so many reasons and it will be difficult for you not to shed a tear or two but they will be tears of joy as it is the start of a new chapter in your life. xx

  147. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Linda – another first time blogger! Delighted that you have decided to make a comment, and also very pleased that you have been reading the blogs for a while now, and also watching QVC too. Your kind words are much appreciated, and yes we did have a great holiday – very relaxing and fun. Thanks also for your warm wishes for our wedding day, which is getting ever closer! I hope all is well with you, and that you had a Happy Easter. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  148. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Norah, although my goddaughter is at Uni in Bath and I have visited her there, I have never visited The Abbey. How very kind of you to make a note of the songs sung there, and am liking all of your choices! It’s not going to be easy deciding on the two to go with, but we’ll have fun deciding :) Many thanks for taking the time to write to me, love Ali xx

  149. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, thanks so much for your lovely long missive. When you wrote it we were infact back in Blighty, sleeping in our clothes as the house was so cold!!! Hard to believe after basking in the sunshine today :) I have just demolished two boiled eggs – rather late for tea I know, but large lunch of cottage pie made by Colin – and am now drooling over the thought of your Toad in the Hole with baked beans and fried onions!!! Sounds an absolute feast! Don’t think I’d be able to manage any pudding although chocolate trifle sounds intriguing as does boozy trifle :) As it’s now Tuesday evening, and knowing how fast you work, you have probably already covered your racing green tiles in the kitchen with a lighter and fresh colour paint, and are hopefully delighted with the results. So sorry your birthday was a bit of a washout, although I am sure your husband Jon will make it up to you next year for the big 5 0. Nice of your friends to sing to you – embarrassing yes, but always easy after a glass of wine or two :) Thanks for your wedding hymn suggestions – both lovely. Am liking the sound of your wedding bouquet, although mine is more of a posy, so nothing as large as lilies in it. I hope you will be able to take a little time to maybe read a book or just relax in front of the TV for a little this Easter break? You’ll hit the ground running when you get back, and will need your energy and positivity. Good luck with Weight Watchers – I hope you have a nice crowd to work on it with. Love to you, and hope to hear from you soon, love Ali xx

  150. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue, not sure if you were able to stay up late enough to see me with the Kitchen Aid at midnight, but it was a fun launch, and sold really well. 35 years of marriage this July! Congratulations! Yes, I think Fight the Good Fight, may be a tad inappropriate although would be bound to raise a smile :) I’m glad you like the invitations – I have themed the table decorations along these lines too, so hopefully it will look pretty on the day. The desserts were very morish, and will be my downfall on the day too, that’s if I have any room after the lamb! Love to you, Ali xx

  151. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, so pleased that you felt you wanted to comment for the first time, and I hope you will keep in touch from now on. Always lovely to hear from someone new, and I am delighted that you enjoy the blogs and the shows too. Colin and I had a lovely holiday thank you, but am back in the fast lane with work again, so making the most of a day off tomorrow to see Lucy. I hope you had the sunshine today, Love Ali xx

  152. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maureen – Just had a listen – such a pretty song, and as you say, really gathers energy towards the end! Many thanks for your suggestion, love Ali xx

  153. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jan, thank you for reminding me of Glad that I Live Am I – I think it was one of the newer hymns I was taught in the early 70’s! Lovely catchy tune and beautiful words… and I am truly glad :) I hope you had a happy Easter, love Ali xx

  154. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Margaret you’ve got me wracking my brains to try and remember the film Random Harvest – I’ll have to Google it! Love Divine once again, one of the most popular choices, and pretty much at the top of our list – thank you! Julian Ballantine is involved in quite a number of different projects these days but is doing really well. A lovely man – always more concerned with other folk than himself, a true gent :) I hope you have had a good Easter, love Ali xx

  155. Alison Keenan April 7, 2015 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jan, I am liking the idea of Bridge Over Troubled Water while signing the register! Either that or the John Rutter suggestions… will have to talk it over with Colin who is out playing football tonight! Six month check up at the end of this month, so fingers crossed :) All seems well, as I hope it is with you, love Ali xx

  156. Alison April 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad your on the mend again
    Congratulations for your forthcoming wedding
    Some hymns relate more to weddings and some are better if there is a choir or a lot of people in the congregation
    Lord of all hopefulness is lovely
    O perfect love, beautiful words

  157. Lorraine April 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Our daughter got married in January 2013, that lovely snowy weekend and she had the “white wedding” she had always wanted . She had Jerusalem, and being a Carrie Underwood fan she had How Great Thou Art and finished off with Sing Hosanna. Enjoy the rest of you wedding planning. Much Love Lorraine

  158. Diane April 11, 2015 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    I am sure you are very excited for your special day in June. I would like to suggest “Love Divine”. It is a beautiful hymn and there is nothing more divine that love and being loved. Also, everyone knows it so you should have all your guests singing heartily, so no excuse for not singing!!!

    Best wishes to you both and hope your day is filled with very special memories to cherish for the future.

  159. Margaret McVea April 14, 2015 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali thank you for replying Random Harvest is a film with Ronald Colman and Greer Garson bit of a weepie but a great film.Take care love Margaret x

  160. Linda Tippelt April 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations! What about “One More Step along the World I Go” – your children may have learnt this in school, mine did! Also Christ, Be our Light.

  161. Catherine Croucher April 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    How about entering to Ride of the Valkyrie? Always wanted to do that myself but, despite being married twice, both in register offices. For the Beauty of the Earth is a very simple melody and lovely words or you could use By Cool Siloam’s Shady Rill to the tune of Belmont (sometimes used as an alternative for 23rd psalm). Whatever you finally choose will be lovely and special to your occasion. Have fun.

  162. Tricia coulsonwood April 15, 2015 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I love Catherine’s suggestion for your wedding.
    The ride of the Valkyrie .. Fantastic..but it’s not a hymn alas.
    What about post signing the register!.
    Keith & I had Elgar Salut d amour whilst signing the register and chanson de Martin as our entrance music.. Beautiful..
    I know I have already made a hymn suggestion but I loved the one Catherine suggested!. Lots of love, baby nearly ready for our world. Dont forget to breathe Alison Tricia. X

  163. Jenny craggs April 15, 2015 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I am so happy for you and I am sure it will be a beautiful and emotional wedding. A lovely hymn which I had at my wedding is immortal invisible god only wise and there is also come down o love divine. Take care. Jennyxx

  164. Robina April 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Love your wedding invitations and the table decorations. Lily of the Valley w
    is my favorite flower and so nice for weddings. Love Divine is an old fashioned hymn I had it as it was my Mothers favorite. Hope you have a wonderful day xx

  165. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Lorraine, thank you for your suggestions and I’m sure your daughter looked absolutely gorgeous on the day. Completely understood the Carrie Underwood thing, having seen her perform live at the CMA’s – she had the audience in the palm of her hand :) Hope you enjoyed Easter, love Ali xx

  166. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Linda, Loving Give me Joy in my heart, although Colin thinks that a transport company have picked it for their National Advertising campaign! So glad you enjoy the shows and thank you for your support. Take care, and I will let you know which hymns I choose nearer the date! Love Ali xx

  167. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Maureen, just listened and you’re right, very moving and emotive. Thank you, love Ali x

  168. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Diane, Your suggestion is right at the top of our list, and thank you for it! It certainly is one I think all our guests should know and those who don’t will just have to hum! :) I hope you had a good Easter, love Ali xx

  169. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, I’m going to definitely google this one – loved Greer Garson! Love Ali xx

  170. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Linda, you’re right that is a beautiful song.. I have made a note, and colin and I will have to have our music night in to choose! Thanks so much, love Ali xx

  171. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Ooh Catherine, you’ve definitely given me something to think about! I really appreciate you having taken the time to write to me with these suggestions, and will give it the thought it definitely deserves before we both come up with our choices. Hope you had a lovely Easter, with love Ali xx

  172. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Tricia I am loving the sound of both of these and will have to listen to them – as I’ve mentioned I think a musical night in making a choice is definitely on the cards – sooner rather than later as we have to sort out the Order of Service! Lucy’s baby shower was today, and went really well – trying to keep breathing!!! :) Love Ali xx

  173. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Oooh Jenny you’ve chosen a good one there! And I think you’re one of the only folk to suggest it! Both Colin and I remember Immortal Invisible and agree it is a lovely hymn. I’m sure the congregation did you proud with this on your wedding day :) Many thanks for the idea. With love, Ali xx

  174. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Robina lovely to hear from you, and great to see your name – I’ve only known of one other Robina and she was at the same school as me – YEARS ago! :) Thank you for your kind words re the decorations and wedding flowers – and of course also for your suggestion of a hymn. Love Divine is right up there with a couple of others as favourites, and I will let you know once we’ve decided. :) Hope you enjoyed Easter, love Ali xx

  175. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa I have read and re read your comment, and am so sorry to see that nothing has changed for the positive for you.. I had been ever hopeful that the Ombudsman would have found a different line of support, but it seems not to be the case. Worse still is that you are struggling physically – I pray that somebody somewhere will be able to help, and that perhaps with the onset of warmer weather and hopefully kinder days, you will improve. Bless you for your hymn choices and I’m glad you liked the invites and flower design. My hair is coloured and cut by Kathy and Patrick respectively at Richard Ward in London – I’ve been going to them for years now. Sending you a hug and my love, Ali xx

  176. Dawn May 7, 2015 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    ine of your Hymns has to be Morning Has Broken, it’s very dear to me & for you & Colin its start of a new time together as a married couple xxxx

  177. Diana Crosser May 10, 2015 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    So lovely to see, how well you are looking Allison, and to have you back again, So much to look forward to, wonderful. “Praise My Soul” is perfect for your entrance and walking up the Aisle. I just love John Rutter’s music, try listening to his recordings. For the more solemn moment in the service, perhaps after you have exchanged rings? A beatifull Choral piece by John Rutter, is called “The Lord bless you and keep you”. It is just a moment of calm before the joyful celebrations. Have a wonderful day. Bless you both.

  178. heather May 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi, i’m getting married in June on Fathers Day, to make it extra special as our Dads are no longer with us. We wanted a ‘happy’ celebration so we have chose ‘Give me joy in my heart’ and ‘Lord of the Dance’ and as an extra special memory to my Dad a hymn called ‘Fathers Eyes’ by a lady called Amy Grant. Its just beautiful, well worth looking on You Tube for. Hope you have a beautiful day x x

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