Confetti

It was quite simply, a perfect day…

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Well, after an incredible three weeks away on our happy honeymoon, we are back and have had the best of times!! But I’ve missed you! : ) Thank you SO much for all your beautiful wedding cards and gifts, most of which we’ve only just opened on our return, and also for the truly touching messages you have written on the previous blog. We so wanted you to be a part of our special day, and were delighted that you enjoyed the video so much.

With Colin's boys, my boys, Chris and Jenny

With Colin’s boys, my boys, Chris and Jenny

That’s thanks to lovely Mark Cain from QVC (you may remember he was with us for the Moonwalk too) and he spent the entire day with us filming, taking photos and recording personal messages from friends and family which we will treasure. So glad you liked the wedding website too, and I will be adding the official photos to that in the next week, plus favourites from family and friends.

I know Colin and I said how fabulous the day had been in our message, but truly we could not have asked for anything more. Following my last day at the Q on Tuesday, Ros and Chris arrived on Wednesday for the church rehearsal, and we had lovely meal out in Bray, and then Thursday was filled with preparations… Colette came all the way from Bournemouth to paint my nails and make my feet look pretty too, and she’d also very kindly – with the help of her daughter Georgia – made up and filled 120 table favour boxes which were incredibly tricky to put together!

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My boys Sam and Jack called in and stayed for supper, and Ros and Chris delivered their magnificent cake to the venue (pictured below), and it was absolutely beautiful don’t you think? Ros had taken me to a Wedding Cake exhibition in September 2013 and got the idea for the lace effect there, but she modelled it entirely on my wedding dress and I was literally moved to tears when I saw it. We had a fab fruit cake on the bottom layer, lemon in the middle, and chocolate on the top! All completely delicious, and we still have some left (although I do owe the Reverend a rather large slab as he couldn’t make the reception)!

Our incredible wedding cake

Our incredible wedding cake designed to match my dress

In fact we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ros and Chris as their unstinting kindness and caring throughout the preparations was monumental. From driving all the way to London to help me find a wedding dress, attending the fittings and collection, saving and drying rose petals and then making them into confetti (inside cones made from sheets of music!) sorting out the suits with Colin, suggesting readings, driving to Swindon and helping Lucy to arrange the Hen Tea Party, and all manner of things for the day itself! I don’t actually have a photo of myself with Ros and Chris here but the photographer did take one, and I will make sure you see it on the next blog! We couldn’t have done it without them : )

Confetti

Friday dawned a tad cloudy, but the sun broke through around 10.30am and shone ALL day! Make-up artist June who works behind the scenes with many of our make-up brands like Mally and Laura Geller, had offered to do my hair and make up as a wedding gift, which was so kind of her! She arrived at the crack of dawn, was great fun, and worked tirelessly to make everything perfect for me. She also coiffured Colin’s girls Vicky, Lily and Rae (pictured below), who looked just stunning on the day. My sister Jenny popped in on her way to the church and had an updo too, so everyone looked and felt fabulous. The flowers arrived and my bouquet as you know was exactly as I had wanted – smelt gorgeous too!

With Colin's girls

With Colin’s girls

Colin’s friends’ Martin and Jean own a London black cab, and very kindly spruced her up for the day, and then drove me to the church. I needed the extra space in the back for my skirts!! My friend Jo arrived just 15 minutes before I was due to leave for the church so that she could help me into my dress, and having slipped my feet into my Jimmy Choos I was ready… The woman who smiled back at me in the mirror, was someone I hadn’t seen for years, and didn’t think I’d see again… but this day was all about moving forwards, and as Chris walked me up the aisle and I saw everyone I love in the Church, Colin turned to look at me, and his smile said it all.

With Lucy, Honey and mum

With Lucy, Honey and mum

My sister Jenny read Shakespeare’s “How Do I Love Thee’ and Ros read from the Book of Solomon. The Reverend spoke beautifully, including the entire congregation in the service, and everyone sang your hymn choices with gusto. Having signed the register we turned to face everyone in the church, and a sea of smiling faces looked back… Colin held my hand, and as we walked down the aisle I felt this huge wave of happiness and gratitude… Also a sense of peace, as if the tide had finally turned, and we were now on course for a far easier future together.

In the church

Having posed for a number of photographs, and hugged and kissed what felt like hundreds of folk, everyone headed off to the venue. Colin and I were the last to leave, and once we were in the cab he asked me if I fancied a short drive? I thought it would be rather nice just to have a few moments alone, but hadn’t bargained on him then telling Martin the driver to head into Maidenhead as Colin had forgotten to draw out the money for the band!!! I had to laugh though, sitting in the back of a black cab in my beautiful dress, while he sprinted to the Nationwide, with people peering in and giving me pitying stares as though I had been jilted and was making my getaway! : )

Our wedding car

Our wedding car

We did eventually get to the venue, where the photographer was understandably a tad agitated, but everyone else was relaxing in the gardens with a glass of champers! The day just got better and better with the dining room looking amazing decorated with Peony arrangements in the centre of every table; the food perfect, the speeches funny and moving, and the chance to catch up with friends and family priceless.

With the girls

With the girls

Our evening guests who were mainly from QVC arrived from 6.30pm, and with the band set up and ready to play, Colin and I cut the cake and then had our first dance which we hadn’t rehearsed at all, and nearly ended in tragedy as my petticoats slipped down almost to the floor! It was hilarious though, and a great upbeat and happy song which set the tone for the band. They played for well over two and half hours and were legend! The dance floor was continuously packed, and EVERYONE loved them. The day drew to a close and with the last guests making their way home, the full moon shone over the gardens, and lit up the gardens and river. It had been a perfect day, and one that Colin and I will remember always – love never felt so good : )

With Honey yesterday

With Honey yesterday

I hope the photographs will fill in the gaps for you, and I promise that in my next blog I will tell you about our monumental adventures on the honeymoon, and WHERE we went, but in the meantime, I will look forward very much to seeing you tonight at 8pm with OPI’s 19th Anniversary shows, then again at 10pm and 11pm. Also, this Thursday night’s Diamonique show at 9pm will feature my wedding necklace and earrings so don’t miss that! I shall also look forward to hearing about how everything is with you, and please do forgive me for once not answering you all individually in the last blog – I was a tad preoccupied!!! : ) I promise to do so this time round!!!

Take care and have a great week,

With my love,
Ali

176 Comments

  1. Sue Holverson July 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you all the love and luck in the world you deserve it photos are Beautiful x

  2. jilly July 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ally, What a privalage to share in your Special day. thank you so much for posing all the lovely pics. You looked radiant and relaxed. Best wishes to you and Colin.
    I have been trying to purchase your beautiful “hope” pendant for my daughter but with no joy. Do you know when it’s coming back into stock ? Looking forward to my daughters wedding in September.. Special days. Take care Ally.x

  3. Marverine Cole July 21, 2015 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Gorgeous gorgeous, darling! Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures with us xxx

  4. Pauline Wilson July 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Once again Ali I read your blog with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes but on this occasion they are happy ones for you and your Husband. Love the video and photos and look forward to the updates just like to wish you good health and happiness for many many years to come.xx

  5. Chris Page July 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali – what a day you had! You all looked lovely, but my favourite pics are the last ones, of Honey and you. She’s going to be a cheeky little monkey – you can see it in her eyes!

    On a personal note, I’ve finally got to see my GP, and he’s taken me off one of my BP pills and substituted it with another. My chest has almost cleared up, and it’s not such an effort to do everything like it has been. I think I’m on the way out of the dark woods finally…

    Love

    Chris xxx

  6. Joanna Downey July 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Mrs Elsworth, Thank you for filling in the gaps with all the new photos and for telling us about your perfect day. My first thought when I saw your photos on your last blog was that you looked beyond beautiful and this one shows how you glowed with happiness. Your dress was ingenious and very, very you. To read that moonlight lit up the gardens and the river at the end of your day added that final touch of magic. It seems a tad personal to say that I’m looking forward to reading about your honeymoon so I’ll balance that by adding that you went to some of my favourite places so I’ll be reading a traveller’s tale! As for me I’m now at the start of the six weeks holiday with a list of tasks to complete before we go away. Today was going to be spent cleaning the conservatory, however, I saw former neighbour and ended up having a very long coffee break/catch up and had been home for 10 minutes when Ellie arrived complete with bridesmaids dresses and a moodboard of hairstyles so I had a much more interesting day and the cleaning can be done tomorrow. Love from Jo x

  7. Sharon Ellis July 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Ali loved looking at your photos and reading your blog , you looked absolutely stunning . I’m so very happy that you were able to celebrate this day after having been as ill as you were. I hope both you and Colin have a very happy and healthy marriage . Much love Sharon x

  8. June Marsh July 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for being so generous and sharing your special day with us. You and your family and friends all looked absolutely gorgeous! I wish you and Colin a long and happy life together xx

  9. Julie July 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely blog as usual and such beautiful photo’s. Every one was a gem. Honey is growing so quickly so make the most of her now. Love the cake I am a chocoholic so one layer would have been all mine!! Glad everything went well for you. I was thinking of you on the day. Looking forward to the news about the honeymoon.
    We have a Wedding next week so hope things will go as well as with yours.
    Take Care as always, speak soon.
    Julie xx The Girls xxxxx

  10. Jackie Cartwright July 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Your smile in your wedding day photos say it all.
    Wonderful day, wonderful husband, family and friends and of course your beautiful Granddaughter made everything complete for a perfect wedding day. Thank you for sharing. I wish you many happy years together. Xxx

  11. Petra May July 21, 2015 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison. It is lovely to see you are back and that you had a fabulous honeymoon. Congratulations on your marriage and I wish you and Colin happiness and the very best of health. I was recently signed off by my oncologist for and year, which was a fab feeling. Have my six month check up with my surgeon next month and then hopefully won’t have to go back until the 12 month anniversary next February. Hope to get back to work this month. Looking forward to your next blog and tales of the honeymoon xx

  12. marie July 21, 2015 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us I feel I was there. It was obviously perfect and you and Colin deserve it.
    I must say I often read your blogs with tears for sad times and happy times. You write so beautifully have you ever thought about writing a book? I would certainly live to read it you have a lovely writing style I feel we are sitting down chatting.
    i wish you and Colin a long, happy and healthy life together. My husband’s name is Colin and he is a great husband as I know your Colin will be.
    much love Marie x

  13. loraine July 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison nice to see you back what beautiful photos wonderful memories for you both shame it has to go so quickly look forward to seeing your honeymoon pictures and hearing all about it .Les and I are having a week in majorca,at the end of August in a nice hotel and a long weekend with the family so looking forward to that glad your back on qvc missed seeing you love Loraine x

  14. Chantel July 21, 2015 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Ali and Colin, the photos are lovely I’m tuning in soon for your first show since you got married

  15. Merche July 21, 2015 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Love the photo’s of you both Alison! You looked radiant!

  16. Jacqueline July 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.you look so beautiful and happiness shines from you all like a beacon. I hope you’ll be ecstatically happy together forever. Congratulations x

  17. Vivienne July 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much Ali for sharing these wonderful pictures. You looked stunning a perfect bride and a perfect day. May I wish you both a very, very happy future together.

  18. Pauline Houghton July 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Looks like you really did have a fantastic day, so glad it went so well for you, you deserve so much love & happiness after all you have been through xx

  19. Teresa July 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali what a great blog. You and Colin look so happy on your big day and you both deserve too above anyone else.
    You looked absolutely beautiful and your dress was fabulous along with the bouquet.
    It is so nice of you to want to share your big day with us all and my Husband and I are looking forward to seeing more pictures in the coming days.
    You look so well after your honeymoon and I’m sure you both had a fabulous time with sun sea and unique sites when you were in Italy and the odd glass here and there.
    May you both be very very happy in the coming years and all your dreams come true from now on.
    Lots of love to you both xxx

  20. debi July 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    lovely photos looked like the perfect day, you looked stunning, but im sorry to say as I scrolled down and saw your grand-daughter Honey she then stole the show, shes beautifull.

  21. Janet Berry July 21, 2015 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison just been looking at your wedding photos. You looked beautiful congratulations and wishing you a long and happy life . Also lovely to hear you say about the new baby that you daughter is expecting. everything is happening at once. All my best wishes for the future Janet xx

  22. Elaine Ramsay July 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Your photographs are fab. You looked wonderful. So good to have you back on qvc, miss your aquamarine shows. X

  23. brenda mcdonald July 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    what a lovely bride you made you deserve to be happy all good wishes to you both on your new journey together

  24. Hazel Sismore July 22, 2015 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Thank you Alison for sharing your lovely day with us all. Your photographs were absolutely stunning. I have shared your journey with you over the last few years and, like you, are one of the fortunate ones. I wish for both you and Colin a wonderfully happy married life. So good to have you back on the box, we have all missed you. With love and all good wishes, Hazel Xxx

  25. mandy jennings July 22, 2015 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    i wish you both all the happiness in the world we have missed you on tv so glad you are back take care love and best wishes mandyxxxx

  26. theresa July 22, 2015 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Thank you for letting us share in your special day and I hope Colin and yourself have many happy years ahead. Loved reading about your day and all the pictures memories for you both to look back on, look forward to your next instalment take care x

  27. Margaret Upton July 22, 2015 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    What a stylish, elegant beautiful dress, like something out of a dream.
    Thank you so much for sharing the lovely photos of your special day, it really is a turning point in your life, I hope you will always be as happy.
    Love
    Maggie
    xxxxx

  28. Teresa July 22, 2015 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    You looked beautiful on your wedding day. May the rest of your life be filled with love and happiness xx

  29. Elaine sallis July 22, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us. You looked so radiant and happy. I did laugh at the detour you took to the reception. You gotta love these men and their organisational skills! We are going away in a few days visiting Berlin, Prague, Budapest and Venice. At the moment we are having a bathroom fitted and while we are away a new kitchen. Living in a building site but will be lovely when it’s done (so my husband assures me!).

    Lots of love Elaine xx

  30. Barbara Andrews July 22, 2015 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Just had a good sob and sniffle through the latest blog and photos! The one of you in your wedding dress holding Honey did for me completely. A day of many (well deserved) blessings and some humour too. Very best wishes to you both. I look forward to the honeymoon saga.
    Lots of love, Barb A

  31. Sue Walker July 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    One word Stunning, I have never left a message before but followed you through all your sad and happy times. I was desperately searching for the photos to see you and it was just you all off it. I am so very happy for you. Just read your blog and it brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy your lovely life with Colin and Honey Bea she just made everything perfect for you, you deserve so much happiness. With Love Sue. XXXX

  32. christine bayliss July 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Alison for sharing your wonderful day, you looked lovely and so happy.I wish you and Colin a long and happy life together. It will be lovely to see you back on qvc your my favorite presenter love &best wishes. Christine.

  33. Lesley J Boath July 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali I cried my way thru that blog, especially the photo of you and Colin about to make your wedded way back up the aisle. Your day sounded perfect.. You very much deserved it to be.
    Wishing you health, wealth and happiness with much love and luck thrown in for good measure.
    L xXx

  34. Janet Jones July 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Welcome home Mr & Mrs Elsworth, what a beautiful blog . You looked radiant Ali and you both look so happy. As you say you are moving forward now and life will be a lot easier .
    I look forward to hearing about your honeymoon especially Italy. Start my new job on Monday so will be full time for a couple of weeks so need to get myself organised!!!
    Have just got back from a holiday in Madeira very humid but lovely. Went on a whale and dolphin watching boat for 3 hours and saw both, something i’ve always wanted to see and do so felt very privileged seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
    Well must get some more holiday washing on the line, lovely to see you back on our screens speak soon love Janet xx

  35. Mandy Rigley July 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Alison you looked absolutely stunning, so very happy for your both… Many Congratulations….Love Mandy xxxxxxxx

  36. susan harding July 22, 2015 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    great,can not say more as it has all been said. ,appart from wish you all the love and happiness in the world.xx

  37. Susan finney July 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    So so pleased and happy for you all. Hope you have a very long and very happy marriage? Like others on here I read this with tears in my eyes lots of love x

  38. sally July 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, all I can say is beautiful, reading your recent wedding blog I felt quite emotional for you. I just want to wish you both all the very best for the future, thanks for sharing your day with us my favourite picture is of you in the church and I loved your jimmy choo shoes, very me! xx

  39. Chris Fish July 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Alison for sharing your special day, I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as if I was there – you looked absolutely stunning and radiant- a perfect day in every way especially the pics of you with the lovely Honey Bea! Health and much happiness to you both, you so deserve it. Welcome back xxx

  40. Sue Jennings July 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali…Firstly Welcome Home !! What a fabulous blog with more photos of your amazing Wedding Day ! I know I am repeating myself from my comments on your previous blog but I don’t care …you looked absolutely beautiful in every way from top to toe…and although I wasn’t there in person I feel like I was in a funny kind of way because of the way you and Colin have allowed us to be part of your Special Day !! I am so pleased that every minute detail you both put into making it so special just came together. I must have told everyone I know how beautiful your dress was and your Jimmy Choos of course . How clever of you to design your wedding cake to match your dress too. Can’t wait to hear about the honeymoon and see the photos ..as for you being back in my living room again I was crying laughing at your comment last night on the Diamonique show (it was all about the legs) it was sooooooo funny …take the greatest of care Ali …sending love and the best of good wishes to you and the very handsome Colin xx ps it was mine and Brian’s 30th Wedding Anniversary on 20th July ..I got him a medal off E Bay haha xx

    Sue Jennings
    Warrington

  41. Geraldine Crowley July 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Alison and Colin you looked as happy and lovely as i expected. Thank you for showing us your beautiful photos and here’s to leading a happy and healthy life together you deserve it your such a inspiration to us all take care xx

  42. Linda July 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, you looked stunning in your fifties style dress , so happy and radiant , wishing you and Colin a long and happy life , can’t wait to see you back on q v c much love linda x

  43. Diane Ridd July 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for sharing your special day, hope your future together is long and shared with much love, joy and happiness xx

  44. Tinkerbelle July 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    I love how you had Philip Scofield officiating at your wedding!!!!!! You looked amazing. I wish you and the new hubbie all the happiness and health in your new marriage.

  45. Gwen July 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello dear Ali Elsworth,
    So lovely to have you back and to see your wonderful photos, how sweet of you to share so much , you looked just perfect and so happy which is exactly what you deserve. I wish you and Colin the best that life can bring and the brightest of futures together.

    I am sure that little Honey Bea will be a source of great fun and laughter, and you will be a very glamerous grandmother, so here’s to the good times and lots and lots of good luck.

    Thank you again,

    All best wishes,

    Gwen.

  46. Linda July 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Ali, What a fab blog. Your wedding and you was so beautiful not that I expected anything .different from you. I cannot wait to see the rest of the photo’s.

    I think Colin made a great choice with Italy for your Honeymoon it is such a beautiful country. We went several years ago on a tour my favourite place was Rome. Looking forward to see you back on the Qv. Wishing you and Colin, Health and all the luck and Love in the world, you deserve, it both of you.
    Lots of Love Linda. xx

  47. Christine July 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,, all I can say is you both look so much in love , I am so look happy for you , you looked stunning, and Colin looked rather dashing as well, here’s to many happy and wonderful years , love to you both xxxxx

  48. Marilyn Cameron July 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali

    Absolutely gorgeous always remember the happiness that your wedding day brought to family friends and the viewer’s that you kindy shared your with. God bless
    Marilyn xx

  49. Tracey July 22, 2015 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    You looked
    absolutely amazing
    Ali.
    May you have many many years of love & happiness together.
    God bless you. Xxx

  50. Sarah Robertson July 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Loved your pics and update. Wishing you both a long and happy life together.

  51. Jilly July 22, 2015 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Oh I have tears of happiness reading all about your special day and seeing the lovely perfect pictures – thank you so much for sharing this most wonderful time with us all Ali. Just wonderful and we cannot wait to hear about the wonderful three weeks away. All the photos look stunning and the cake a creation but best of all is to see the happiness for you and Colin and how right the tide has now turned and it is onwards and upwards with the very best to come. Enjoy and looking forward to “seeing you” and hearing more Love and all the very best for the fabulous future you will now have – Jilly and Annie XXXX

  52. Jilly July 22, 2015 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    P. S it is just like a fairy tale with a perfect ending Love Jilly and Annie XXX

  53. Gillian July 22, 2015 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    I am so pleased your Special day was Extra Special. It was wonderful reading your blog and hearing about the highlights And the photos are lovely!

    I wish you and Colin all the happiness in the World.

    Love,
    Gill xxx

  54. Jean Reynolds July 23, 2015 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Oh what an array of stunning pictures. Everyone looked so genuinely happy to be sharing this day with you. What an absolutely handsome couple you make and the girls from Q all looked lovely. Honey is adorable and your love for her just shines from your face. I pray you have a wonderfully happy and healthy life together . Lots of love , Jean Reynolds

  55. Gail Sparkes July 23, 2015 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Beautiful photos of your special day you looked absolutely gorgeous Alison wishing you both a long & happy life together forever! p.s from one grandma to another being a grandma is also just the best feeling in the world! xx

  56. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Dear Sue, thank you for reading and responding to the blog – and for your good wishes, love Ali xx

  57. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, so glad you liked the photos and thank you for your enquiry re the I Hope pendant. I bought some for The Haven in Fulham – a breast cancer support centre – I believe they still have a few for sale if you look at their website. I was though, delighted to know that QVC will be bringing the pendant back in October for our 16th BCC Fundraising evening. I am sure you must be very excited about your daughter’s wedding – not long to wait now! Love Ali xx

  58. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Marverine bless you! And it was my absolute pleasure :) Just so sorry you weren’t able to come to the wedding as you were holding the fort here at the Q. Love Ali xx

  59. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pauline your good wishes are very much appreciated, and I am so glad that you enjoyed the video and photographs. We have just taken delivery of the official photographs so will be putting those up on our wedding website shortly. Love Ali xx

  60. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris, so relieved to hear that you are on the mend now, and hope very much that you will continue to get stronger. I know exactly what you mean about Honey Bea – she has such a sweet little face :) Thank you for taking the time to write and for your good wishes, love Ali xx

  61. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, how lovely to hear from you and thank you so much for your beautiful card – we still have all our cards filling the sitting and dining room, and I will be very sad in truth to take them down. So glad you thought the dress was perfect – it was the only one I tried on, and I have to thank Ros for finding the designer for me. I am so excited for you and Ellie – how long to go now?? You will have such a precious day – make sure you take lots of photos as it will all pass so quickly. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  62. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sharon, and thank you for your kind words… the future is definitely brighter than it was a few years back and for that I will be eternally grateful. So glad you enjoyed the photographs. Love Ali xx

  63. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear June, you are so very welcome! It is always a pleasure to write to and keep in contact with you, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the video too. Love Ali xx

  64. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Julie, I have to say the chocolate cake was superb as were the other layers, but my favourite was definitely the fruit cake – such a monumental task to have made and then transported it all this way, but it did look stunning :) I do hope the wedding you’re going to be attending goes well, and that the sun shines too! Love Ali xx

  65. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, you’re absolutely right, our family and friends made the day for us, and we have some fabulous photos of them all to bring back the memories. Having little Honey Bea there completed the picture, and she gets more beautiful by the day :) Love Alixx

  66. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Petra so good to hear from you and to know that you are moving forwards so well. It must be a great feeling to leave all that behind you, and to know that after your meeting with the surgeon next month you should be clear for the year ahead. I am still haven 6 month check ups, and to honest I will very much miss my oncologist when I no longer see her, although that won’t be for a few years yet! Glad you enjoyed the blog… just piecing together the tour and photos for the next one! Love Ali xxx

  67. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Marie, what a lovely thing to say – I was delighted to share the memories of our day with you, and the response has been wonderful. To answer your question about a book, yes I have thought about, and infact have already written 10,000 words, but I struggle sometimes with going back over things, although everyone has been very kind and said that to read about what happened has really helpful to others who may be going through it. I have to take my hat off to Debs, Julia and Jackie for working so hard and completing their literary works… I will try I promise :) Sending my love to you and your Colin, Ali xx

  68. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello Loraine, how lovely for you and Les to have holiday to look forward to, and your weekend with the family. That was my surprise at the end of the honeymoon – but I’ll tell you about that in the next blog! It’s been lovely putting this blog with the photos together, and brought back some lovely memories of the day that went far too quickly as you said! Take care, Love Ali xx

  69. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chantel do hope you saw the shows on Tuesday – it was lovely to be back and I genuinely enjoyed my hours and working with the guests again. Love my OPI too, as well as the Diamonique, and Phil always makes me laugh :) Have a great weekend, love Ali x

  70. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Merche – that’s a very unusual name, but pretty. So glad you enjoyed the blog and photos and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  71. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Vivienne bless you, and I wish the same to you and your family. With love, Ali xx

  72. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Pauline it genuinely was a fantastic day, and both Colin and I will never forget it. Everything went according to plan, and there is nothing I would have wanted to change about it. It definitely felt like a turning point in my life, and I couldn’t be happier, love Ali xx

  73. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Teresa, I’m glad you mentioned the bouquet as you’ve reminded me that I must send a photograph of me with it to the florist! It was stunning, and exactly what I’d wanted, and smelt beautiful too! So glad that you and your husband are enjoying the photos and there will be plenty more uploaded on our website in the days to come. Our honeymoon was wonderful too, and I hope to have that blog written and posted by the beginning of next week. Love Ali xx

  74. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Debi I completely understand your comment about Honey Bea! I am certain there will be many occasions in the future where she will steal the show! It was so lovely having her at the wedding though, and we have some fabulous photographs. It’s actually my niece who is expecting a baby, so my mum will now have two great grandchildren! :) What a great year it will have been. Love Ali xx

  75. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I think I’ve just answered your question in Debi’s response! Apologies! But just to reiterate, it’s my niece who is expecting a baby in November. It certainly is a marvellous year for our family :) Love Ali xx

  76. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Elaine, lovely to hear from you, and yes I too miss the aquamarine shows! My sister’s necklace was aquamarine and pearls as you may have spotted in the photos of her and I. Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  77. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Brenda, I certainly feel very happy, and life is good. I wish the same for you too, love Ali xx

  78. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Hazel, lovely to hear from you and to know that you like I, are doing well since your treatment. I pray it will stay that way for you. I have many more photos which I will be uploading onto our wedding website so I hope you will enjoy those too. Love Ali x

  79. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Theresa, I am hoping to have the new blog and photos ready to be posted at the beginning of next week – its been great fun going through all of them with Colin – we had the best of times :) Enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  80. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, bless you, I couldn’t have been happier with the dress to be honest. It looked exactly as I wanted it to – just wish I’d pinned the petticoats a little tighter so they didn’t descend during the first dance!!! :) Love Ali xx

  81. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Teresa many thanks from Colin and I for your good wishes, and we hope the same for you too. Love Ali xx

  82. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elaine, you have my complete sympathy having lived with building works on many occasions! It WILL definitely be worth it in the end though, and I’m just glad you’re away while they fit the kitchen – very difficult to work around the builders I always found! I very much hope you enjoy your holiday – I’ve never been to any of the countries you’re visiting, so that’s another one for the list! :) Take care, Love Ali xx

  83. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Aaaw Barbara bless you, I have to say a shed a few tears while I was writing it too! So lovely to have little Honey with us on the day too, and we have a priceless photo of the four generations with mum too! I plan to keep the wedding dress so who knows, maybe Honey will be wearing it herself one day. Love Ali xx

  84. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sue, I am really touched that you decided to write for the first time, having read the blog. It’s lovely that your read the blogs, and have been with me for such a long time now. Yes, I definitely feel as though things are changing, and for the best most definitely. I hope that life is good for you too, and thanks again for writing to me, love Ali xx

  85. Alison Keenan July 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Christine do hope you were able to catch a few of the shows on Tuesday? I’m back with you and Diamonique at 9pm when I will be featuring the beautiful necklace and earrings I designed and wore on my wedding day. Thank you for your good wishes, Love Ali xx

  86. Denise July 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Mrs.Elsworth! Thank you for sharing with us on the blog your special day and it truly does sound special. Where can I start – you looked beautiful,radiant. I adore that dress it suits you down to the ground, flowers and the cake too are gorgeous. It must have been a great relief that the day went so well and it all came together after all the planning. Love the photos and also the one with Honey Bee who is so cute. Your honeymoon destination was just fab too and you looked so well when I saw you on screen on Tuesday.
    All in all it seems you have many lovely memories of a day to remember and rightly so.
    Love to you both
    Denise xx

  87. Sue Huskisson July 23, 2015 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us. You looked absolutely gorgeous and your complete happiness shone through! You described it as ” perfect” and it certainly looked that way. They are such joyous occasions aren’t they? And with both your families and your beautiful baby granddaughter all coming together it must have been really special! It was lovely to see the QVC presenters all looking very glam ( even Dale and Charlie), and great to see Debbie Greenwood again too. Miss seeing Debbie on QVC . I, like many others, have followed your sad and happy times and can honestly say you really deserve to have nothing but happiness from now on. I wish you and Colin all the happiness in the world for the next chapter of your lives together. Looking forward to your next blog to hear about the honeymoon!! Love Sue xx

  88. Val Horsefield July 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Your wedding dress was beautiful, Alison; I’m so glad you had such a happy day! You were the first QVC presenter I ever spoke to “live” and you were so friendly you stopped me being shy with any of the other presenters! I hope you and Colin have a long and happy marriage together – lots of love to you.

  89. Amanda Austin July 24, 2015 at 5:31 am -  Reply

    Dearest Alison, I wish you and Colin all the very best for your future together. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your blogs and pictures that have brought everything to life. You have had such a busy year so far but also the best year with the arrival of your beautiful grandaughter and then your fabulous wedding, gaining an even bigger family with Colin’s boys. Your wedding day was something special, you looked absolutely radiant and beautiful, (as you always do, such a stunning lady), your dress was so gorgeous. I bought your beautiful wedding earrings and necklace this evening-I couldn’t help myself. Thank you for sharing them with us, I am looking forward to receiving them and will always remember you when I wear them. Would you be able to request a bracelet to match please Alison? Congratulations again. Looking forward to hearing and seeing your pics from your wonderful honeymoon – with love and best wishes, Amanda

  90. Tina Harrison July 24, 2015 at 8:41 am -  Reply

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful lady on her beautiful day. Congratulations Alison and well done Colin !! So so happy for you both

  91. Pearl Emery July 24, 2015 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    You looked absolutely stunning on your special day ,and Colin scrubbed up quite well to.
    Wishing you both every happiness for the future love Pearl xx

  92. Elizabeth Keenan July 24, 2015 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Mrs Elsworth. You looked stunning what a lovely day you both had.
    Thanks for all the wonderful wedding pictures on your special day, had a few tears looking at them. Have a wonderful life Ali and health and happiness always.
    Much love
    Elizabeth Keenan.

  93. sylvia caddy July 24, 2015 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    Photos are beautiful glad you had a lovely day , hope you have a very happy life together, your granddaughter Honey is beautiful love to you all xxx

  94. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Lesley, and thank you so much for your lovely message. We have just watched the video of the day, and it had US both in tears! But happy ones :) Do hope you have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  95. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet, lovely to hear from you, and to know that you have not only found a new job, but will be starting on Monday!! I wish you all the luck in the world, and hope you will be very happy there. Madeira is a country I have never visited, but would love to – how incredible to see the whales and dolphins – as you say an mighty privilege. I hope you have sunshine and not this pouring rain so that your washing dries!! Luckily I got all mine done at the beginning of the week when it was so warm :) Take care, and let me know how you get on this Monday, love Ali xx

  96. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Mandy thank you so much for your lovely comment and I’m so pleased you liked to photos and the blog. I have taken delivery of the official photographs now, and so we hope to upload them onto the wedding website in the next week or so. Love Ali xx

  97. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Susan, I wish the same and more for you. Thank you for your kindness, love Ali xx

  98. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sally, the shoes were the last thing I bought, and I have to admit to being in a little bit of a panic over them, but they were perfect, although I will have to get them professionally cleaned if I ever want to wear them again!! :) We have yet to upload the film of the service itself, but I like you particularly like that photo – so did the Reverend! Enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  99. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Chris, to have Honey with us on the day was such a treat, and as she grows up it will be lovely to go through the photographs with her, and for her to know she was part of it all. Seems a lifetime ago now, but we have many more beautiful pictures to look through. Thank you for taking the time to comment, love Ali xx

  100. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog, and also the build up to the wedding – I loved sharing it with you, and your help in choosing the hymns and music was priceless :) I can’ take credit for the cake, as that was entirely down to Ros and Chris. I had no idea how it was decorated until the day itself, but I was thrilled – it was beautiful and tasted fab too! I made myself laugh on Tuesday too – Rachel’s legs are just the longest I’ve ever seen! :) Belated happy anniversary to you and Brian, and I hope you celebrated it in style. With love, Ali xx

  101. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Geraldine, you are very welcome, and I am glad that you enjoyed seeing the photographs. I have to say there wasn’t a single thing I would have changed about the day, and I owe a huge thank you to June the make up artist who transformed me so brilliantly on the day! Love Ali xx

  102. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda, 50’s style is Colin’s favourite dress design, and I was thrilled it looked so good in the photos! Nearly lost my petticoats in the first dance though, but it made me feel exactly as I wanted to – my thanks to Candy Anthony the designer. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  103. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Diane I have loved sharing the preparations and build up for the wedding with you all, and am so glad you enjoyed the photos and video. Your good wishes are much appreciated, love Ali xx

  104. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Tinkerbelle you had Colin and I laughing out loud with your comment about Philip Scofield – I have to say there is a definite similarity – must be the hair colour! :) Thank you for your good wishes, Love Ali x

  105. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Gwen, I love your message – here’s to the good times indeed. We are so very lucky to have each other, the children, our families and all our fab friends. I wish the very same to you and yours, love Ali xx

  106. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, I’m hoping to have more photos on the Wedding website by next week, and then some from the honeymoon on the next blog.. Italy was only PART of the surprise… Colin spoiled me completely! Such a wonderful time away. Wishing you all the luck and love too, Ali xx

  107. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine, I completely agree – I thought Colin looked gorgeous! :) All the boys did, although to be fair we’d had a bit of a nightmare trying to get the same suits in all the different sizes! All worked out well on the day though, which was all that mattered. Thank you for your good wishes, and kind words, love Ali x

  108. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Marilyn bless you for saying that… it was our pleasure to share our day with you – you have always been an incredible support to me, and got me through some of the most difficult days these last few years. Take care, love Ali xx

  109. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Tracey, seems like I chose the right dress! :) My thanks to Ros for finding the designer for me, and attending the fittings. It was exactly what I wanted, and Colin loved it too. Enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  110. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Sarah so glad you enjoyed the blog and the photographs. More to follow over the next few weeks. My best wishes to you too, love Ali xx

  111. Sophia July 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    I have only just discovered your blog. You are an amazing presenter and I can remember you from This Morning. When I heard of your illness and then subsequently your blog I was really saddened. Reading it now it’s obvious that the charming, girlish, funny presence you convey on screen is genuine… but what adversity you have overcome! You looked beautiful on your wedding day and my family love watching you giggling away on screen. Wishing you the best of health and all good things xxxx

  112. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jilly, thank you so much for your lovely handmade wedding card – it is standing out amongst all the others we were lucky enough to receive. It was as you say a fairytale day, and rather than this being the happy ending, it is definitely the beginning of the good times. I have loved sharing the buildup with you, and truly appreciated your help in choosing the hymns and music.. as I have just written previously, you have been the most wonderful support to me over the years, and without that, we may never have had this day… Bless you, and Annie, and every happiness to you too, love Ali x

  113. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gill, it’s been great to read through all these kind and caring comments, and we are very happy to have been able to share our memories of the day with you. Take care, love Ali xx

  114. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean, I thought you’d all appreciate the photos of the girls, as much as I did having them there for our special day. So many more familiar faces that I didn’t get the chance to have photos with, but who made it just perfect :) Can you believe that little Honey is now over 10 weeks old, and smiling so sweetly. I think she recognises me now, and I am going to have my first official babysitting appointment with her next week! Exciting! :) Have a lovely – albeit soggy – weekend, love Ali xx

  115. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, you are so right – being a grandma, is unlike anything else. I so enjoy spending time with Lucy and Honey, and it has been amazing to see how much she has changed over the last few months. Lucy is a marvellous mummy, and that shows as Honey is very content and happy. Thank you for your good wishes, and I’m glad you enjoyed the wedding photos, love Ali xx

  116. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Denise, I think it was you I spoke to last night on the Diamonique show! I am glad you enjoyed reading about our wedding day, and you’re right, it was wonderful that everything went according to plan – even the weather! So many lovely memories of that and the honeymoon, and more photos to come! Love Ali xx

  117. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, It’s been wonderful to look back over the photographs, especially the official ones, and to see everyone together. Particularly in the evening when we had as many friends from QVC as possible and they were all thrilled to spend time together too! Four generations of family too, and a terrific photo of my mum with ALL her grandchildren, and also her first great grandchild.. happy days. Thank you for your kind words and comments – new blog with you soon, love Ali xx

  118. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Val, I am so glad that I helped you to conquer your nerves when you called in to one of the shows.. and am pleased that you’ve since gone on to contribute and talk to many of my colleagues ‘live’ on air! So glad you liked my wedding dress too :) Love Ali x

  119. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Amanda what a lovely message from you, and I am thrilled that you have bought not only the earrings but the necklace too! I was so pleased with the way the designers worked with me, and the finished pieces were perfect. I wish you the very best of health to wear them. I will definitely speak to the buyers about a bracelet too! You’re right it has been an incredible year with the arrival of Honey Bea, the wedding and another baby due for my niece Emily in November! Happy days. With love Ali x

  120. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Tina, your good wishes are gratefully received. With love from Colin and I – we wish the same to you and yours, love Ali xx

  121. Alison Keenan July 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pearl! Long time no hearing from :) Do hope all is well with you? Thank you for your good wishes, and yes you’re right – Colin does scrub up well! :) Love Ali xx

  122. Jill July 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    How lovely to see all your wonderful phots but what a lovely surprise to see Debbie with the Q girls, she’s much missed so please try to persuade her to come back. Be happy Ali.

  123. Judith lennon July 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Welcome home Ali!
    Wow the responses to your blog just goes to show what people feel. I loved the pictures and especially the ones of you and you mum and Honey. You looked amazing and the love between you and Colin was there for everyone to see. Look forward to seeing the honeymoon pictures. I’m plodding on getting used to my new lifestyle and trying very hard to behave myself and not over do things. Easier said than done!! Thank you for sharing your day with us all. I’m sure we were all there with you in thought. Take care. Lots of love and hugs until next time. Judith xx

  124. stella clarke July 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Alison.not only did you look stunning but you looked so young..Hope you and your new husband have many happy years together..Stella x

  125. Jillian July 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations, you looked absolutely radiant. I can relate to your comment about looking in the mirror, you write so eloquently. Jillian

  126. jilly July 24, 2015 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ally, thank you for responding so quickly to my request for the i Hope pendant. I’m new to this “blogging” , I dont tweet, and as i’m not on facebook so it’s a great way to keep up to date on all your news. I have watched you and others on QVC and certain presenters come accross better than others. You are such a genuine, strong woman full of integrity. I’m sure that as others have said you should continue to write about your many challenges.
    I too went through a difficult time some years ago, and I can honestly say it was a very theraputic task to commit what i went through to my laptop. It has never been accepted as a published piece. Having said all that it has helped me tremendously on my own healing journey. To record, remember, and move forward.
    I will look forward to the shows in October and purchasing the pendant.
    Best wshes and love
    JillyX

  127. Carol S July 24, 2015 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi ya Alison and welcome back. Saw you on qvc,gosh that’s some tan you have got. Loved the blog, photo’s and video. You both looked so happy. Wishing you a long and happy marriage. Love Carol xx

  128. Sue Radford July 25, 2015 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Have your feet touched the ground yet lol! What a wonderful time you’ve had – your lovely photographs of your special day says it all! Thanks for sharing your day with us. It was such a very kind and thoughtful thing to do for us bloggers.

    I hope you received my little gift, and apologies again for not being able to send you a Wedding Day Card.

    I bet you couldn’t believe how much little Honey had altered having not seen her for three weeks. The picture of you with her on your wedding day is so gorgeous!

    Love Sue Radford x

  129. Janet skelhorn July 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Alison, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us. Looking at the pictures put a big smile on my face and made me feel very happy! Congratulations!

  130. Mandy Mitchell July 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali (Mrs Elsworth or Ali-Eeeeee as my hubby now calls you!)
    Congratulations & lovely to have you back!Your photos are beautiful & I especially enjoyed seeing tge ones with your family, your sister has the same lovely smile as you! How elegant & radiant did you look, blimey Ali you could have just stepped out of a film with Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn(used to watch & admire those ladies & their fashions watching tge old black & white films whrn I was a child) Loved loved loved the versatility of your exquisite dress, a lovely idea. Your wedding cake looked fantastic & sounded delicious too.Glad your day was fabulous but was very moved when you said you saw the Ali you hadn’t seen in years.I can relate to that as I had a kidney transplant in 1991 & married December 2000 & felt exactly the same!Medication & treatment makes you better but can be cruel sometimes so glad you were happy & content as it cerrainly shone tbrough on your photos!Your pregnancy joke was hilarious on the OPI show but not as funny as telling Rachael the ring looked lovely on her legs on Diamonique! You are a scream & showed us how relaxed & happy you are.See you soon & enjoy yourself
    Love& hugs
    Mandy xxx

  131. HAZEL KENNEWAY July 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you and Colin every happiness in the future. Loved reading your wedding blog. xx

  132. martin forbes July 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    glad the wediing went well with colin hope your boys and your daughter are well iam n ot bad and hope your granddaughter is getting on well ho wold is she now 4weesk maybe.

  133. Jilly July 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to have you back Ali – the shows were super but more so it was just super seeing you looking so bright and lovely first in the white top and then your silver top for the Christmas show. Looking at your pictures again and they are just perfect. I bet Honey changed in the three weeks you were away – she is just yummy and Lucy must be so proud of her. I also love the London taxi parked ready to take you to your wedding – it looks a little gem. It was super reading about you and Colin in your wedding piccies part and how you both met. How great is that.
    Annie has the revised date for her final op and that is in a few weeks time so she will be on the Arnica for the week before hand and hope that it is not cancelled. Her husband had the results of his latest scans and all is good. He goes back in six months rather than the three. Take care and speak soon Love Jilly and Annie XX

  134. Amelia Sutherland July 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely photos you looked beautiful loved your gorgeous dress you looked like you had a perfect day.Good luck for a happy future together.

  135. Mary Morphy July 27, 2015 at 8:44 am -  Reply

    WOW Alison…what a stunning. beautiful bride and groom you both make and thank you so much for sharing the day with all of us; the photo’s are exquisite and all your guests looked magnificent!
    I sincerely hope you get this blog. I have fired up ‘the old girl’ laptop as I have already written this blog on my tablet but it refused to send and this machine is a bit un reliable; the curser moves when typing to the wrong place so this actually could be a load of rubbish words!!
    I remember every moment of my wedding day and reading about yours brings back memories of a magical day. Oh and the cake was truly amazing; I can fully appreciate the planning, time and effort taken to create it. It was truly beautiful!
    You look thoroughly refreshed after your honeymoon and I look forward to reading about that next time…..
    So, its been very stressful here, and on my first official day of the school holidays the weather is truly wet and windy, as it has been all weekend, but I have a new job!! You may recall that our school is being forced to close and we are ‘merging’ with another secondary school. For the students this is really the only option as if we closed completely we would all be made redundant and the students would be shipped out to the other secondary schools in the area; not ideal as many of the local schools do not want our kids. However, whilst being the best solution for the students and teachers who all keep their jobs it has been a torrid time for support staff like myself. Due to a change in contract we are all a situation where our salaries are being cut by two grades and our hours reduced or they are unwilling to accommodate hours over fewer days. Despite having worked at the school for over 15 years my experience and expertise has been overlooked, as has all the work of my colleagues, and we are being employed at level 1 TA’s, a job I started doing 15 years ago!!! So I decided that I was going to find a job worthy of my talents and started job hunting. I have had several interviews, all with positive feedback but one job had already been filled internally, very annoying, and the other job at the local college was way out of my league but hey, I had a go!! I had to do a 10 minute presentation on ‘What constitutes an effective learning support system’!! This was a massive personal challenge but after a week of sleepless nights I DID IT!! I didn’t get the job but they wanted me to interview for a different post that was perfect for me so I submitted yet another application and waited for an interview date. In the meantime, I had an interview at Laleham school; a school for high functioning ASD children. I loved it, the kids and staff were fabulous and I just had a good feeling inside. I got the job and am, delighted; I hand my notice in on 24th August (my 19th Wedding Anniversary) and will start on 21st Sept. I will therefore only be in the merged school for two weeks. I did get an interview from the college but I decided to turn it down as I know I have made the right choice at Laleham. Saying goodbye on the last day was extremely emotional but I am looking forward to a new challenge. However I am returning to a 35 hour week and working Fridays so I will be as busy as ever.
    So to celebrate I am on a girls night out this evening celebrating new beginnings with many jugs of PIMMS!!!
    So its 8.45am, first official day of holidays and I am off to a rather soggy beach to walk my mums dog!! have a great week. Much love Mary xx

  136. Angela July 28, 2015 at 8:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, You looked absolutley stunning!!!! the groom should be very proud, having said that he also looked the part, so glad the weather was kind to you both.

    wishing you both a long and happy life together.
    love
    Angela xxxx

  137. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elizabeth, well we used to share the same surname, but now as you say, it’s Elsworth! You are so very welcome to have shared our day with us in this way, and I am very glad that you enjoyed the photos and blog, do keep in touch! Love to you Ali xx

  138. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sylvia, thank you so much for writing to me and for your good wishes. So glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos. I have spent the day with Honey is upstairs fast asleep while her mummy and daddy have an evening out. Happy days :) Love Ali xx

  139. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill, so glad you liked the photos and it was great to have Debbie with us on the day. We are constantly in touch, and she is doing very well with her own projects, but you could always follow her on Twitter :) Love Ali xx

  140. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Judith, It was good to hear from you and to know that you are trying hard to stick to your new and more relaxed lifestyle, but appreciate it’s not easy!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos – we have just received 600 more from the official photographer! Some lovely ones of Mum and Honey in there too! You take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  141. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Stella – all smoke and mirrors!!! :) Actually in truth it was all down to June who did such a magnificent job of my make up and hair, oh, and that I was REALLY happy on the day :) Looking forward very much to Colin’s and my future together. With love, Ali xx

  142. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Jillian reading between the lines, I hope that life is now easier for you and that you are in full health. I’m glad you enjoyed the photo and the blog, love Ali xx

  143. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Jilly thank you for your considered reply. I’m very glad to help whenever I can, and thank you for your advice with regards the writing. I agree that to commit it to ‘electronic’ paper is a good thing… maybe just for me, if not for anyone else. I hope that the dark times are now behind you, and that the future is bright, and I shall look forward to knowing you’re there in October for our fundraiser. Love Ali xx

  144. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Hey Carol, glad you saw a few of the shows! I have to say that Gatineau’s Tan accelerator has helped maintain my tan, but I am going to need the likes of Elemis and Decleor’s faux tans soon with this wretched weather!! :) Thank you for your good wishes, and I wish the same to you too, love Ali xx

  145. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, I did indeed receive your gift and I hope you have received my thank you! So sorry to hear about your husband, but I very much hope he is on the mend now. Having just spent today with little Honey Bea she is growing so quickly!! She is also incredibly strong and seems desperate to stand up whenever you have her on your lap :) Lucy had a mug made for me with the photo of Honey and I at the wedding and it says “Love you Nanny’ – bless! Love to you, Ali xx

  146. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I am so glad the photos and blog made you smile – the photos do that for me every time I see them :) Thank you for your kind words and congratulations, love Ali xx

  147. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mandy thank you for such a lovely comment and for reminding me of my very happy and funny first day back at work – Rachel reminds me of my faux pas each time I see her – I must see if I can get a clip of it :) I am so glad to know that inspite of all that you have been through, you are married, happy and well – as you say, the healing process can take a lot out of you, but I see it as being behind me now, as you do :) That is a huge compliment to say I looked like Grace Kelly – bless him, Colin said the same!! I wish you continued health and look forward to your company on future shows. With love Ali xx

  148. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Hazel, thank you for taking the time out to write to me, and I am glad that you enjoyed the blog. I hope you enjoy the honeymoon photos when I post them! Been rather busy with work and Honey though, but hope to have it with you by the end of the week! Love Ali xx

  149. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Martin, and I’m glad you’re feeling well. Colin, the boys and Lucy are all doing well thank you. I spent today with little Honey Bea who is now 12 weeks old!! She is so alert and beautiful, and a joy to spend time with, love Ali xx

  150. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly marvellous news about Annie’s operation and also her husband’s scans! I will keep everything crossed that this time the date won’t be changed and that the arnica will work well for her – it usually does! :) Thank you for your sweet words and it was good to be back at work. Struggling to keep the tan, but I’m reliably informed the weather should improve next week, so fingers crossed! Honey has changed incredibly in the last three weeks, and is so much more alert and smiley. I had a wonderful day with her and Lucy today. Keep in touch, and love to you and Annie, Ali xx

  151. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Amelia – yes I was really chuffed with the dress – it was exactly what I had wanted, and made the day for me. Thank you for your good wishes – mine to you, love Ali xx

  152. Alison Keenan July 28, 2015 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, lovely to hear from you, although I am very sorry to hear that you and your colleagues have been through such a torrid time with the school you work at closing and merging… That said, I am thrilled that you now have a new job which sounds as though it will be just as rewarding if not more so, than the last one. You will start it on my late Dad’s birthday, so I think that is a good sign :) I am sure you will be a boon to the school, and look forward to hearing how it all goes. In the meantime, do try and have a little time for yourself this holiday, and I very much hope your Pimms night went well – although you may not remember much about it!!! :) Sending you love and sunshine to wet and windy Westgate, Ali xxx

  153. Debz July 29, 2015 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    H Ali

    Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding photos. You and Colin looked so happy, like you’d been waiting for that moment all your life. Have to admit that, like other ladies on here, I did shed a tear or two. You have been through so much, fought so hard and endured so much that to see you looking so happy and radiant was so wonderful to see. I do hope that it’s a turning point in your life and you and Colin can start to enjoy life together.

    Am so glad that you saw that woman in the mirror staring back at you. Finally your butterfly moment! You have always looked fab to us but I know that to yourself you haven’t always looked “normal” so I can’t tell you how happy I am to have read those words.

    Good to see you back on our screens again and still looking so happy.

    Ainzley is still going strong despite his heart wall thickening to record breaking levels for a cat and also now having lesions on his liver. We may not have him for too much longer but he’s not going without a fight I can tell you!!

    Take care Ali and love to all in Ali’s Army especially the ones we haven’t heard from in a while.

    Lots of love and licks

    Debz & Record Breaking Ainzley! (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  154. ANGIE PERRY July 30, 2015 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I watched a your show a few nights ago and thought you looked so fab after your wedding that I would have a look at your blog. Wow the photos are great thanks for sharing them and details of your super day. I read it all and sat and cried, tears of happiness for you. I don’t normally look at the blogs or post a message, but wanted to see yours, and send you a message, your such a lovely down to earth lady. So glad you had such a good wedding day and honeymoon and hope that your good health continues for many many more happy years to come. I have no idea how you find the time to answer all of your many blogs along with everything else you do! Your a popular lady.
    Very best wishes to you and your new husband Colin.
    Bless you

    Angie x

  155. Kim July 30, 2015 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Thankyou so much for your fantastic blog and the photos; it was wonderful to share your special day with you in that way. You looked so, so beautiful and so happy and you deserve so much happiness in your life it was a joy to see. I was also thrilled to see you in a sleeveless dress during Christmas In July – a sure sign that you are now brimming with confidence again, after the rough times. I actually shed a tear of happiness for you! Wishing you all the love and happiness in the world, Mrs Elsworth, love and huge hugs from Kim x

  156. Rosemary July 31, 2015 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Ali you looked so beautiful, and radiant on your wedding day. What a lovely dress!
    Thanks for sharing your wedding pictures with us so unselfish of you. God bless your union for always. ❤ xxx

  157. Tina S August 1, 2015 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You look truly ecstatically happy and over the moon in your wedding photograph’s. Reading your account of the day was so moving, it brought tears to my eyes. It sounded so perfect in every way and what you deserved after your battle over the past number of years. After we got married we went to our local night club with some of our close friends. We were so hungry on the way home we stopped to get a Chinese takeaway. Very romantic!! We were going to go and spend a week in a cottage the friends of my father owned but couldn’t go as we got snowed in. Later in the week I went up to my father’s house to collect the remainder of our wedding cake only to find that the top tier,which we wanted to keep, had been cut into by my step-mother! She had cut into it to give to her colleagues at work. Needless to say I was not best pleased. We can laugh about it now but back then it just put the tin hat on it adding to the stress of everything. I often think I wish we could do it all again so that we can enjoy it and not get so stressed like we did.
    Well I just want to say once again that I hope you will be very happy- you deserve it.
    All the best Tina S. (S. Wales) x

  158. loraine August 1, 2015 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison just wanted to tell you our daughter Clare and her husband came last night went out for a meal they then told us the happy news she is pregnant we are so pleased happy times as you know with your lovely grandaughter love loraine and les x

  159. Alison Keenan August 9, 2015 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sophia, i was very moved by your words and so touched that you have been watching me over the years. It’s not been the easiest journey, but it do feel very blessed to have been supported by my family and friends who have carried me through the worst of it. I thank you too for your positivity. I also wish you and yours all th very best with love Ali xx

  160. Alison Keenan August 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Jill – thank you for your messages – i will do my best! Love Ali xx

  161. Alison Keenan August 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Judith thank you so much for your comments, even though you are struggling with lit generally. Try to count to 10 and hope that you keep in touch with what makes sense of it for you. With Love, Ali xx

  162. Alison Keenan August 9, 2015 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Jill I’l do my best although she’s pretty busy at the moment! Thankyou for your comment xx

  163. Alison Keenan August 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Judith, your words are truly appreciated – thank you for them. I wish the same for you xx Love Ali xx

  164. Alison Keenan August 9, 2015 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Stella – it’s all smoke and mirrors!! but thank you – life is pretty good right now, so long may it continue xxxx with love Ali

  165. Alison Keenan August 9, 2015 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Jililan, I thank you …. your words touched me ..Love Ali xx

  166. Alison Keenan August 10, 2015 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    Debz how lovely to hear from you and to catch up with all your news. I am sorry though to hear about Ainzley’s ongoing problems – although that said he seems to me to be very strong! Your words are very kind and certainly struck a chord with me – I loved the expression “your butterfly moment”.IT has been a long haul, but I feel as thought the worst is behind me now, and have had so much love and support on this blog, that it’s been made a great deal easier than it would otherwise have been. I too send love to Ali’s Army – Magda, Una, Alpa and all those others who are currently struggling… And a big hug for record breaking Ainzley!! With my love, Ali xx

  167. Alison Keenan August 10, 2015 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Dear Angie, thank you very much for writing to me, especially as you don’t normally read the blog, and I am glad you enjoyed the photos and my memories of the day :) I will admit it takes a fair while to write back to everyone here, but I really enjoy catching up on your lives, and I hope this won’t be the last time you write to me :) Take care, and my love and best wishes to you and yours, love Ali xx

  168. Alison Keenan August 10, 2015 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Kim, that’s very sweet of you, and yes, I do feel far more confident now about the way I look, and have been so pleased that my arm is behaving itself these days, and is a great deal smaller than it used to be which is a huge relief to me. So glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos, and yes, I am feeling very blessed and happy and wish the same for you, love Ali xx

  169. Alison Keenan August 10, 2015 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Dear Rosemary, It was my absolute pleasure to share the photos with you, and I’ve been overwhelmed with the number of lovely responses to them. And yes, I was incredibly pleased with my dress – especially as it was the only one I ever tried on! Hope you had a good weekend, love Ali xx

  170. Alison Keenan August 10, 2015 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Hello there Tina, and thanks for your sweet words. Having read all about your wedding day, and then the subsequent disappointment over where you should have spent your honeymoon, topped off with finding out that your step-mother had taken the top tier of your wedding cake for her colleagues at work made me think that you really should do it all again! Perhaps arrange to have a blessing and re do your vows and this time go somewhere lovely even if for one night? As you say, you can laugh about it now, but it must have been very upsetting at the time. It would be good to have new photos and new memories :) Take care, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  171. Alison Keenan August 10, 2015 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Loraine that is fabulous news!!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with me. When is the baby due? You will so love being a grandparent, it’s the most wonderful feeling. Hope you were able to celebrate at the weekend, love Ali xx

  172. Peter Smith August 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, my wife Grace and myself would like to wish you all the best for a long and happy future and to thank you for sharing the photos of your big day …. you looked amazing with only little Honey drawing more admiring Awwws from Grace … Peter

  173. Susan August 15, 2015 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Can I ask you a rather personal question…..your arm is looking so much smaller these days, have you had some special treatment you can share, as I have the same condition. Best wishes..Susan

  174. Eve Triggle September 7, 2015 at 2:06 am -  Reply

    Ali, you looked absolutely beautiful.Congratulations to you both. Love watching you on QVC.xxxxxxxx

  175. Angela jackson October 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi ally and Colin. What a gorgeous day you had, wishing you love health and happiness every day, you made a stunning bride and colin made a handsome groom. With love and best wishes to you both.xxxxxxxxx

  176. Val January 27, 2016 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison and colin have loved looking at your wedding photos you looked so beautiful alison ,and colin looked handsome, it looked like you had a marvelous day, so pleased for you both, happiness just shone from you, may life hold nothing but happiness for you both, iam an adict alison for diamonique now love your shows xxx

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