Please raise your glasses to the bride and groom!


Hi everyone,

Well, we got there eventually!

(Do you like the royal ‘we’ there? Thus, I am absolved of sole responsibility for the tardiness of this blog!)

Before we get into all the nitty gritty details of the big day and the events leading up to it, I would like to explain: I have been awaiting photos.

I was hoping to have a few of the professional ones in, but we shall have to make do with several taken on a mobile and a few screenshots, otherwise it may well be their silver wedding anniversary that I end up blogging about.

Okay, so all is now calm in both Dawson households as we reflect on what an utterly fabulous day it was.

Smiles and dewy-eyed expressions, abound with a soupçon of gentle laughter, as we cast our minds back to a few of the more challenging moments in the run up to the big day!

So, where do I begin? Well, I could start with:

– The bridal store ‘lost’ the wedding dress with only a few weeks to go

– All the kilts etc (which were meant to arrive a week beforehand) only arrived finished at 8pm the night before the wedding! They were still in Edinburgh, and ended up having to be transported by courier to the hotel!

(Meanwhile Danny and I were having frantic discussions as to who was potentially going to have to drive north of the border. This was whilst simultaneously putting on BAFTA winning performances to all and sundry that all was well in the world of kilts and sporrans!).

– The bride received a phone call – with less than 24 hours to go – and was informed that the wedding car had been in an accident, and was subsequently out of action, and asked if she’d be happy with their 2nd choice of vehicle

But, possibly the cherry on the cake?

On the day itself, upon leaving for the church in full bridal attire, she was greeted by her chauffeur in front of an open car bonnet scratching his head and looking desperately anxious.

The problem? The replacement wedding car had broken down! At this point she didn’t care anymore and just wanted to get to the church!

Seriously! I am not making any of this up! (I am however contemplating sending a script to a TV production company for their consideration!)

So, drama over… what a day!

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The bride, as you will hopefully agree from the photos, was gorgeous! The groom scrubbed up well too I reckon, but then again I am slightly biased! The church service was beautiful and the venue? Oh my word! Stunning!

So briefly, this is the story of Rebecca and Matthew (Matt and Bex to most!) and their journey to the altar. It is a brief journey, but I’d like to begin way before any first dates or even a hint of a proposal of marriage.

Way back when I was expecting Matthew (I promise you, I am going somewhere with this!) and not knowing if I was having a boy or a girl, I remember entering the labour ward and being asked my name choices.

“If it’s a boy, Matthew and if it’s a girl, Rebecca” was my reply. They wrote both these names on a board in front of me, and I was told to focus on them when things started to toughen up. The idea being that at the end of it all, it would be worth it, when Matthew or Rebecca would be put in an appearance, and so we had Matthew! Okay I’m now pregnant with Phil and enter the labour ward, same question, same system and ‘hey presto’ Phillip was born. Finally I’m expecting Jon, and well… you get the picture!!

Fast forward from January 1989 to December 2014 and Matthew announces his new girlfriend, Rebecca!

Sorry folks, I am indeed a bit slow at times and didn’t make the connection until the proposal a year later when we were practicing saying the name Mrs Rebecca Dawson, and I thought: ‘Brilliant! Finally, Rebecca is here!’

Back to the romance. They had a year of ‘courting’ (as they used to say in a time gone by) and on their first anniversary he got down on bended knee in the middle of Kew Gardens, complete with ring, and asked the lovely Rebecca to be his bride. (Some kids were playing ‘Star Wars’ at the time with lightsabers and he was panicking that one of them would skittle the ring, please see previous blog for further clarification if necessary!)

She said yes (obviously) and as they say, the rest is history!

I never really cry at weddings, maybe I just don’t get it, but I’m always on a high on the actual day. Most of my emotion has usually taken place the few days running up to the big day, and so I’m normally not too bad.

At Louise’s wedding, all was fine until the speeches. I was at the top table beside her Dad (due to my sister, her mum, no longer being with us). What a total blubbering wreck I was! This was no shedding of a silent tear (much to the horror of my sons who were all at a table just in front of me)! Well I was prepared this time! And, actually, in all truthfulness, the speeches were the only point where I felt I had to hold it together.

There is something incredible when you hear, not only your son declare his love for his bride but, two of your sons talk about each other in a manner that you are totally unaccustomed to. Yes there was a bit of the usual good natured banter, but also a lot of emotion too (are these really the same boys that used to knock the stuffing out of each other nearly 20 years ago over a Pokemon card?!).

the-wedding-lookFollowing on from my BAFTA-award winning performances with the kilts, I simply must give you the QVC breakdown of my look – just as they do on the red carpet!

I was proudly flying the QVC flag (of course!), wearing a Kim and Co jumpsuit, Lulu Guinness bag, Lola Rose earrings, and an Attitudes by Renee bangle.

I’m afraid (apart from the bangle) I’m not sure if the exact items I wore are still available (organised Mother of the Groom getting her outfit sorted early!), but if you do like the look of anything, each of the brands have some similar designs and fab ranges for you to take a look at.

I love this photo of the ‘three generations’ with my fab Louise and little Sophie.

Speaking of which, Sophie was an absolute star and, apart from the meal, did not sit down for longer than two minutesl! She danced and twirled her way through the entire reception (as you can see!)!

Rebecca was fabulous with her and spent more time dancing with Sophie than even the groom! (That is, Rebecca dancing with groom, not Sophie dancing with the groom!)

Sophie did look a tad nervous walking into the church with her Dad though.


Come to think of it, Rebecca probably did too walking in with her dad (sorry, no photo as yet!).

There was so much thought and attention to detail from beginning to end.

Matthew is the biggest James Bond fan and the tables were themed after all the various films. There was Bond entertainment right the way through the meal, which was hilarious. Even the confetti – nothing to do with James Bond – was made from all the flowers he had given her since they’ve been together that had been dried! Incredible!

I could go on and on, but this would no longer be considered a blog but more of a contender for the epic ‘War and Peace’ (but certainly not in any literary circles!), so I shall end with this:

Two days later, driving into QVC with the wedding firmly behind us and the happy couple in stunning Sicily on their honeymoon, as I reflected on the whole occasion, I can honestly say my heart swelled within me.

I am so happy for them, but so proud of all my family.

I am truly blessed in countless ways and always try never to take anything for granted. Times like these make us all realise what is truly valuable in life!

Apologies if this is somewhat ‘gushy’ for me, but if you can’t shed a tear at a wedding, when can you?!

Rebecca Dawson… welcome to the family!

Love it!

Anne xx


  1. Christine September 29, 2016 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne oh my god it’s like a film, just like the thing. After all that you all look beutiful. Fellow scot there nothing like a men in a kilt. You look a proud mum. The thing it went wrong our wedding the second car broke down ended up having black cab. HA! HA!
    Take Care Christine x

  2. Susan September 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne! Absolutely wonderful blog!!! Fabulously written in your comedic charm as always and stunning photos of you all. You are a gorgeous family and Rebecca Dawson is a doll! So pretty. I’m sure you’re glad all the testing times are over! One of those happenings would test you let alone all of them!! Well done all! You looked gorgeous in your outfit btw. Here’s to Christmas now!x

  3. karen September 29, 2016 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    How lovely:)

  4. Catherine griffin September 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    The bride and the groom are beautiful and you Anne Dawson are absolutely stunning I hardly recognised you xx

  5. ann cain September 30, 2016 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    What a wonderful time you had,you looked beautiful,the bride looked radiant and the little brides maid was a real princess.I have loved reading about the buil up for the wedding and yes Anne it could be made into a film.xx

  6. Lindsay September 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful family you have Anne and you looked simply beautiful. What a wonderful blessing for you all. God is good <3

    Lindsay x x

  7. Christine Jones September 30, 2016 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    So o o o wonderful to share in such a blessing of seeing your son married and to a beautiful bride.. You all look so gorgeous and after all the hurdles you had a memorable day… You must be truly proud and now you have your own Rebecca… You all have a special bond and you Anne will be a blessing and inspiration to her.. You re so lovely you cannot fail.. You all look absolutely stunning.. God bless you all as you start a new family chapter together… Sophie looks a little peach too and its so touching to see you and your niece together.. Your sister would be thrilled to bits!!!

    With love. Christine xxxxx

  8. julie September 30, 2016 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Really lovey wedding – wishing you all along happy future:-)

  9. Muriel Bishop October 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Georgous wedding and mother of the groom.It reminds me of my own sons wedding as being scottish all men wearing kilts .take care xx

  10. Joanna Downey October 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anne, Wonderful story of a wonderful day and everyone looked glorious. You were a very stylish mother of the groom. Congratulations! Love from Jo x

  11. theresa October 3, 2016 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Such a lovely blog about your sons wedding so pleased to hear it all went well in the end and you looked lovely in your outfit x

  12. Rhiannon October 4, 2016 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Lovely pictures of your son and his beautiful brides wedding. You looked stunning . God Bless xx

  13. Gillian Martin October 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne I loved hearing your adventure Wedding always end with a happy ending a few stressful moments don’t spoil the day.You looked stunning as the boys in their kilts nothing beats a Scotman in a kilt me being Scottish.
    Thank you for sharing your Son’s special day ps the flower girl and bride were so beautiful.

  14. Diane October 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    What an amazing day to share! what a beautiful way to welcome your new daughter in law

  15. Elaine Anelay October 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    What a smashing outfit and look you had, Anne – the bride and groom as well. Congratulations on a wonderful day. X

  16. Phyll from Aberdeen October 4, 2016 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Really enjoyed your blog your family looked beautiful and Anne I must say you looked stunning like a model. Thanks for sharing with us.

  17. Claire Sutton October 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Yes you did it!!! What a fabulous blog my Darling- and the fitting completion of a delightful albeit amusingly stressful build up.. It’s a wonder we EVER get on air after our Morning discussions!! You look sensational, as do the handsome groom and beautiful bride , Infact you all look super.. The special thing tho is Love.. Oozing out of you !! Special day special lady :-))) see you soon xxx

  18. Christina Taylor October 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    What a great story! The photos are great. You looking amazing in your outfit. Your makeup looks fabulous too. May I ask what you wore on the day? Your skin looked flawless. Really enjoyed reading this blog. Thanks for sharing xx

  19. Jasmin Schelts October 5, 2016 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    How wonderful, what a truly beautiful day. My daughter married last year and it was both deeply stressful and incredibly joyous, my emotions were all over the place. Thank you for sharing such a happy time with us all.

  20. Lorna macdonald October 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful wedding ! Anne were you and your late sister alike, as your niece is your double? You looked stunning by the way!x

  21. Christine OConnor October 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    The Wedding pictures and blog were so lovely, but Ann you looked gorgeous your hair and makeup were perfect and your outfit was so nice, perfect Mother of the Groom xx

  22. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Christine, my fellow Scot!! Thanks for your lovely comments.
    I actually think a bride getting out of a black cab looks good!!
    Stay in touch xx

  23. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, yes I do believe it’s so important to keep your sense of humour whenever possible…….and trust me…..I needed it. All good in the hood now though!! Xx

  24. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Karen. Stay in touch xx

  25. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Oh Catherine, thank you!! Always good to scrub up for a wedding :) xx

  26. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ann, yes I do think it would’ve made a good comedy……I would’ve had to play myself though!! Lol!! Xx

  27. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lindsay, never a truer word was said……God is indeed good!!
    Lovely to hear from you. Lots of love xx

  28. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine. What beautiful comments!! I’m sure my sister and my mum and dad would’ve all been very proud indeed!! You brought a lump to my throat. Thank you xx

  29. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Julie. Great to hear from you xx

  30. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Muriel, yes men in kilts look great!! Quite amusing though as although my boys are obviously half Scottish….there wasn’t a pure Scot amongst all the 7 kilt wearers…..mostly English and even South African!! Lol!! Xx

  31. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Jo for your kind words. Lots of love xx

  32. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Theresa. All made easier thanks to QVC!! Can’t stand having to traipse round the shops!! This is my kind of shopping ;-) xx

  33. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Rhiannon. Lovely to hear from you!! Xx

  34. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Scottish Gillian!! It was indeed an adventure!! But a lovely one too!! Xx

  35. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Diane! Lovely to hear from you. Stay in touch xx

  36. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Elaine. I can honestly say with my Kim and co jumpsuit I was so comfy all day!!xx

  37. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Phyll!! Very lovely comments. Not sure that I’d quite qualify as a model……but so nice of you to say so!! You’ve made my day!! ;-) xx

  38. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Well my darling “Monday morning show buddy”!! What a beautiful blog response from you!! You’re too kind…..particularly since you had to live through most of it first hand!!
    Can’t wait till its your turn……’ll knock ‘em sideways you gorgeous beauty!!
    Thank you sooooooo much for your lovely words!! Xx

  39. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christina! Thank you for your lovely compliments. Not sure I’m going to be much help here make up wise but it was a mixture of products……bare minerals, Laura Gellar and Tarte!! Xx

  40. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Yes indeed Jasmin!! Weddings can be so emotional. Always good to have an ample supply of tissues!! Rebecca had lovely little “shed a tear” tissues at the church……but I wasn’t taking any chances. When it was my niece Louise’s wedding I was caught on the hop as I said and probably could’ve done with a good sized bed sheet!! Lol xx

  41. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorna! Not sure if you’re a fellow Scot with a good name like
    McDonald? Thank you for your lovely words. You know I never really thought Louise looked much like my sister till recently. Most people didn’t really think so…….but maybe so ….since you reckon there’s such a similarity between my niece and I. She had very dark hair and was really tall…. 5ft 11!!! My dad was tall….and so is my brother. Me? I take after my mum. She was even smaller than me and I’m only 5ft 3!! Lots of love xx

  42. Anne dawson October 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine. Really kind of you to respond to my blog with such lovely comments. Thank you. Do stay in touch! Xx

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