QVC's Pipa Gordon with her Wedding Guests

We did it!

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Despite the fact that I was still running around an hour before the service, with not a scrap of make up on and my hair carelessly thrown up in a clip from when I woke up.

I only had three hours sleep due to the fact I STUPIDLY had a cup of tea at 4pm!! I can’t take caffeine after midday, particularly if there’s a lot in my head. For some odd reason I thought on this occasion that I’d be fine, whoops, not a clever risk to take – the to-do list whizzed around for hours!!

Anyway, following my last blog we got home the rain stopped and we had our rehearsal in the church for the following day.


QVC's Pipa and Brian and black lab on their wedding dayThe plan was to have the vows and majority of the service privately with six of us and the vicar (one bride, one groom, two children and two best people!). Then after doing the vows, we were to walk outside where our friends would be waiting with champagne for the final blessing and pronunciation to take place; all good!

Music check took place, we decided to go with bell ringers but no organist as there would be no hymns (seemed a bit overkill for just six of us to sing Praise My Soul!).

We did however choose Willy Nelson’s “Blue Skies” for me to walk down the aisle to and for us all to leave the church to as well. It’s the most perfect song for us in every way!

QVC's Pipa as the bride with her bridesmaid and best womanAfter the rehearsal, we all headed home for supper together including our bests and their families and the plan was to get the garden ready for the big day. But with the bouncy castle arriving in the morning, we weren’t sure where to put things and were all a bit pooped so enjoyed food and left it for the morning… ha, ha silly us!

So the morning arrived and I was EXHAUSTED!!! (three hours sleep, seriously? what was I thinking drinking caffeine!)

My absolutely heavenly maid of honour came to my rescue and took her children and mine straight after breakfast and ran some last minute errands for me whilst I drank copious amounts of Coca Cola to kick start my rather tired and now emotional body into action!

Bride and Groom BouqetI needed hair clips as I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do my hair, one photo needed printing for a frame I had been putting together and the flowers and balloons needed picking up.

We stayed at home and got the garden ready with straw bales and gazebos dotted around, planted up all the potted sunflowers I’d bought a few days before hand and finished off where all the food would be.

The plan for food was that the guests brought it!

We asked everyone to bring a dish instead of a gift so lots was coming in during the morning as it was way too hot for food to sit in cars. Before I knew it, Claire Sutton arrived with her family to drop off their delicious salmon and we had less than an hour to go before the service Pipa Gordon Bride and her familykicked off!

I had at this stage managed to wash and do my daughter’s hair however not much about me was resembling a bride.

We raced upstairs and my wonderfully wise daughter said to me “Mummy, don’t try too hard with your make up because things always go wrong when you try too hard, just do what you always do and you’ll look beautiful”… how gorgeous was that??

I knew she was right and luckily I took the clip out of my hair and with a quick shake upside down it all seemed to land in the right place. HOW LUCKY WAS THAT??? There was seriously no time to do anything to hair at this stage.

Pipa and Brian's wedding evening doSuffice to say we made it, fashionably late of course – not that it was planned that way! I had hoped that I could make a quiet entrance to the church but no, everyone was already there with their glasses of fizz ready to cheer us on and usher us in.

I know it seems backwards but it was perfect!

After the service, we came outside to be greeted by our cheering friends and family then headed home to our garden where we had a 44ft bouncy assault course for the 22 children and enough food to feed a county!

The sun shone for the entire day, I couldn’t have asked for more, it was everything I had hoped it would be. My favourite people, my beautiful children and the man I’ll be with forever. Pretty good for a Saturday in July don’t you think?

So thank you for all your lovely messages via Facebook and Twitter, cards sent to QVC and of course here on the blog. Keep your eye on QGossip in the next few days as I think they are going to share more pics too.

We are off glamping next week for our familymoon, so take care and see you soon

Much love
Pipa xx

42 Comments

  1. Miss Bernadette Loughlan August 11, 2014 at 2:10 am -  Reply

    Oh your daughter is so right, how they she is. I am thrilled for you and sending my best wishes and love .
    Team work is worth taking time over, get the balance correct. Take time to adjust to not been the only adult for you and for him the rules for children and adults. Giving each other notice when busy stuck in traffic etc.
    Love is great and you deserve every bit of happiness. Make each day count too.
    Big congratulations,
    Love be xoxoxox

  2. Rose Gould August 11, 2014 at 5:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    Well it might have been a mad morning getting ready,but it all came together and you look beautiful and so happy!
    I am so thrilled for you all you look so content.
    Hope you Brian and your 2 fabulous children have a lively happy healthy like together.
    with all my love
    Rose
    xxxx

  3. JACKIE SANDERSON August 11, 2014 at 6:02 am -  Reply

    HI PIPA THIS IS MY FIRST BLOG TO YOU BUT I FELT I HAD TO SEND YOU MY WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS WHAT A LOVELY STORY AND A FAIRY TALE ENDING HOPE YOU’LL HAVE A VERY HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER IN 2017 MY HUBBY AND I WILL BE CELEBRATING OUR GOLDEN WEDDING I DON’T KNOW WERE THOSE YEARS HAVE GONE. LOVE JACKIE X X

  4. Lyn shortma August 11, 2014 at 6:13 am -  Reply

    Congratulation pipa and Brian on your beautiful wedding you-both look lovely on your wedding day and with. Family and friends who love you both so much all the best to you both and your family for the future xxxxxx

  5. Maria Richards August 11, 2014 at 7:49 am -  Reply

    Pippa, I am so very, very happy for you. What a wonderful story of “meant-to-be” this is and has restored my faith in love a little later in life! It is clear from your “presenting” that there is a vivacious, multi-talented and super lovely person behind the professional veneer and I wish you every happiness in the world.

  6. Janet Gwynn August 11, 2014 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    Oh Pippa your blog is lovely , It made me cry( with happiness). I am so glad after all you have gone through that life is on an even footing now. May peace and joy be with you all . Janetx

  7. Jill Wheeler August 11, 2014 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Oh pipa,congratulations! You both look so happy! What a perfect day. I wish you all the very best for your future together. You have found your happy-ever-after. Jill Wheeler.xx

  8. Norah August 11, 2014 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    I am so pleased for you Pipa. Brian looks a really lovely man. Just what you deserve. The change in you recently is a sight to see. You look really happy and contented. Long may it continue and good wishes to you and your family.

  9. loraine plumb August 11, 2014 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    Hello pipa what lovely relaxed photos just shows that doing things simply with people around you that are important to you both is best hope you have a great life together my husband and I have been together 36 years since we were 16 have two lovely grown up children 1 married so not really children eh anyway good luck to you both next year it will be Alison and Colin getting wed won’t it they also make a lovely couple love Loraine x

  10. mary lock August 11, 2014 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Hello Pipa,
    I have been longing to see your wedding photos. You looked really lovely and so happy. I wish you both a long and very happy marriage.
    Lots of love Mary

  11. Heather Blaber August 11, 2014 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Congratulations, Pipa & Brian
    Wishing you both years and years of happiness.
    Have a Happy, Healthy, Funtastic Life!
    Heather
    xxxxxxx

  12. Angela August 11, 2014 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hey, they say what’s meant for you won’t pass you by!
    Finding a soulmate is what it’s all about.
    Wishing you bouquets of tomorrows and every happiness and fulfilment.
    Congratulations Pip and Brian. Perfect!
    Angela x

  13. Vanessa August 11, 2014 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Pippa and Brian. You look so happy (and you look gorgeous Pippa, definately less is more! suits you). what a wonderful story, brought tears to my eyes, extremely happy for you and your family.
    Did you by any chance get married in St. John the Baptist Church in B…….l? It is a beautiful church.
    Wishing you love and happiness for now and ever after xxx
    Vanessa

  14. Kathleen August 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Pippa Congratulations, your wedding day sounded perfect.. a lot of hard work, but everything came together… Best wishes for your family. You are a lovely person. Love Kathleen x x

  15. jilly m August 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa and Brian best wishes and love to you both. Enjoyed reading about your great, day so you! You deserve all the happiness love will bring.

  16. Beth Morton August 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos. What a wonderful day – happiness is written all over you and in your eyes.
    You looked beautiful and what a wonderful daughter you have. Children ARE very wise. All 4 of you look fab. Being an animal lover, it’s great to see dogs in the photos too!
    You take care and I wish you, Brian and your children continued happiness,
    Beth XXXX.

  17. Ellie August 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Pipa,that made me cry, in a good way! Sooo so pleased for you all,and you looked stunning! I remember emails between us when I was having problems in my marriage,you were very wise and supportive. We split up but then found each other again just before we were going to file for divorce. We are celebrating 15 years married this month (including the hiatus!)Second time round rocks! Enjoy every moment with your wonderful family, love from Ellie (with the 3 small mad people!)

  18. cynthia peterson August 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    what a lovely story.i hope both of you will be very happy.love and best wishes, cynd.xxx.

  19. Hazell Strickland August 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa Brian and family I would like to wish you all a wonderful life together love is lovelier the second time around I know its my second time as well xxxx

  20. brndkfiet August 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    PIPPA WELL DONE YOU LOOK SO HAPPY IF ITS GOOD WORTH WAITING FOR GOD BLESS YOU BRIAN BE HAPPY FOR EVER SEE YOU ON THE QVC CHANNEL AFTER YOUR GLAMPING GOOD LUCK BE HAPPY ALL OF YOU
    WELL DONE BRENDA

  21. Cheryl August 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    Just wanted to say a huge congratulations to you and your new husband (he looks gorgeous) and wish you every happiness for your future together and your new lives, you looked amazing as always! You truly are one of my favourite presenters so full of life and always happy and cheerful.
    Lots of love
    Cherylxx

  22. christine August 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa what a lovely day you had so glad every thing went ok.You all look very happy love to you all

  23. susan August 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa! Congratulations again! I adore your photos and you look stunning. Lovely new hubby too. I think Ophelia is so right! I’m watching cid and I have to say overkill!! One of your fellow presenters has gone way Ott! Clever Ophelia! Hope you have a fab familymoon and look forward to your stories. Adore you. Love Susan x

  24. Edwina August 12, 2014 at 1:56 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both Pipa,have a fab family moon & the happiest life can bring,x x

  25. eyeme August 12, 2014 at 10:05 am -  Reply

    Congratulations ; just wandering if you had so Yankee candles [wedding day] burning there.

  26. Sue turley August 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Congrats pippa and Brian you look so happy, that was my kind of wedding

  27. Valerie Phillips August 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Pipa and Brian, what a lovely family you make.
    You all look stunning. God Bless you all and I hope you have many years of happiness together.
    Love Valerie xx

  28. wendy stevens August 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    congratulations pippa and brian you look so happy and in love thanks for posting your photos for us to see hope you had a fab honey and family moon. wendy

  29. Linda Gaunt August 12, 2014 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    So happy for you, what a beautiful family you make, and the dog came too! Lots of love xxxxx

  30. Josephine O Neill August 12, 2014 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    God bless you both, & a long happy life together with your beloved & your wonderful children. Love you Pipa on QVC….please leave your beautiful hair as it is now.

  31. Sue Jones August 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    A beautiful story from a beautiful lady….happiness and good health to you all. Sharing tears of joy…..Sue. xx

  32. susan August 13, 2014 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Many congratulations Pipa and Brian. I’ve not posted any comments before but you look so radiant and blissfully happy. So glad the weather was good for your outdoor celebrations. The 26th July was my 34th wedding anniversary and on the day it rained and rained all day!!! Much love to you all and many many happy years together. Love from Sue.xx

  33. Mrs Mona Morris August 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Pipa and Brian. I hope you’ll be very happy together and have a wonderful future with your two lovely children. Everything happens for a reason – you two were meant to be together.
    My best wishes,
    Mona xxx

  34. carol August 14, 2014 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Congratulations to you and Brian, and thank you for sharing your lovely wedding day with us through your photos. You, Brian and the children all look so happy. May it always be so, this is my wish for you. My husband and I celebrate our Golden Anniversary in October. As with most couples, we have been through some very tough times, but somehow come out the other side ! We have two lovely children and
    two beautiful grandchildren.
    With every good wish to you both for the future,
    Carol

  35. Val Turner August 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    ‘Perfick’
    Nothing else to add!
    Fabulous xx

  36. annie August 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa I didn’t know you where getting married,you looked stunning.So congratulations to you and you new husband.x

  37. anna August 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    You look so happy together Pippa, you both and your lovely little family :) It was meant to be, wasn’t it?
    You look lovely.
    Lots of Best Wishes for a very long and happy partnership and team work!

  38. Pipa Gordon August 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments, it’s been a crazy and wonderful summer, gone in a split second! I was so determined to let the day be super relaxed so we could take it all in, but I’m sure I still didn’t complete one single conversation! It was wonderful having all our favourite people in our garden celebrating with us …even the vicar popped in for a glass of fizz which was great! We then went off to Paris for a few days just the 2 of us and have now just returned for a week glamping with the children in the Forest of Dean which was exhausting and wet but absolutely brilliant!! xx

  39. Carole Collins August 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both, it must have been fate to bring you both together again Pipa. I am sure you will have a long and happy life together with your soul mate. Tried to get a look at your engagement ring during the diamonique show but couldn’t get a close up. Could you post a photo on your blog, I love jewellery. I met my second husband 13 years ago, we both said it was fate that we met and have now been married for 11 very happy years.xx

  40. Christine Galloway August 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Best wishes Pipa you look wonderful. Good luck in the future. X
    Christine

  41. Louise Smith August 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations you are my favourite presenter, I am so glad you are really happy, I also married my school sweetheart after meeting 17 years later. We have now been together 15 years and married for 12 years and still very happy x I hope you are as happy as I am!! I must say though I do prefer your hair shorter, I have copied your hair style for years. x

  42. dawn briers August 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    so happy for you all you looked lovley pipa xlove dawn

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