Best laid plans and wonderful surprises!


I was asked just the other day if I was nervous or stressed about my imminent wedding – just two weeks to go as I write this!! “Good gracious no! Everything is sorted,” was my reply, but I have woken up this morning from a very bizarre dream that saw me walking up the aisle in my wellingtons! Yes, you’ve guessed it, I STILL don’t have my shoes!  I will though be taking your advice, and Jilly, you’re right, even if the shoes are expensive, just tot up the number of times I wear them and all will be well : )  Thanks to all of you for your lovely comments on the blog and for keeping me in touch with your life and all that’s in it – so busy for so many of us!

At Ruckley

Well, since I last wrote, I have been to Shropshire, Swindon (twice : )), Dorset,  a beautiful hotel in Windsor and a lovely restaurant in Chiswick! So I’ll begin with Colin’s and my trip to Shropshire – a beautiful county, where of course I spent many happy years before returning to the South of England in 1995. The reason for our trip was to collect the table centre decorations that had been created for us by Julie and her team at Peony.

With Julie from PeonyIf you’ve ever seen the shows, you will have heard her talk of the Ruckley Estate where she grew up and where the flowers are made and arranged. Ironically, the Estate is only a few miles away from the little nursery school that both Lucy and Sam attended all those years ago.  We found our way very easily and met Julie at the Showroom and workshop entrance.  I took these photos in the Showroom/shop, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it looks far more like part of the Chelsea Flower Show, with it’s incredibly impressive array of blooms!  Impossible to tell they’re not real, as the detail is so exact : ).

Julie showed us around the workshop and we met Stevie who had personally overseen the making of our arrangements.  For those of you who missed my original photos, here’s a quick reminder of what we will have on each of the tables at the Wedding Breakfast… Julie has included all the flowers I will have in my bouquet in each of these arrangements – even lily of the valley! : )

CentrepieceHaving loaded the carefully packed boxes into the back of our car,  we then followed Julie up an incredibly long driveway until we were in the courtyard of the Ruckley Estate. It is just stunning, surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens, fabulous woodland, and an enormous lake. We dined on salmon in a stunning room that had views out over the garden, and chatted with Julie’s mum Margaret, and her youngest son Cameron – all were delightful company. We spent an hour or more walking around the grounds and admiring the fabulous ‘real’ flowers, and then sadly it was time to head home. Both Colin and I are seriously indebted to Julie for her generosity and expertise – the flowers will be spectacular and make our day even more special…

Honey with brother

Honey 11.06.15Of course Swindon is fast becoming my second home, as that’s where my lovely Lucy and delightful granddaughter Honey live. I’ve managed two visits over the last fortnight, and am due to see them again tomorrow, but I did see Lucy last Sunday for a fabulous afternoon, which I’ll tell you about shortly. Honey changes each time I see her, and is so alert and engaging.

She is still sweet tempered, and although she keeps her mum awake a fair bit in the night, she isn’t grumpy or grizzly, and is completely relaxed when other folk hold her. Simon’s sons Henry and George are marvellous with her too, and everything has slotted into place beautifully.

Honey bathtime

Comp winner EugenieSadly I didn’t take any photos of my trip to Dorset where I travelled to see our friends Ros and Chris, but suffice to say I had a wonderful time there. I’d chosen to visit while Colin was away on his stag weekend, and planned to leave after work on Thursday.  You may have noticed that I didn’t present my Diamonique show that night, and that was because I was lucky enough to be dining out with the winners of our QVC Experience auction from last October’s Breast Cancer Care fundraising night.

Eugenie (pictured above left) and her husband Don were the couple who made the highest bid, and they had a fabulous day at QVC, meeting with Kathy Tayler, Ali Young and many other presenters and guests, before being whisked off to supper with Craig Rowe and I. Kathy had styled Eugenie (who kept the fab outfits), and then Ali had spent a long time with her, advising her and then giving her a makeover.  It was a perfect night. They are a delightful couple – strong in their relationship and evident love for each other – and supportive of one another too.  We had these photos taken as a memento of the day, and I felt truly honoured to have been a part of this special prize.

QVC experience

My journey down the A303 past Stonehenge was great at that time of night, and then Friday was warm and sunny, so Ros and I went for a walk to pick elderflowers to make cordial, and met Chris at the local pub where we had a delicious lunch. I relaxed in front of their log-burner in the evening and then I headed home in the morning, promising to return asap.

From SundayThe only thing that made it easier for me to leave was that I knew I’d be seeing her the following day because she and Lucy had been planning a surprise for me! On Sunday afternoon my friend Jo picked me up and drove me to a beautiful hotel in Windsor, where I was met by a group of family and friends whom Ros and Lucy had invited. Some of them weren’t going to be able to make it to the wedding, and none of them had met Honey before, so that was an added bonus!

So much effort had gone into decorating the room, organizing fab food, and arranging games! We had to create our own wedding dresses out of fabric, loo roll and safety pins, I had a round of Mr and Mrs (didn’t do as well as I’d hoped there!) and they all came up with date nights in for Colin and I. Lucy had downloaded all my favourite music which played throughout, and then we finished the afternoon on the lawns in the sunshine with a glass of champagne… I  felt very cherished and loved, and the little cards that everyone filled in with their wedding wishes made me cry when I read them at home later that night… It was a perfect day, and one I will remember always.

More pics from SundayAnd so with only a fortnight to go, I can tell you of a fabulous competition that I’m going to be setting up in the run up to the wedding, but I need a little bit of help from you first. The Diamonique buying team and I thought it would be lovely to have a whole hour of Diamonique wedding jewellery, but we want to base it around the pieces YOU wore on you wedding day. Just let me know what it was, and if there are any special stories around the jewellery itself that would be even better.  I will set a competition in the next week, and the prize will be the jewellery that I have designed to wear on the big day itself!

Clarks Viveca Zeal Leather Strappy Sandals

I do hope you like the idea, and I will look forward very much to hearing from you over this next week.  And staying with Diamonique, I’ll be sharing my 9pm show with Tova, when hopefully there will still be some of her beautiful TSV to show you! Hope you can join us. It’s also perfect timing for our Clarks TSV tonight (pictured above) – now the sunshine’s out and summer is here for sure!

Take care, enjoy the sunshine, and stay well.  Sending you my love,

Ali xxx


  1. karen June 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    🙂 you give me hope. Been on own long time
    since my husband died. I am 52 now.
    hope wedding goes well, love the flowers xx

  2. Jilly June 11, 2015 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Good Evening Ali – oh, oh, oh, two weeks to go……….. where has the time gone!!! Loved reading your new blog and the new piccies are stunning. Isn’t Honey such a little darling. Yummy and perfect and just so sweet. Either Henry or George looks delighteful with her. What a picture that makes for the wall. So very happy for Lucy that with the boys it is working out so well. Because Lucy is feeling so happy this will also make you feel so happy – because that’s the way it works – our children are happy then we are!.
    Your day collecting your table arrangements and the following special times you have had just sound so perfect. What a lovely way to build up to your special day.
    I shall have to think very hard as to what jewellery I wore on our big day – cannot remember at the moment so will have to ask my lovely hubby if he can!!!
    Hope the shoes that are on the way have arrived and one pair will be just right. You will need them to dance the night away. Sure Colin will be playing a tune or two during the celebrations.
    It is perfect weather here today and has been for a little while so lets just hope that it will be like this in two weeks time. Annie seems to have turned nut brown – she did always tan easily but I think does so more since the radio!!
    Hope everyone enjoys the weekend when it comes (we have a public holiday tomorrow – Friday – so am off work for three days now – yippee) Looking forward to everyone’s catch up and to seeing yet more piccies of Honey – Love Jilly XX

  3. Christine Auchterlonie June 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely time you have had recently…you are so lucky ..and the day at Ruckley the flowers are beautiful… And your lovely little granddaughter Honey she has changed so much since her first photos,she’s so sweet. I loved the story of your afternoon at the hotel in Windsor,what a lovely memory for you…not long now until the wedding …hope you get the shoes! Looking forward to the photos with best wishes ..Chris Auchterlonie x

  4. Jean wollington June 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    On my wedding day, I wore a gold heart shaped locket given to me by my great aunt Flo. It contained pictures of my future husband and I. The date was June 25th 1955. I was 20 and my future husband was 21. It was a glorious day. The sun shone from morning ’til night. Next Tuesday, June 16th, we will be sailing on Queen Elizabeth and celebrating our Diamond Wedding (60 years) on June 25th 2015. I believe this is a day before Alison Keenan celebrates her wedding. My daughter now has the locket that I wore to celebrate my wedding to my handsome sailor.

  5. Joanna Downey June 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Happy Friday Ali, As always your blog was like walking into a sweetie shop, full of lovely things and I’m finding it hard to know which bit to write about first. I’ll start with Honey who looks beautiful and, even from a photo, I can see that she is a contented baby, I assume that is a “big” brother with her and he looks fairly fab too! Love, love, love the opening shot of all those flowers and your table centrepieces are sublime – will you keep them or give them to certain wedding guests? I’ve always thought of you as a glass half full girl and it would seem that glass has been up to the brim with champagne recently, you wrote that you felt cherished and loved and you are because you obviously feel that way about the important people in your life. A dream about wellies… that’s up there with the ones both my girls had just before exams when they dreamt that their teeth had fallen out. Finally, my wedding jewellery was a pair of tiny diamond earrings that looked liked daisies. I was given them many years earlier when I found them in a box at my granny’s house but I never wore them because they were not a match for the clothes of the 70s. However, they looked perfect with my lace wedding dress and I cherish them still. I’m enjoying the hazy sunshine that’s struggling to escape the clouds, the forecast for the weekend is grim and Colin’s at the Three Counties Show so lots of mud for him! Love and support to Alpa – we miss you and love to you too, Jo x

  6. Liz June 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Good luck Alison and Colin ,I wish you two are as happy as my Husband and I were for 41 years. I have to admit I still think you talk too much when presenting but now I am really enjoying your wedding plans. So different to mine in 1966 we were broke …got married bought the ring and went to the local Chinese for our lunch with all seven guests on £30 . As I said we were the happiest we could be so you enjoy your day love.
    ps I got my day’s when my 3 children got married. Liz x

  7. Gwen June 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    As I always say “another wonderful blog”, what a very busy life you do lead and what amazing things you have been getting up to, I really feel as though I know you personally and I am getting really excited at the thought of seeing the photos of your lovely and very special day. I just know that you are going to make the most perfect Bride and Colin is a very luck y man!!!! The table decorations look beautiful and your day at Buckley sounds wonderful, and it goes without saying how very sweet little Honey looks.

    Thank you Ali for finding the time to keep us up-to-date and including us in your very special life.

    Keep well and enjoy every moment, you really do deserve everything to be as magical and wonderful as possible.

    Lots of love,


  8. Judith Lennon June 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Well you have been a busy girl haven’t you. A great blog as always. Nice to hear that wedding arrangements are falling into place and I love your flowers. It’s nice to hear that Simons boys are getting on with the newest arrival. Children are usually good judges. My two grand daughters love each other to bits and the younger one’s eyes light up when she sees her big cousin. This week they were playing in my garden with small watering cans and having the time of their lives. You have all these pleasures to come and treasure. What a lovely idea of all your friends getting together. I bet there was so much for you all to catch up on and enjoy. Well I have had my scan and although there is a narrowing in one of my arteries within the heart they are going to keep a close check on me over the next few years to see if it worsens. If it does become troublesome then it’s a valve replacement. I’m not thinking that far ahead and am trying to get on with my life. Thank heavens I had it checked out when advised to on holiday. I’ve tried to take good advantage of the glorious sunshine we’ve had this week and been sitting and enjoying my garden in between tidying around. My husband keeps reminding me of all the chores I have been told to avoid. Easier said than done when you spend a lifetime doing things without thinking. Having said that it’s a small price to pay. Hope you’ve found some gorgeous shoes for the big day. Will say ttfn and as always send you big hugs and love. Judith xx

  9. Sandra Gregory June 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what another lovely blog. Your Little Honey is beautiful, they certainly change so much. I have a great niece who is 4 months old and is adorable, they are coming for a visit tomorrow which I am looking forward to.

    Your flowers look fabulous, and I think you will have a fantastic wedding. Glad you had a fab time with your daughter, family and friends.

    I love your diamonique shows, you are such a lovely presenter.

    Take care Sandra x

  10. Sue Glass June 12, 2015 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali so happy for you and Colin at my wedding I wore an antique Wedgwood locket which had been in the family for years as my grandmother had been the maker(her brother) ‘s taker off my baby bracelet and clogau earrings showing off my Welsh heritage . I wish you and Colin many happy years together

  11. Mary Morphy June 12, 2015 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi All. So first question…have you got your shoes yet???
    I expect you cannot believe how quickly your wedding day has arrived and it is looking like everything is going to plan. Your afternoon tea was a fabulous idea from Lucy and Ros. I hope you had good quality toilet paper for the wedding dress creations…I have played that, a great game. Your get together reminded me of a evening I had at home a couple of weeks before I got married. I was lady captain of the golf club the year I got married and so it was an incredibly busy time as it was down to the lady captain to organise all the mixed golf events as well as her own. The ladies wanted to do something to celebrate my wedding..hubby To be was club vice captain this year they all came over to my house and we had a great evening. They were very generous with their wedding gifts, money and microwave oven and they all signed my wedding book which I started early. When we got married we walked out of the church to an archway of golfing friends holding their golf clubs aloft. Apparently they all left the church while we were signing the register and we didn’t notice they has gone. My face is a complete surprise, I had no idea and it is one of my favourite wedding photos.
    The pictures from Ruckley are stunning. Your arrangements are exquisite.
    So today is my day off, Friday, and I have made a cake for my friends daughter who will be 6 tomorrow. I have made 26 bunny bum cupcakes and a bunny face..looks fab but felt very queesy after as the sweet smell of fondant icing and green buttercream was so overpowering. I will tweet you a picture.
    Work is horrid, the take over by another school is not a good thing for support staff like myself. We are being offered jobs with lower salaries meaning a significant drop in income which no one can afford. I have applied for another job today, still in a school but as an administration assistant but I think my Fridays off will soon be a thing of the past which then poses a problem as I am main carer for mum on Friday so things are a bit highly.
    l LOVE the sound of your competition.. Here is my wedding jewellery story. My husband’s dad, Cyril, died suddenly in Dec 1995, we married in 1996 and it was a huge shock for my hubby and his mum. Cyril was a blacksmith by trade so I was bought a diamonique stoned small horseshoe charm which I had seen into the bodice of my dress as a tribute to Cyril. Ironically we married on what would have been his birthday and his dad was so pleased we chose that date we didn’t change it. I left the horseshoe in the dress but when I was pregnant the following year we had to sell my dress to pay for some nursery furniture. I fully intended to remove the horseshoe. The lady that came to buy my dress was lovely but during putting the dress on her wig fell off. She had terminal cancer and her wish was to have a big white wedding. I left the horseshoe inside the dress as a token of luck to her. When she left I cried bucket loads of tears!!! We were also given a real horseshoe that Jon’s dad had made, it sits by my front door and has done for almost 19 years!!!
    Honey is changing so quickly, she looks very contented. Have a great week. Love Mary x

  12. madeline smallman June 13, 2015 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    wishing both you and Colin many congratulations on your up and coming wedding. I hope you both have a fab day among your friends and family, and I know that you will look stunning Ali, have the time of your life and make some everlasting memories.

  13. Ann Jones June 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    All the very best wishes to you and Colin hope the sun shines for you.x

  14. Michele June 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alisin just wanted to wish you a fantastic wedding day and health and happiness for the future xx

  15. Diane June 14, 2015 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Rnjoyed reading your blog, I happen your wedding day goes to plan for you and Colin. I really hope we are going to see some pics of the day, can’t wait to see just what a beautiful bride to are going to made. Xxxx

  16. jackie cartwright June 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Just lovely reading about all the preparations for your wedding. The Peony flowers are going to look beautiful. Such a happy time for you and your family. xxx

  17. Sarah Ross June 14, 2015 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you all the very best on your wedding day
    Hope the sun shines on you and Colin for the rest of your lives

  18. Mary Pitman June 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Congratulations to you both on your forthcoming wedding.
    I to was a June bride I got married on the 19/6/1971 aged 19yrs I thought I had my whole life to spend with my husband Jim who was 12yrs my senior we met at work.
    We only had 15yrs happy years together before my husband passed away at age 49yrs we have two lovely daughters who are very special even more so now.
    On the eve of my wedding my husband gave me a present of a gold heart which when spun round read I LOVE YOU.
    I wore this with pride on my wedding day. Unfortunately the year my husband died I lost the heart it fell of the chain
    probably because I constantly twiddle with my necklace.
    However, with the help of my late Mum my daughters replaced this for me as a birthday gift.
    Wishing you all the love and happiness in the world you deserve it.

  19. Coulsonwood June 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I predict blue sky’s for you on your wedding deserve no less.
    On my wedding day I wore akoya peals with matching earrings.
    Remarkably My daughter has her shoes but not her dress!!.
    How marvellous that Jean Wollington celebrates her diamond wedding, congrats .
    My parents celebrated their 70th last march!,
    Lots of love, thinking of you all.Tricia.

  20. Elizabeth Keenan June 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I cannot believe your wedding is almost here, time has just flown.
    Wishing you and Colin health and happiness always.
    You will make a beautiful bride Alison, Colin is a very lucky man.
    Thank you for sharing all your pics with us they are all lovely and Honey is gorgeous.
    Wedding flowers are just lovely, I am just picturing you among them all.
    Have a great day hope the sun shines for you.
    On my wedding day I wore little gold shamrock earrings.
    Much Love
    Elizabeth KeenanX

  21. Jilly June 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Oh, Oh, and another Oh so very sweet – I have just opened the piccie of Honey and she is just so yummy. Love it – thank you so much for sharing it. I came on to see if you had sorted out your shoes and there was Honey!!!
    Really really count down now – what a wonderful time you are going to have and we will be waiting here to see the piccies.
    Mary I had tears when I read about your dress – how special that was to keep the horse shoe in place. I quite understand how you are feeling with the job changes etc so good luck for your interview.
    Wishing you and Colin all the very best on your special day and always after Love Jilly and Annie XX

  22. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Dear Karen, thank you for taking the time out to read the blog and comment. I am so sorry to know that you lost your husband, and have been alone for a long while now – never give up hope though… I believe there will be someone out there for you to love and to love you, you just haven’t met them yet. Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  23. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:01 am -  Reply

    Hi there Jilly, only 10 days to go now!! The days just seem to be melding into one, and every one of them is full but with lovely things and people, which is nice 🙂 So glad you liked the photos – it’s little Henry with Honey in this picture – we’ll get plenty more with George too at the wedding! So glad that you too have had some perfect weather to enjoy, and I’m glad that Annie has had the chance to get out in it! I remember two years after my chemo I turned brown in an incredibly short time, and agree it must be something to do with the photosensitivity of the skin! I hope the weather stayed fine for you for your long weekend, and I promise I will post more pictures of Honey before the big day. Oh, and if you find out what jewellery you wore to your own wedding, please do let me know. Sending you and Annie my love, Ali xx

  24. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    Dear Christine, I certainly do feel very lucky to be surrounded by such lovely friends and family, and Honey is just the cherry on the icing on the cake 🙂 So beautiful and such a sweet tempered little soul. Yes my special afternoon was wonderful, and I’m glad you enjoyed reading about it. I have ordered the shoes…!!! Two pairs that look identical but are very different in price, so I will see which ones feel more comfortable, and send the others back! I hope you have a good week, and thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  25. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    Hello Jean and thank you so much for sharing your wedding memories with me! What a lovely story, and yes your wedding date is the day before my pending nuptials! 60 years this year!! How wonderful! I hope you and your handsome sailor have a fabulous celebration aboard the Queen Elizabeth, and here’s to many more very happy years to come 🙂 So nice that you have passed the locket on to your daughter – I am sure she treasures it. Love Ali xx

  26. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Dear Jo, Always good to catch up with you, and you write the nicest things 🙂 The little chap in the photo with Honey is Henry and his big brother George is equally good with her. She is very content, and I believe that’s because Lucy is so good with her, and she is surrounded by folk who love her. The table centres are gorgeous aren’t they?! They are on loan to us, but Julie has given us five smaller decorations as a gift which we will gift on to those who have helped us so much towards the wedding – incredibly kind of her. Thanks for letting me know about your diamond earrings.. they sound very pretty, and as you say perfect with the lace wedding dress.. you may well like the earrings that I have designed.. and possibly for the same reason!!! I won’t give any more away for now, but am pleased to tell you that I’ve ordered my shoes and they’re on their way!! Two pairs – crazy and normal price – I just have to decide which ones to keep!!! 🙂 I do hope the weekend weather was better for you than you though it would be for your Colin at the Three Counties Show – I remember doing an Outside Broadcast from one when I lived in Shropshire but luckily for us it stayed dry 🙂 Love to you and thanks as always for keeping in touch, Ali xx

  27. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    Hi there Liz, and thanks for writing to me about your wedding.. I was six when you were married, and although as you say, you were broke, I bet you really enjoyed the day, and you were happy. 41 years makes for a lot of good memories I am sure.. Nice that you have been treated to some spectacular weddings though with your own children – I am sure they made you feel very special 🙂 I feel very lucky to be able to have so many of our family and friends with us on the day, and I hope you’ll enjoy the photos when you see them. I’m back to work on Thursday with my Diamonique show, and am sorry you think I talk too much.. it’s always harder not to when there’s no guest! 🙂 Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  28. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:26 am -  Reply

    Hello dear Gwen, and thanks for writing to me. So glad that you continue to enjoy the blogs and the photos – difficult to choose the photos these days are there are so many of Honey, and my poor editor has to try and squeeze them all in! That’s why the Wedding Website will work well for those who want to see the photos of the day 🙂 Yes Ruckely was incredible, and so kind of Julie and her mum to take the time to show us around the Estate as well as have a lovely lunch! Little Honey changes with each photo – Lucy sent me three yesterday that had us cooing like a couple of doves! 🙂 Spinal injection tomorrow for back pain, but other than that, feeling well. See you on Thursday at 9pm! Love Ali xx

  29. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Dear Judith, I am so glad you had the scan and that they are now monitoring you. So much better as you say to know if there’s a problem, rather than have it surprise you! You must take it easy though, although I know exactly what you mean when you say you’ve spent a lifetime doing things without thinking! Yes, Simon’s boys are very sweet with Honey, and it feels now as though she’s always been there 🙂 Your granddaughters sounds delightful, and I am glad that you get to spend so much time with them. My wedding shoes are on their way. I’ll let you know if they’re any good! Take care and have a good week, love Ali. Oh, and if you think of the jewellery you wore for your wedding, do let me know, love Ali xx

  30. Sue Radford June 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    What a beautiful photo of little Honey – no need to ask if she’s a contented baby, as you can certainly tell from her lovely happy little face! Hope the shoes have turned up and you are pleased with them, although wearing wellies could start a new trend lol!!!!! The flower arrangements are beautiful, and I’m so glad you had such a lovely day at the Ruckley Estate. I wore a gold cross I had for my 18th birthday on my wedding day. I no longer wear it, but I treasure it as it was a present from my late parents so it’s very special to me. Not long for the wedding now – so exciting!! You will make a beautiful bride Ali, and Colin is a very lucky man. It’s been a very worrying and hectic few days, as my husband suffered a mini stroke and during his examination it was discovered he has a heart murmur. We must look on the bright side and be thankful it was discovered early as the doctor said it can now be controlled.

    Love from Sue Radford x

  31. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sandra, thanks so much for your kind comments, and I am very glad that you enjoy the blogs. Honey is a sweetheart – I can’t imagine how much she will have changed by the time she’s four months old! I do hope you enjoyed your day with your little niece – they bring such joy don’t they 🙂 Glad you enjoy the diamonique shows – hopefully you will enter my wedding jewellery competition. Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  32. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Wow Sue that sounds truly original and beautiful! I didn’t realise that the Wedgewood heritage stretched to jewellery too! And I really love the Clogau collection too – I am sure you looked lovely on the day, and wonderful to have something with real family history too. Thank you for your kind wishes, Love Ali x

  33. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary, and yes, I do have my shoes!!!!! Not sure yet though which pair I will keep and wear, and which pair I will send back.. they are both beautiful and the only major difference is the price tag… Comfort is also quite important as I’ll be in them all day, so I’ll let you know. Your wedding sounds fabulous, and how kind of your friends to have arranged a wedding book. I had little envelopes with everyone’s wishes for me and Colin, and they will be glued into the book Ros and Lucy got for me, along with photos of the day. I’d love to see the photo of you coming through the archway of golf clubs! The only other archway I’ve seen is in Claire Sutton’s wedding photo and the chaps there held garden forks aloft I seem to remember! Very memorable. Talking of which so were your cupcakes = I do hope the little girl loved them. So sorry things are tough at school.. my sister too is struggling with changes at her school. I wish you luck in your search for something else. Mary your wedding story had me in tears… How kind of you to keep the little horseshoe stitched into the dress… I am sure the bride to be appreciated it.. let’s hope it helped her a little. You have a big heart, and I’m glad the horseshoe that Jon’s dad made has been with you all these years… I will be adding your story and the jewellery idea to all the others. Thanks again Mary, and do keep in touch – last pre-wedding blog next week!!! With my love, Ali xx

  34. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Madeline – love that name! – Thank you so much for your kind and warm wedding wishes. It promises to be a lovely occasion, and I can’t wait to have all my family and friends around us – my niece is flying all the way over from Australia! 🙂 I will have a link to our special web site set up so you can see the photos – would have loved to have invited you all too!! Take care, love Ali xx

  35. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Ann, it’s been a lovely day today, so I too am praying we are this lucky next week. So far June has been pretty good – just love the warmth and it will be great if it stays dry too! Thank you for your kind words, love Ali xx

  36. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Michelle, and your kind words are much appreciated. I can’t quite believe it’s only 10 days away! Seems to have suddenly arrived – good job we’re pretty well all sorted. Love to you, Ali xx

  37. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Diane, my friend Mitch created a lovely website with the wedding info on it, and after the day itself, he will post up the photos and create a link so that you can access it. Hopefully there should be a fair few special memories of the day 🙂 Love Ali xx

  38. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, I agree, how lucky are we to be having Peony on our wedding day! I know that Julie has created flowers for a great many folk’s special days, but she was so attentive and in tune with what I wanted that I couldn’t be happier with the arrangements. Thank you for writing to me and for your good wishes, love Ali xx

  39. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Sarah, I’m going to hang onto that wish…. for the sun to shine for Colin and I for the rest of our lives.. how special would that be 🙂 I hope all is good in your world, love Ali xx

  40. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, it made me sad to read your story, although I know you had 15 very happy years with your Jim (my dad’s name also) … Your daughters no doubt were very proud of him, and I’m you all miss him terribly. I though am so glad that your girls and your mum were able to replace the lovely spinning gold heart necklace, and I am sure you wear it every day. You are very kind to say I deserve to be happy… so do you… so does everyone.. it comes at different times and in different way for some of us, but I very much wish it for you. With my love, Ali xx

  41. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Tricia your prediction for the weather on the day is very welcome, and I’ll hang onto it! Best wedding weather ever was for my niece three years ago on the 26th May – not a cloud all day… fingers crossed for us eh? 😉 I have my shoes!!!! I very much hope your daughter finds her dress soon too 🙂 Belated congratulations to your mum and dad = 70 years married! How wonderful – I hope you celebrated in style. Take care, stay well, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  42. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elizabeth why am I not surprised to hear that you wore little gold shamrocks in your ears on your wedding day 🙂 I am sure you looked beautiful, and they would make the most perfect piece of jewellery for anyone to wear. Here’s hoping the sun shines, the dress fits and the shoes don’t pinch – all else will be grand 🙂 Much love to you too, Ali xx

  43. Alison Keenan June 16, 2015 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, I can’t post it here, but Lucy has just sent me her first little video of Honey laying on her little play mat! She is beyond cute 🙂 Yes, shoes sorted, but as I say, I will need to make the final decision tomorrow – hopefully not too difficult to make! You’re right about counting down the days. Hospital tomorrow and then literally a week before it all happens! Sooo excited if not a little nervous 🙂 Do hope all is well with you, that your plans are taking shape, and that you have something lovely this summer to look forward to. I hope too that Annie will soon hear about her reconstruction. Much love, Ali xx

  44. Denise June 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to read your blog as always. I hope you’ve been able to find shoes for your wedding – mm welling tons indeed! Thank you for sharing photos of the scrumptious Honey Bea – as I was looking at them I was thinking how much she is changing just before you commented the very same thing. Well life certainly sounds busy as always for you but you will have lots of lovely memories to look back on. Wedding jewellery eh? When I got married my something borrowed was a crystal type tiara which my sister in law lent to me. I was lucky enough to find some crystal teardrop earrings that were a perfect match. At the reception I was chatting to a couple of my husbands friends and there young daughter who gazed at me wide eyed as if I was a Princess as she admired my tiara. I then put a finger to my ears saying I have matching earrings only to find nothing there. Somehow in all the preparations I had forgotten to put them in! I couldn’t believe it but laugh about it now. When it is our Anniversary I do remember to wear them as a reminder.
    Love Denise xx

  45. Sally June 17, 2015 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Wishing you all the very best for your Wedding day, You must be on such a high at the moment i bet you go to bed with a smile on your face. You are such a genuine lovely person i’m sure you will look stunning too. So looking forward to the pictures of your day. Soak up every moment of your special day we will all be thinking of you.

    Kind regards

  46. Janet Jones June 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, (soon to be Mrs Elsworth) what a lovely busy time you have had coming up to your wedding. Aww the pictures of Honey Bea, she is a little poppet, if you are anything like me you will have 1000,s of pictures of your beautiful granddaughter.Alfie for the first time in 3 weeks has not needed another eye operation they have just been checking him and he still needs lots of different eye drops every day. We won’t know if the operations have been successful for another 2 weeks, so w e are all praying that they have been. They are all coming to stay with us this weekend, I can’t wait as we haven’t seen them for a couple of weeks , we have just come back from a few days in Sardinia, which was lovely but a couple of days it did get to 34 a little too hot for me !!.
    The oncologist was happy with me and it has now gone from 6 monthly visits to one a year , I have mixed feelings about that. My mammogram is due in about 4 weeks !!! Hope all well with your health Ali and everything has settled down after your last op. Don’t have a starting date for my job yet, but I’m sure it will be soon.Hope you have the shoes you are happy with and what an extra special treat having Honey Bea at your wedding.
    Jilly thank you as always for asking and thinking of Alfie and your congratulations for my new job. I do hope Annie has a date for her operation sooner rather than later, or as you say you will have to start nagging!
    Hope all well with Una & Alpa, thinking of you.
    Forgot to ask Ali, where are you going on your honeymoon?
    Take care bride to be speak soon love Janet xx

  47. Beverley Klymkiw June 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, wishing you all the very best for your upcoming wedding. Your Peony flower arrangements are going to look wonderful at the reception. I love my Peony flowers they are so lifelike. Your newest recruit to the family, Honey, looks as sweet as her name. May you and your lovely family have a fabulous day.

  48. Alison Keenan June 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sally, lovely to hear from you, and thanks so much for your kind wishes. I have to say I have many blessings to count at the beginning and end of every day, and now that I have my shoes I feel that it should all be OK on the day. Picking up the dress on Friday when they will have to stitch my bra with it’s pocket in for me! Then I have to try and hide the dress from Colin! 🙂 I am working on a plan which will make it possible for you all to see photos of the wedding pretty much as it happens… watch this space! Love Ali xx

  49. Judith Lennon June 18, 2015 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali,,

    Just to let you know that I wore a gold locket which my then future husband bought me for my 21st birthday and a gold watch my parents bought also for my 21st birthday for my wedding 46 years ago turned 14th June!!! Hope you and Colin do as well. Love Judith xxxx

  50. Mandy Mitchell June 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, not long now till you’re Mrs Elsworth!! How exciting! Your table decorations are beautiful & so glad you & your Colin had a lovely day with Julie in Shropshire.Honey is adorable & I am sure she will be on lots of your wedding photos looking like butter wouldn’t melt lol! Your afternoon in Windsor sounds absolutely brilliant, what a great idea for some precious relaxed quality time with your nearest & dearest & you have lovely cards as a keepsake, simply priceless! Just watched your last Diamonique show before your big day, my hubby says you looked lovely & youthful( there’s a compliment every bride to be wants) & enjoyed your rapport with Tanyayou’ve mentioned before youenjoy her company) Well Ali, I am making your wedding card this weekend(called QVC for correct address) so good luck lovely lady, you will be a beautiful bride & can’t wait to see your photos! Wishing you & Colin a life tine of love & happiness & of course lots of giggles.
    Love & Big bridal Hugs
    Mandy xxxxx

  51. Helen s June 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Hia my lovely, how are you? I am so happy that this time next week you will have your special day. After all that life has chucked at you, you deserve a truly wonderful day.

    Life here is still hectic with a 12 year old with a better social life than my husband and I put together. We’re off to Dorset for a few days shortly, just the 3 of us, much needed time just to catch up and take 5 from all the hustle and bustle. REALLY can’t wait for the school holidays.

    I didn’t have and wedding jewellery that was handed down or given to me for that matter. So, I decided, that I would buy and wear just 2 pieces of jewellery that I can hand down. And, I have duly kept my crystal and pearl earrings and gold bracelet for my girl. I have started a tradition and hopefully they will be passed down for years to come.

    Have a wonderful day next week and can’t wait to see your dress and jewellery.

    Keep dancing………gosh I posted that many moons ago and still think of you when I see that saying. Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain. And you most definitely have lovely lady, and inspiration to all.

    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  52. maryhowarth June 20, 2015 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    My fondest love and the best of good wishes to you and Colin on your wedding day. On my wedding day I wore a lovely gold cross and chain which my grandfather bought me on the day I was born – it was so special because he didn’t earn much money in 1935. My special person at the wedding was my beloved grandmother who had only recently come out of hospital after major surgery but was determined to be there. My bouquet consisted of white roses and lots of lily of the valley – gosh it will be 60 years in 2016 – where does the time go! I’m certain your Special Day will be full of love and lots and lots of laughter (maybe an odd tear). God Bless you both.

  53. Linda Slee June 20, 2015 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Not long now to your fabulous day, I hope you cherish and love every minute of it.
    On my wedding day sept 2007 I wore two diamonque pieces both pear shaped and set in white gold, earrings and a pendant and everyone thought they were real, I do have a ring set in white gold with three stones but didn’t want to wear that till next day.

  54. Patricia Ovens June 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    I wore a diamond pendant on the day but have since bought a very similar diamonique pendant which I can take on holiday and not worry about losing! One of the beauties of diamonique beside the quality, designs and sparkle!

  55. Lynn Livsey June 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison and Colin,
    Wishing you all the best for your big day. Health and happiness to you both.
    Together you have been through a lot of pain but with the strength and support you have given each other nothing will defeat you.
    Colin, you are a great guy, look after this lovely lady, you are a keeper, Alison is very lucky to have you.
    Love and best wishes Lynn. xx

  56. marie June 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Alison, I am just blown away at how you’re life has turned round. How you have come through all your challenges so gracefully. Now becoming a bride and a grandmother WOW. I noticed through everything you didn’t loose your joy or your humor I do believe this is key to recovery. A hundred thousand congratulations and wishing you tremendous health and happiness and blessings from Sunny Belfast Northern Ireland.
    WOW you really are something else or as I have often heard you say on air Cracking lolx

  57. Elaine sallis June 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Ali I hope your day is as magical as you deserve. Such a special time for you and Colin and your families. And of course the gorgeous Honey will be a very special guest.

    Lots of love
    Elaine x

  58. craig rowe June 20, 2015 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Darling Ali, wonderful blog and thank you for sharing all the exciting preparations. Send you love and the biggest hug, Craig xxxx

  59. Maureen June 20, 2015 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely blog! Lots of wedding photos please. 40 years ago I wore a small crystal droplet necklace.I still wear it!

  60. Jackie Morrison June 20, 2015 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Aw your blog is so lovely and thank you so much for sharing. My husband and I share 30 years of marriage on 31 August when we will be off on a celebratory cruise from venice to croatia and greece. I have done way too much QVC shopping for clothes, sandals and jewelery! In 1985 I was married in a Kylie/Neighbours inspired gown with puffy sleeves and my hair curly and pinned up! My jewellery was simple – a gold locket I got for my 21st with a photo of me and my boyfriend (husband to be!) and the gold watch I got was given for my 21st, along with stud earrings. simple. Can you guess we wed aged 21? Well to be truthfull the 80s gown probably outdid everything else so the jewellery had to be simple! In those days too we still wore the “garter” which in my case was the something blue! We have had 30 years of marriage of sharing,caring, tragedies like losing our dads way too soon (my husband lost his dad age 52 and my own age 57) – we are both now 52 this year and treasure our time together with our youngest having just graduated university and our eldest graduated then married a couple of years ago. What joys life brings our ways via our children, family and friends and I am so happy to see you are surrounded by such love. I wish you a fabulous day and many happy days to come. Love. x

  61. Liz Holmes June 22, 2015 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison and Colin, never have such a lovely couple deserved so much happiness, good luck and love as you start on your married life together. Wishing you both the most wonderful wedding day surrounded by the love of your family and friends. I know you will look absolutely beautiful Alison and will do Colin proud! I can’t wait to see the photos. Many congratulations. Love x

  62. Linda Edwards June 23, 2015 at 1:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, really enjoyed reading your blog, it always makes me smile. I read them every week. Glad your wedding plans are going well, with your lovely hymns, peony flowers and of coarse your shoes. Can’t wait to see the wedding photo’s of you in your dress and the jewellery that you have helped designed. The only jewellery I can remember wearing on my wedding day is my sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Your pictures of your granddaughter Honey Bea are beautiful, she looks very contented. Have a wonderful wedding day and I hope you and Colin will be very happy. Love Linda xx

  63. Debz June 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Just a quick message to say have a super wedding day. Can’t wait to see the photo’s. You will look stunning without a doubt. Enjoy it my lovely.

    All my love and a wedding lick from Ainzley.

    Debt & Ainzley (=^_^=) xxxxxxxxxxx

  64. Jilly June 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Nearly no sleeps to go – so excited for you both and all the family love and hugs Jilly and Annie XXXX

  65. Sybil June 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    My daughter Rebecca and I have been very interested in your forthcoming wedding and family get togethers, it sounds wonderful. We wish you well and a super wedding day; we look forward to seeing your pictures. Hope you have a lovely honeymoon, Sybil.

  66. Tricia coulsonwood June 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Enjoy your special day…I have been telling my daughter Liz that its best not to be nervous about getting married as its over too quickly and you need to enjoy every bit of the day to its zenith.
    Lots of love, Tricia, Jan & Liz. Xxxxxx

  67. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet, I’ve just managed to have a few moments to myself and wanted to say how glad I was to hear about Alfie not needing another eye operation for now. Looking at the date you wrote, I realise that they will all have been to see you at the weekend, and I am sure you will have had a lovelytime. So precious to be together as a family eh? 🙂
    I hope you enjoyed Sardinia – you were lucky with the weather! I went in the height of summer for a week, and we only had 3 days of sunshine! Yes I have the shoes, and they even have their own little bag! How posh 🙂 I don’t have any idea where I am going on the honeymoon as Colin has booked it all as a surprise, and I won’t know until we get to the airport! Happy days 🙂 Much love to you, and do check the new blog tomorrow! Ali xxx

  68. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beverley, Thank you so much for your kind words, and I am in complete agreement that the Peony flower arrangements look amazing. I saw Julie when she was in last thursday and managed to say thank you to her again – she really is incredibly kind, and the flowers will finish the tables off a treat 🙂 With love, Ali xx

  69. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Judith, thank you so much for letting me know about the locket and the watch… I am collating all these lovely memories and we will have a special Diamonique wedding show after my honeymoon. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  70. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mandy, yes, soon to be Alison Elsworth! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the Diamonique show, and please thank your hubby for his kind words – youthful is something I am delighted to be called, altho he may need to adjust your TV set! 🙂 I will thank you in advance for you handmade card – we are going to open them all tomorrow night. Check out the new blog on Thursday, and there will be a link to wedding photos there on Friday morning hopefully! Love and bridal hugs back to you, love Ali xx

  71. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Helen you did make me chuckle – a lot of children nowadays do seem to have incredibly busy lives what with sport and other things they regularly do! Thanks for sharing what you wore on your wedding day, and I am sure your girly will wear your jewellery on her wedding day too. I will never forget the saying you posted either Helen, and my son Jack bought it for me in a frame, and I have it hanging on my kitchen wall… I’ve stepped in a few puddles along the way, but I’m still dancing. Take care and thank you for your kind words, Love Ali xx

  72. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Mary, I often think it’s the simple things that are the most effective. A simple gold cross is very fitting for the occasion, and the flower that you are had will be in my bouquet too! 60 years ago for you – how fabulous. I very much hope that you will both have a memorable celebration of those years. Take care, and thank you for your kind words, love Ali xx

  73. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda, thrilled to know that you wore Diamonique on your wedding day too! It’s just perfect isn’t it?! I bought one of Tova’s designs for my friend Ros, and she wore that on her special day too. Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  74. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Patricia, I will be doing exactly the same as you on my honeymoon, and taking my diamonique and not my diamonds – apart from my wedding and engagement ring of course! Love Ali xx

  75. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lynn, thank you so much for your sweet words. You’re right, we have been through a great deal together, and are so fortunate to have found each other when we did. We have grown in our relationship and I know that this is forever. You take care, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  76. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Marie, bless your heart for your kindness. You are so right, my life has turned around. This year being the best in the last four by a long way 🙂 There was a time when I genuinely didn’t think I’d be around to see or be a part of all that has happened, but now I couldn’t be happier. Your words mean a lot to me, and I agree, a sense of humour is a powerful thing. Sending you love from Sunny Berkshire, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  77. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Elaine, and thank you 🙂 I am posting a blog on Thursday which will have a link for Friday’s photos! I hope you will get a chance to see them. With my love, Ali xxx

  78. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    My dear Craig, thank you so much for writing… I am so sorry you won’t be with us in the evening, but I will raise a glass to you. Thank you for being such a fabulous friend. Love Ali xx

  79. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Maureen your wish will be my command! Well, a few photos on the day at least! Check out the blog on Friday morning, and there should be a link there which will have pictures of us at the church. So glad you still have the necklace you wore for your wedding – I hope to keep mine 🙂 Love Ali xx

  80. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Jackie thank you so much for sharing your wedding day memories with us all, and I am so glad that you and your husband are still together 30 years on. So sorry that you too, like me, lost your Dads when they were so young, but the circle of life continues, and it must be lovely for you and your children to spend time together. Take care of each other, and thanks for the fab descriptions of your wedding dress and jewellery – I have taken notes! Love Ali xx

  81. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz, I do hope that Colin will like my dress – I’ve chosen it specifically because of its style… he loves this particular shape of dress on me 🙂 I am so very excited about the day, not least because we will be married, but also because so many of our friends and family will be there too… they mean so much to us. Have a great weekend yourself, and check out the blog for photos on Friday! love Ali xx

  82. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, I am so glad that you enjoy reading the blog, and have been doing so for some time now. It’s a great way I find to keep in touch, and it’s been lovely cataloguing the wedding preparations here too! Thank you for sharing your wedding day jewellery with us – sapphires and diamonds – perfect! I am so glad that lucy will be bringing Honey to the wedding – she will be wanting loads of cuddles. 🙂 Thank you also for your best wishes, With my love, Ali xx

  83. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz, thank you for your quick message – much appreciated 🙂 I am posting a short blog, and there will be a link on that which will become live on Friday with photos from the church – I didn’t want to not share it with you 🙂 Love to you, Neal and Ainzley, from ali Xxx

  84. Alison Keenan June 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Jilly, you’re right! Ros and Chris here, cake delivered to the venue, favours sorted, order of service here, shirts for the boys being ironed, and wedding dress hanging up.. All good 🙂 A happy day ahead, and thank you so much for ALL your good wishes, and our beautiful card. Take care, and love to you both, Ali xxx

  85. Karen June 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    To Ali and Colin, with very best wishes on your wedding day. You deserve all the luck and happiness in the world after going through so much. You have been very brave. I enjoy reading your blogs and hearing about your lovely family. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful wedding photos I’m sure you will look lovely, although you always do. Sending you lots of best wishes.

  86. Alpa June 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,

    I’m beyond thrilled for you, Colin and all your family. Wishing you a beautiful wedding day, filled with all the love and happiness in the world.

    Apologies for not writing recently. Thank you so much for thinking of me. Thanks also to my dear Debz, Jo, Jilly, Sue and Janet for thinking of me and their kind words.

    Enjoy your special day, Ali.

    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  87. Judith Lennon June 25, 2015 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    hello bride to be! Just wanted to wish you a magical day. May the sun shine on you both always. You have both been through such tough times and now the future together will prove your strength and love for each other has overcome the past. I will be thinking of you. Have a wonderful day and many many congratulations. Big hugs and lots of love as always Judith xxxx

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