Bonus blog – Bradley’s wedding!


Debbie, Brad and KariMY BOY GETS WED!
- Mother of the Groom – whoop whoop!

- Brad and Kari’s big day in pictures

- Funniest best man speech ever!

- And how the happy couple made it one of the best days of my life



Wedding Loseley Park








Group family photoSo it was finally here! All those months, no, years of planning and here we all were on Friday afternoon – at the prestigious surroundings of Loseley House near Godalming, Surrey, about to witness the marriage of my lovely boy Brad and his fabulous fiancée Kari.

Brad’s cousin Ricky was the best man and Lauren, my daughter, was one of the five bridesmaids. Ricky’s sister Becky is also pictured here. So lucky the weather held out! Even had sunny spells!


Debbie, Ricky, Bradley and Kari We’d had a few weeks of manic anticipation whilst the final touches were put to the outfits – mine was based on an Antthony Design which we do here at QVC, which I knew at first sight would be my ideal ‘frock’ for this important occasion!

Antthony, the lovely man and my dear friend, then did a one-off for me in the colour of my choice, a deep aubergine purple, and did some alterations and voila!





Mother of the groom seatMother of the Groom! Hat from Debenhams and shoes from New Look – hehe!

Bag tho, was a Lulu Guinness – the birdcage one, perfect for me, given what I had to carry and the fact that on the bottom is a button that plays birdsong – made it a kitsch must-have!







Debbie and Lin at the weddingSister Linda also looked fab (she’s the Red Carpet Manicure guest and did my nails in ‘Publicity Stunt’ purple for the day!)

Brad decided upon the full regalia, with top hat and tails on himself and all his ushers – not only Ricky but school and uni pals Omar, Woody, Sam and Andy & co.






Brad with his wedding ushersThey had some funny shots outside whilst they greeted everyone, as well as the standard shots too! I like this one – Brad was so excited!

So inside we went into the marvellous hall, the exterior is superb – authentic, from the 16th Century – and it’s still used as a family home! (You can even see some of the family photos on display in the background of some of the shots).



String trioThe couple had chosen a wonderful string trio to play during the build-up and it was a perfect fit with the setting and the day.

Brad was waiting patiently before a massive family portrait from the 1700s  and after a short delay (bride’s hair needed final touches!) they were here!




The bridesmaidsThe bridesmaids looked gorgeous – again, all the work of the talented designer Antthony Mark Hankins from his JM Studio range – and consisted of Lauren together with Kari’s family and friends – Kiri, Kate, Gemma, and Chloe.





Order of the day and hat Bradley before the ceremony







The service was lovely – they exchanged vows and yes, everyone got a bit teary! That was the moment when I wondered if my make-up would last! Having worn it all off at the Breast Cancer Care luncheon during the week (see last blog!) I had tons of tissues at the ready just in case.

But – although I welled up - it didn’t brim over. Yay! Then the rest of the day, I was just so overjoyed for them, and it had been such a long time coming, that I just felt happiness rather than tears… mostly! Lol. Then Lauren did her reading – beautifully.

Brad and Kari at the wedding tableFinally, the registrar took over for the signing of the register and it was official! The only thing was, having gone 26 years with a boy called Bradley Derek Gordon Flint Carter, it never once occurred to me it might be a bit of a mouthful during a wedding ceremony!

And yes, it raised a titter every time it was mentioned – and Kari only slipped up once! Again to much amusement!

So the trio started playing once more, everyone filed outside and finally, they were man and wife! See the newlyweds here.



Brad and Kari in front of crowd

Then it was time for everyone to go outside for one of those arty group shots with the photographer hanging out the window – I look forward to seeing that when they get back from their honeymoon!







Next, it was round to the White Garden – the walled area where a beautiful fountain and marquee were set up for drinks and canapés, where we had several more photos – here are just a selection of friends, family and the bridal party.

Debbie with her children and their partners All the ladies at the wedding






Debbie with her siblings Children at the wedding







The beautiful bridesmaids Their wedding rings








Then we trooped across to the lovely picturesque barn conversion (me having changed into my reserve pair of comfier shoes for the walk, note!) and the feasting began.

The food was lovely – we chose the veggie option, the other option was lamb. And I allowed myself most of the dessert – a rarity for me (as you may know, I’m mostly macrobiotic! The next day I got a sugar hangover as a result – haha!) and it was all amazing.

The place looked lovely – the flowers they’d done were fab, plus ivy and fairy lights which looked very charming on the ancient oak beams.

Here’s a little snippet of what it was like inside during the reception!

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Brad and Kari had done little messages inside the name place settings too, made their own sponge-cake-on-a-stick favours, had party hats and fancy dress under the table too, all of which helped to make it a really fun occasion!

Fancy dress at the weddingAbout 100 people in all to the sit down. More pics for you – including one of the stars of the night – 83 year old grandma Doris, who lasted till the end and danced ‘down wiv da kids’! lol






The food was delicious!

The starter The main course Dessert






Wedding cakeThe wedding cake was done by Lauren’s clever boyfriend Nick Pitt, apart from the toppers – Brad and Kari provided the ‘lobsters’.

It was very special and alluded to the 'Friends' episode where Phoebe says "He’s her lobster!" – like swans, they mate once! Hehe! Well, according to Phoebe and that’s good enough!






Then, it was speech time – and Ricky’s cleverley delivered speech included a slide show of pics of Bradley – from when they were babies till the recent stag do in Ibiza – and only one was really embarrassing – fortunately! Lol!

Ricky had even included a short video clip of Brad’s TV ad when he was modelling as a child – so cute – he’s the youngster in this ad (click here to see it on YouTube but don’t blink or you’ll miss it!)

Ricky's funny best man speechRik’s made me really proud – he’s been a bit like a second son and a brother to Brad over the years and who knows, maybe he’ll be next with his lovely girlfriend Sophie! Well done Ricky!






Rollercoaster bandAnd at last it was strike up the band time! The band was a fantastic ensemble called ‘Rollercoaster’ ( (click here to see one of their videos) whom I would highly recommend.

The thing that made it so special – apart from getting the music choices EXACTLY right – was the fiddle player – it added real character to the night and they were so professional and did everything they were expected to do – no fuss, no drama, no problem.

Plus they played disco music in between sets too.  I’d highly recommend them so do email an enquiry if you have a special event coming up – they are busy but it might be worth booking your date around their availability – they were so brilliant.

In fact, if I … no WHEN I, get married again (#justGotToFindTheManfirst!) I would absolutely book those guys for the party! Here’s a snippet of the action!

I’d have included the Brad and Kari special dance – yes, they did a little funny routine, after fooling everyone into thinking it was just a normal ‘first dance’ – but I haven’t got their permission so I won’t, for now!

It was lovely to see so many people and so much fun and frivolity.  And some special touches which really made it a night to remember. The photographer, Sarah Elvin Photography (, also provided a quirky ‘photo booth’ fancy dress facility, which gave rise to some hilarious shots! Here’s just a few.

Brad and Kari in the photobooth Lara in the photobooth







Group photobooth picture Brad and Kari having fun in the photobooth









Message tree and photo montage

Also, in the foyer, Brad and Kari had left a ‘message tree’, where people could post their little luggage tags with little messages on instead of a guest book.

And they’d put a big collage of black and white pics of all the reception guests too – how lovely! And just in case anyone missed getting a pic with the newlyweds, they’d even produced a life-size black and white version of themselves for the purpose!




Debbie and Lin pose with cut-outAnd then it was home time! Lots of sore feet, and I’m sure sore heads the next day. I was the last to leave, once the newly-weds had zipped through the ‘people-arches’ to their awaiting cab to whisk them away to their posh hotel for the night.





It was a lovely day, one of the best most memorable days of my life, and I can only thank them for making it so, so special.

One down, one to go! Hehe! Lauren, are you listening? Just kidding!


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Debbie at the weddingBest wishes,

Mother of the Groom





  1. norma October 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi debbie photos are gorgeous everyone seemed to have a great day a one to remember with a smile, I was like you at my son’s wedding,proud, happy and loved my new daughter in law, ahhhh:) xx

  2. Christine October 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs.
    You looked fab!
    Glad it went well and everyone had a great day.
    Love the message tree, what a great idea.

  3. Denise Pilcher October 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    What an amazing day you all had-you all looked stunning. Nothing like a wedding to bring all the people you love together.

  4. Linda Connolly October 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    Debbie, you are very photogenic. Very handsome son. Congratulations!

  5. jean hookway October 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    well done Debbie what a lovely wedding , you all looked very happy, I wish the couple a long and happy life to-gether best wishes to you all Jean a very happy qvc customer

  6. ELaine October 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs what a lovely wedding you all looked fantastic.You looked like a very proud mum as so you should be.Some lovely memories for you to treasure .Congratulations to the bride and groom and thanks for sharing the day with us x

  7. Nigel October 8, 2013 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Luv the lobsters – hope they were saved rather than boiled!
    Great outfit – sorted for Ascot Ladies day in June maybe! lol,
    Nige :))

  8. Elaine Spencer October 8, 2013 at 1:12 am -  Reply

    looks like u had the most perfect day!! Congrats!! to all. xx

  9. Eileen Archibald October 8, 2013 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Oh Debbie so glad you all had a great day and no disasters. I remember my daughters wedding – such a wonderful day. When they came back from their honeymoon I asked if we could do it all again. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Julie Toye October 8, 2013 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!! What a beautiful couple, it looks like an amazing day was had by all. Thanks for sharing the photos! p.s. i love the lobsters! xxx

  11. Christine Stanborough October 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Debbie on gaining another member of the family. It looked to be the perfect day.
    Like you I managed to keep the tears at bay at my sons wedding but again like you it was such a joyous occasion so they were not really needed.
    Again congratulations to you and of course to the happy couple and you looked fab by the way which of course was never in doubt. xxx

  12. Elizabeth October 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie. What a fantastic, glorious day you all must have had. What a handsome son you have. The very best of luck for a beautiful couple. You looked fantastic, as did the beautiful bridesmaids in their gorgeous Antthony dresses. Thank you for sharing such a special day with us all. X

  13. sandra williamson October 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie , Thanks for sharing the photos.You look amazing and what a special day with great memories.That’s what life is all about x

  14. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    glad you enjoyed the wedding of your brad

  15. Tracy Holvey Grenter October 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Looks like you all had an amazing day, thank you for sharing it with us.
    Love and best wishes
    Tracy xx

  16. Sharon harvey October 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Wow!! This actually made me tear up!! I LOVE love and I love weddings!
    How proud you must have been and it looks like everything went perfect! Awwww well done Brad & Kari! As much as they are going to have an AMAZING honeymoon secretly they will also be excited about coming home and hearing everyone’s stories and seeing all the photos from their wedding!
    Enjoy this special time xxx

  17. Mo Whitelaw October 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Aww Debs! What a lovely blog this week….. so much about the wedding I feel like I was there 🙂 son and daughter in law absolutely gorgeous obviously as were yourself and sis and well everyone else. Looked like a brilliant day!!! xx

  18. Jill Dowding-Walker October 9, 2013 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    What a fantastic day you all had! Thank you for so generously sharing it with us. Reading about it and seeing these images made me grin from ear to ear!
    The photos are wonderful, colourful and vibrant with joy! Congratulations to your son and new daughter! I am wishing them eternally lasting love and happiness. If I had a label to put on their wedding wishing tree, that would be what I’d write! (Fab idea!)
    You looked stunning – oh I do love Antthony clothing; so stylish, classic and timeless! Of course purple is my favourite colour too!
    Lots of love to you all! x x x

  19. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:08 am -  Reply

    Norma –
    thanks hon! My new daughter in law (have to get used to saying that!) Kari is also lovely! big hugs d x

  20. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:09 am -  Reply

    Christine –
    yes, and they had some lovely messages left to read when they return from honeymoon too!

  21. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:10 am -  Reply

    Denise –
    yes you’re right! It was really nice to see some people I hadn’t seen for donkey’s years, like my son’s godfather’s wife, and some of my kids’ northern family from Manchester (the boys in the photo booth pic!). Good times!

  22. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:11 am -  Reply

    Linda –
    Jean –
    thank you ladies!
    very special day indeed!

  23. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:44 am -  Reply

    Elaine –
    yes one of the proudest days of my life! Loved every minute!

  24. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:45 am -  Reply

    Nige –
    hah! Yeh, just need someone to take me! lol
    #notFoundMyOwnLobsterYet 🙂

  25. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:46 am -  Reply

    thanks so much! Yes it was fab – ta for commenting hon!

  26. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:47 am -  Reply

    Eileen –
    oh I so know what you mean! To look around at everyone and everything that was happening, and know my son was responsible for it all, and his lovely ‘wife’, and as I tell him – frequently – I made him! lol!

  27. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:49 am -  Reply

    Julie –
    yes the lobsters went down a storm! Only ‘Friends’ fans would know immediately what they were all about tho! A lot more original than swans, eh?!
    It tasted amazing too! In fact the head waiter commented that a lot of cakes they cut up LOOK ok but don’t taste anywhere as near as Nick’s one did! d x

  28. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:50 am -  Reply

    Christine –
    yes, it was the most perfect outfit, Antthony did me proud! Sooooo comfortable too!

  29. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:52 am -  Reply

    Elizabeth –
    Yes the lovely guy did a smashing job of the bridesmaids’ dresses as well – totally original design, jersey with chiffon overlay – the girls were well-happy!

  30. debbs f October 9, 2013 at 2:53 am -  Reply

    Sandra –
    ain’t it just!!
    That’s all you have to tell yourself, no matter what little niggles come up and get in the way of having a fab day – it’s all about seeing the joy and making the best of each and every moment! That’s for sure!
    🙂 x

  31. Gail October 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    You weren’t the Mother of the Groom by any
    chance Debs, hee hee. Sounds great though, don’t it? The day sounded absolutely beautiful and I’m thrilled the weather held out for the special day. Thanks for sharing it all with us as I really enjoyed reading about it and seeing those lovely photos. Everyone looked amazing, including the Mother of the Groom!!! Can’t believe you haven’t been snapped up Debs xx

  32. K.Salisbury October 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Debbie-i love weddings and really enjoyed reading about, and watching, yours-well- your son and daughter-in-laws’. I thoroughly enjoyed my son, and daughters weddings-two of the happiest days of my life over 4 years ago-the 2 were 5 months apart!!!!!That warm feeling never fades for a mum and we must cherish those rare, totally happy days.May they be blessed with a very happy future together-Kari is lucky to have you as a lively and bubbly mum-in-law. Thank you for sharing it. Love Kay.XXX

  33. Tania October 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful couple! So glad it went well and everyone enjoyed themselves. The venue looks stunning. May check out the band, thanks for sharing the link.
    Y’am good ‘un x

  34. Angela October 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, You looked gorgeous, loved your outfit. What a handsome son you have and his beautiful wife. Thankyou for sharing your day.

  35. LINDA October 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, you all looked fabulous, what a wonderful day , everyone looked so happy, youre outfit was beautiful, I had been waiting to see what Antthony had made for you, he did you proud. best wishes to all, Linda.

  36. Jean Reynolds October 12, 2013 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie. You all looked beautiful and Antthony did you proud with your outfit. Such a wonderful ending to the many months of planning. Thank you for sharing your lovely pics.

  37. Marie-Anne Watson October 12, 2013 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Thank you Debbie for sharing the day with us. The photos are gorgeous and so are you. You looked amazing! What a proud mother of the groom! Your turn will come, you see. I met my second husband at the age of 68 and got married when I was 69, having been on my own for over 20 years. So you see, your time will come when you meet the right one. All the best Debbie, you’re great. Thanks again, for sharing this beautiful day with us. xxx

  38. susanne fitzpatrick October 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Congrats to you and the newly-weds but what’s happened to Mr Back of My Tandem?? Do tell. Fingers crossed love will find you too – you’re such a lovely lady.
    All good wishes to you.

  39. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    hope you had agreat day at your brads wedding

  40. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    martin –
    yes it was a lovely day thank you!

  41. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Tracy –
    yes my absolute pleasure! It’s been lovely reading everyone’s replies! Thanks hon!

  42. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Sharon –
    yes, you and many others! As I said, I ‘welled’ rather than ‘spilled’ – but it was a close run thing! hehe!
    Beautiful Beautiful day for sure!
    ta for caring and being a fab pal!

  43. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Mo –
    yes everyone looked wonderful – I was so proud of my extended family as well, looking delightful!
    Wish we’d managed to get a huge pic of everyone in our family but the gardens didn’t have enough room and the logistics meant it wasn’t possible, but lots of montages to make it special!

  44. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Jill –
    lovely message – good one! Yes Antthony outfits were fab – he’s done such a sterling job – I can’t fault them. The bridesmaids were in one-offs and so was I, altho mine is almost identical to one we do sometimes – with my ‘Debbie-fying’ details added! hehe!
    Glad you enjoyed the blog hon!

  45. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Gail –
    Well I live in hope! hehe!
    Yes I adored being Mother of the Groom – a one off TiFFT for sure!
    Thanks for your lovely comment!

  46. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Kay –
    glad you enjoyed the blog too hon! Yes, one of the best days of my life for sure, like yours. So your Kids will celebrate anniversaries very close each year too!
    So happy you shared the joy like I did!

  47. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Tania –
    yes, I’d highly recommend the band – they’re not cheap but not disgustingly dear either! Fab day!

  48. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Angela –
    Glad you enjoyed the pics etc hon – and yes he is very very handsome – am very very proud!
    thanks for your comment!

  49. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Linda –
    yes everyone was very happy – it was a day filled with joy all round! And Antthony did me proud – such a comfortable dress indeed!
    ta for leaving a comment!

  50. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Jean –
    you’re not kidding! The kids had been planning it for about two years! lol! Brad and Kari are so well-suited that’s for sure! Thanks for leaving me a comment hon!
    v kind

  51. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Marie-Anne –
    What an uplifting story! Is yours a bit like the romance in my short story ‘The Valentine’s Surprise’ on amazon? lol! Never too late for love? I live in hope – so does my mum! hehe.
    Best wishes and thanks for making my heart smile.

  52. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Susanne –
    Haha! Wondered when someone might ask! Well Mr BOMT and I realised we were better off as writing partners , than life partners! Am writing a TV pilot with him – he’s very talented in that department!
    Ta for caring hon

  53. debbs f October 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Martin –
    ta for caring

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