The wedding!


The happy coupleWell the Gods were certainly smiling on us this last weekend weren't they? What an unbelievably beautiful day – as so many folk at Em’s wedding said, "If you could guarantee the weather in England, you’d never need to travel abroad!".

I know that some of you have already been away, but hope having written that, that you were indeed bathed in sunlight and enjoying the incredible warmth – I know it may not have been the entire British Isles who were treated, but for a wedding it couldn't have been better…
Colin and I drove down to my sister's on the Friday afternoon… well I say drove, you could have walked faster than we were travelling at some points of the journey! The M25 was gridlocked so we decided to circumnavigate via Staines, but could have travelled to John O Groats and back in the time it took us! All that said, Jenny and Linda were waiting for us with pizza and a glass of wine in the garden, so all was good πŸ™‚  

AliI think I mentioned I had been asked to do not just Em the bride's make-up, but my sister Jenny and her daughter Verity too (who was a bridesmaid). However, before that happened, Jenny and I went together to the hair salon where she was having an up do!

Not only was it good just to be together, but she wanted moral support incase the whole affair was a tad more bouffant than she wanted! She needn't have worried (although the backbrushing was a little fierce) as the finished effect looked fabulous with her hair in a beautiful chignon, sized perfectly to fit under her hat πŸ™‚  

Having returned home to gather our outfits and my mighty make-up case, we headed off to Em's to meet Verity and the other bridesmaids. Weddings are so exciting aren't they?! I hadn't seen Verity since Christmas, but Emily had popped in to see me in March when we'd talked about her wedding dress – my gift to her. 

Em and her MumThis was the first time I'd seen the dress, and it was beautiful…. I stood listening to her talk about how she was going to wear her hair and how each of the bridesmaids' dresses were slightly different…

It took me back to when she was a little girl and was so meticulous when choosing her outfits. She had stayed with us one weekend, and was heartbroken when a bright red iced lolly melted down the front of her sundress! Jenny was none too pleased either I remember, as we had the devil's own job trying to get the colour out! πŸ™‚ I looked at the beautiful cream creation hanging on the back of the door – complete with layer after layer of fine net and satin – and agreed with her that the wedding dress was the perfect choice for her very special day… 

Mum and the two of usI found a suitably large spot on the bed to place my make-up case, and set to work… I have over the years managed to convert my sister and both her girls to using bareMinerals, and so getting the make-up right wasn't such a risk after all. Coupled with some of Laura Geller's beautiful colours and highlighters, all three were sorted in plenty of time, and very pleased with how they looked πŸ™‚ I felt really chuffed to have been just a small part of the big day!

There was just time to grab a small glass of champagne and have a bite to eat before the cars and Colin arrived and we were whisked off to the church. There we met mum, who had chosen a beautiful purple and navy dress with matching fascinator and shoes! She looked lovely, as did her partner Joe who had co-ordinated his shirt and tie in a rather fetching shade of lilac πŸ™‚ We had a brief chat before moving out of the bright sunlight into the relative coolness of the church.

Verity and her chap DannyAlthough we had spent time at Christmas with Verity, her lovely man Danny, and of course Paul, we'd never actually met his family before. I'd heard a lot about them over the years, but had completely forgotten that he had an identical twin.

This wouldn't normally have posed a problem except on entering the church, I thought it was a little unusual that the groom should be handing out the Order of Service, but gave him a big kiss anyway and said he looked gorgeous!  He gave me a huge smile and said "I don't think we've met – I'm Paul's brother"…Oooops!!! πŸ™‚  

The service was beautiful, the setting perfect, and as you can see from the photographs, Em and Paul so very much in love. The venue for the reception was idyllic too, considering they'd booked it just four weeks previously, having been let down by their original choice!

Ali with Colin at Em's weddingThere was Pimms, a Hog Roast and some brilliant speeches from Paul, his best man and the bride's Dad Jonathan. We used to go to school together and he and Jenny started dating when they were in their late teens… so many shared memories, including ones of my late father, whom Jonathan mentioned in his speech.

I admit to shedding a few silent tears as I remembered that it was almost 25 years to the day since Dad died… he would have so loved to have been there I know…

I think I must have eaten my entire body weight in pork crackling before Lucy and Richard joined us for the evening. As I stood up to greet them, I caught my five inch heel in the bow of my other shoe and went straight down onto my face like a ninepin!! The humiliation! Everyone was very concerned, but I was absolutely fine, although my nose was numb for a while πŸ™‚  

Colin's birthday cakeThe evening continued with more food, fab music and dancing, and we all ate, drank and got slightly merry before venturing out into the still, warm night air and heading home. It couldn't have been more perfect. I hope you like the photographs, and thought it would make you laugh to see Colin with the 'headless woman' aka me – the pitfalls of wearing a large, dark-coloured hat on a cloudless sunny day! πŸ™‚

This week sees Colin's 'big' birthday and a few nights with his family in Devon. Here's a picture of the cake I made for him, but I'll let you know how the weekend goes and promise there will be more photos to follow.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend, enjoy the Jubilee, and do keep in touch,

With my love, Ali xx


  1. Tracy King May 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali Im tearing up reading this post – it all looked and sounded FABULOUS dahlink! It’s my nephews wedding next Friday 8th and I am beyond excited!! this has just brought home the excitement of a wedding! You all looked gorgeous and your outfit as usual was sensational! I’m hoping we get a wee taster of the weather from last weekend. I just realised the other day that David’s wedding day will be 25 yrs to the day that I got married!! our anniversay is the 12th but it was a friday so there you go how romantic eh? I felt for you too about your dad, it is 20 years this year since my dad died (age 47) and David is his oldest grandson, only my niece and my son too. He would so have loved this wedding I think I may get a bit emotional as my nephew has asked my brother to be his best man! oh im filling up now!
    I am frantically making order of services as I type – I just stopped for a breather – honest! I’ve still got place names and table names to do!! The table names just happened to fall into my lap yesterday! David phoned and said ‘Auntie Tracy how do we make the names to put on the tables?’ I think they wanted to make themselves to keep the theme a secret but then hadnt a clue what to do!! Me, being me said email them to me and I’ll do it!! well he is my only nephew!! I had a dress rehearsal with mother last week and she is absolutely gorgeous! Only mishap was she had ordered a butler and wilson crystal bag last year when it was a tsv and put it away for the occasion and last week when she looked it out to see the complete outfit I said I’m really sorry but the bag just doesnt go with the outfit, but It will go perfectly with mine haha!! It does too! Downside being im scouring the internet for a bag for her for next Fri!! eek! I had a dress rehearsal with my girlfriends last night as I hadnt shown them my dress yet and they both agreed its FAB! I keep trying it on!! Only bad thing I think I overdid the zumba last week and have ended up with a shin splint with soft tissue damage!! hobbling about – OMG!! what if I cant get my bling shoe on coz Iv got an elephant leg?? It might be a high heel and baffie combo!! I’ll maybe buy a wee pair of flatties (which I hate) but needs must! theyl be suitably bling of course – just in case of emergencies!! I have tried my shoe on but leg screams a wee bit so softly softly I’ve got a week and a box of anti inflammatory tablets!!
    Oh I have rambled today but its nervous excitment (Fronk is on fire haha)!! I’ll write after next week and let you know how our day went.
    Love to you and yours (happy birthday to colin)
    Big wedding hugz
    Tracy (aka Fronk) and Cathy by proxy xxx

  2. Debz & Ainzley May 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a wonderful blog as always. You certainly “sounded” a bit more upbeat than the last one so I am hoping that you are beginning to turn that rather large corner and start to get a semblance of normality (whatever that is) back into your life.
    The pictures are gorgeous and it sound like a good time was had by all!! Are you sure your fall was a shoe malfunction or champagne overload πŸ˜‰ Only kidding, glad you were Ok. The headless lady photo was a bit odd but at least and we got to see what a handsome chap Colin is!!
    The cake you’ve made for his birthday looks wonderful Jayne Asher move over eh?
    All is the same as usual here. Ainzley was 15 last Monday. No cake or treats for him mind you as he has a poorly liver and has to have a special diet. I did give him and extra half scoop of his special food though which seemed to do the trick!! It’s off to the vets with him next Friday so fingers crossed he behaves!!
    Love to all the lovely ladies in Ali’s Army. I do hope the warm weather helped to raise your spirits a little as it did mine!
    Lots of love and licks

  3. Joanna Downey May 31, 2012 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, What a fabulous wedding on a glorious day. We all know that your family are a good-looking group and obviously your extended one is too! I love the fact that your mum and her man co-ordinated their outfits and even headless you looked wonderful. I thought I was the only one who ended up with one shoe getting involved with the other. I know people only want to see that I’m alright but their concern just makes my humiliation worse. I usually have questions rasied about my alcohol intake and I don’t think it’ll be to long before I’m told that I don’t want to get a broken hip so flat shoes might be worth considering… I once got tangled in the hem of my dress when at the very posh house of one of Col’s customers. Apparently my head missed the large metal peg at the corner of the marquee by millimetres, the fuss was awful and even the band stopped playing. I wanted to run away and hide but I’d probably have tripped up again so just gathered up the tatters of my pride and counted the hours until we could go home. While you were drinking wedding champagne I was on the ‘Pimms’ at Chelsea. I had said that I was hoping it would be warm enough to wear just a few layers then last Monday dawned and we were catapulted into high Summer so I ended up wearing my lightest maxi and Birkis and had one of those “Perfect Days”. Everything, from the trains all running on time and matching up, to the sights and fragrances that are only Chelsea made it so special and I can’t wait for next year. I always have my ticket as a Christmas present from Col and I love it. My favourite gardens were the Laurent-Perrier one which was blissful and the L’occitane one which was a litle piece of the Med in SW3. Next day it was a trip to see Bex and Ant to belatedly celebrate her birthday. I now have one day left at school before half term which will be full of gardening and decorating. You sound your sparkling self and hopefully you’re getting stronger as each day goes by. Love from Jo x

  4. Julie May 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad the Wedding went well. You were so fortunate with the weather-I expect that’s our summer esp here in Wales!! Lovely photo’s too. Only you could fall though couldn’t you? sorry but if anyone falls I’m terrible I have to laugh. My husband reckons I don’t laugh at jokes but if someone falls or trips I’m in stitches.
    Hope you have/had a lovely weekend for Colin’s birthday-not only make up artist now but a baker!
    Hope you’re feeling loads better and building up more strength.
    Will keep you informed about things
    Take care
    Julie xxx Lily xxxxxxx

  5. Elaine sallis May 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali what lovely pictures of the wedding what beautiful weather you had. You did make me laugh with the description of the spectacular nose dive! Weddings seem to have that effect I fell flat on my back at Adams wedding in January and I was sober at that point. I quickly got up and hoped no one had noticed, until the best man commented on my fall being particularly spectacular as the glass of wine I was carrying at the time did not spill a drop. Are there no end to your talents woman not only are you knitting you make beautiful cakes so thats one baby cardigan and a christening cake please.
    Lots of love Elaine x

  6. Liz, Morecambe June 1, 2012 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How lovely of you to share the fab ‘big’ day with us again – it looks and sounds like it was just perfect (we’ll ignore your little mishap!!). You look great in your outfit and no-one would know what you’ve been through.
    I have been very busy since getting back from Mallorca. Had a week of catching up with friends for lunches and then had appointment to have scar checked. It’s brill and as I looked and felt well, I have been officially discharged from the breast clinic and left in the hands of my oncologist – after all there isn’t exactly anything for the surgical team to deal with any more!!! Last Thursday, my other half and I went to Paris for a few days. We had an excellent hotel in the centre 50 yards from the river. I went and did some cultural bits of sightseeing in some of the museums which I love and then we spent a lot of time sitting by the river watching daily life go by as it was soooo hot. Got back late Monday and on Weds, I went off to the BBC Media City at Manchester with Mum and Dad on a tour behind the scenes. It was fascinating and the guides were excellent. I sat on the BBC Breakfast sofa for a pic and operated the auto-cue while others were filmed ‘presenting’ the news. Think that could be my new career!!!! Also stood in front of the weather board but it was showing a lot of rain so that could have been better. A great visit and really fun.
    Catching up with some other friends next week after the Jubilee events and then my next regular treatment before trotting off to Mallorca and seeing Magda again. That will be lovely.
    Oh and I have a friend who is a model in the BCC fashion show so I have told her to say hello to you from me if and when she meets you.
    Must go now and help my other half – we are getting a new front door and surround today and he needs my help to get rid of some brick work and tiles!!!
    Thinking of all of Ali’s army and hoping things get better for those who are struggling with difficult times.
    Love and hugs, Liz xx

  7. cyl June 1, 2012 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali so glad the wedding went well you looked beautiful but then you always do,like you and colin I’m older than my husband by 15 months and we’ve been married 39years this december. keep doing well.luv cyl x

  8. qvc June 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali-what a lovely wedding-love the photo of the 3 lovely ladies together. You looked lovely-as always. How are you feeling now? Hope Colin’s Birthday goes well.Hope your nose is better—-oooops!!!!!!The perils of high heels-they do have a habit of putting us in our place-even when we do not deserve it. I must admit to feeling a little sad at the end of Marco Polo house. It has been part of my living room for the past 19-20 years, and I spent a lovely fashion day there once and I thought it a beautiful and impressive building. It will be sad to watch Julia spend her last (Honora?) show there after all this time. Good luck in Chiswick.I hope it brings you much luck and good health. Love K.XXX

  9. Pauline Johnson June 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Glad wedding was all you hoped for I live near Staines so that must have been a experience for you ha ha.And I hoped you noticed it is now Staines on Thames,our council love wasting money !!!!!.You are looking great by the way.
    Love Pauline

  10. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen June 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    hope you are well and the wedding went well

  11. Susan June 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a gorgeous blog!!! What stunning couples you all are!! A family of gorgeousness!! You and Colin – that photo is so funny. Colin is so handsome. I always think that! And the bride, Verity and her man, and the groom, your Mum and sis…my word the list goes on!! So glad you got perfect weather, you had a fab day and had a few funny moments. No wedding would be complete without those funny mishaps lol. Colin’s cake is brilliant!! Can’t wait to hear about the weekend. Debs said she had you to stay recently and you had a lovely time. Lovely.
    Enjoy your sunny weekend!
    Susan x

  12. Babs lincsxxx June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali Every time i read your blogs i cry buckets. Ican feel the love and happiness you and your family have for each other.What lovely photos,as always you look beautiful as does the bride,your mum and sister. A lovely happy day,it makes me so happy to see how well you are, also your mum looks so happy and well.The bride looks beautiful and radient. I wish the bride and groom long life and happiness. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Colin, another knees up Ali.Looking forward to your next blog and pics. Love to you and your family xxxxx Babs

  13. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen June 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you are well .how did the wedding go

  14. Mrs Norma Smithson June 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali What a wonderful blog, happiness, a tinge of sadness when remembering your dad, and remembering all the times you spent with Emily as she was growing up. Pity about the picture of you and Colin, it would have been really good, because you both looked really cool!.
    That’s the problem with five inch heels, I’m trying to think how many years it is since I last wore heels any where near that high, glad it was only superficial, but I bet your nose was sore. Wish Colin a very happy big birthday, I think my fifties were some of the best times me and my husband had, still young enough to enjoy but mature enough to go too far. Hope all is going well with your recovery Ali, Take care lots of love Norma xx

  15. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen June 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    hi alsion hope you are well .how did the wedding go

  16. Norma Smithson June 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali What a wonderful day you had (apart from your fall), the pics are great especially the one with your sister and your mum, definately one for the album. Emily looked beautiful in her wonderful dress, what a wonderful gift. Hope your recuperation is going well and you continue to improve day by day, wanting you back on QVC but not at the expense of your health. Hope Colin has a wonderful birthday, my happiest times were after I had reached the 50 milestone. Thank you for your blogs, they really are special, they make me smile a lot and on occasions I’ve shed a tear but they always end on an uplifting note, you really are a special lady lol Norma

  17. Rhona Fenton June 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison what a fantastic wedding everyone looks amazing, so glad all went well on the big day:) and you have an Emily, so do I my lovely neice Emily who I also call Em’s:) loved hearing all about the big day but you never let us down for a laugh my sides as I read about your five inch heel, it’s not funny but the way you tell it one can only but laugh:) so glad you were alright:) back to more celebrations now I hope Colin has a fantastic Birthday please pass on our Best wishes to him:) and what a fantastic job you have done off his cake, is there no end to your talent? have a fantasic Holiday weekend also:) love Rhona xx

  18. mary morphy June 5, 2012 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    Happy Jubilation weekend Ali and I hope you and your family have had a super BH weekend despite the terible weather although you may have been lucky enough to have a little sunshine..not much evident in Westgate I am afraid..Saturday saw us near Hastings for Chloes County cricket match V Surrey; very windy, cloudy and again wrapped up like winter. The girls were all glowing red at the end of the game with wind burn. However they did win and the match finished so early that we had to wait for the pub to open (a first) but the landlord was waiting outside when we arrived saying he was waiting for a flypast by an old plane. The girls looked puzzled and minutes later a battered grey plane came soaring over us and we stiffled our giggles as the landlord announced that he new the pilot and started waving his arms about rather frantically. Nought so strange as folk!!
    However, the weekend befor was scorching; must have been the same weekend as the wedding; you looked amazing and what a fabulous time you all had and I hope the nose is less numb now. Its lovely to get involved and it sounds like you did an amazing job with the makeup so well done you. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘reading all about it’ you paint a wonderful picture with your writing.
    We were in a field behind Leeds Castle on that hot Sunday with no shade, a small clubhouse and one portaloo for another cricket match…I ended up looking like a hog roast that day and felt very crispy the following morning and have now shed a layer of skin like a snake!!
    It was my nephews 18th biurthday on 3rd June so I made a cake for him in Jubilee colours.. a big parcel with icing ribbons on a stand above 18 huge cupcakes in union jack cases all suitably decorated. We had a lovely family brunch then went to the pub…due to gale force winds and driving rain it was to the nearest one rather than the planned walked along the seafront to the preferred ‘Fayreness’ in Kingsgate near Broadstairs. Still it didn’t dampen our spirits and we all enjoyed a lovely drink to Andrew and devoured the most amazing yorkshire puddings which were stacked on large metal horseshoes…a simple but most pleasurable thing.
    By the way, Colin’s cake looks great..we should do a collaboration!! I hope you are continuing to recover well and look forward to seeing you on our screen soon. Much love Mary xxx

  19. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kath (aka Fronk) – I feel exhausted just reading about your grand wedding build up!!! How are the shin splints, the search for a handbag for the new in-law, your shoes -bling or not bling – (or flatties – depending on your soft tissue damage!!)??? Not only all that but having to make up all the table names, which I think was really kind of you to take on πŸ™‚ Your family sound really close, and I thinks it’s wonderful that your brother is going to be the best man. Reading all about your plans for the big day, and I can completely understand how much you must miss your Dad, but I am sure he’ll be there smiling down on you all – particularly you and your husband as you celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary… So with only two days to go, I am sending you my love, prayers for a dry if not sunny day, and hope very much that your Zumba injury will not in any way curtail your joy or ability to dance on the day! πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting us all in on your big event, and I’m sure there will be plenty others in Ali’s Army who will look forward to hearing all about it πŸ™‚ Ali xxxx

  20. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Debz and Ainzley, great as always to hear from you, and can confirm that the shoe malfunction was just that and not a champagne overload, although I was mortified thinking that all folk would imagine that to be the case! So, a big birthday for your Ainzley as well as my Colin! Good luck with your vet’s visit next Friday – they must all be keeping their fingers crossed that he behaves! πŸ™‚ It’s a shame the sunshine has taken a back seat, but was so glad that at least it bathed London yesterday afternoon and evening for the Jubilee Concert – Tom Jones and Robbie Williams were particularly spectacular I thought! Lots of love to you and strokes to Ainzley,and thanks for keeping in touch. I hope that your spirits are still more raised than low, Ali xx

  21. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Joanne, glad to know that I am not alone when it comes to falling off one’s shoes!! How embarrasing for you but how wonderful to replace that memory with your perfect day at the Chelsea Flower Show. What a thoughtful present to have been given the tickets to go, and having only attended once, I can completely agree with you that it is indeed a really special event, made even more perfect when the sun shines πŸ™‚ I hope that your week of decorating and gardening aren’t wearing you out too much, and that you had some time to relax. I’m getting there – a little stronger each day – and back to walking my country path again πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked the photos of the wedding (even the headless one) and I shall pass on your very generous comments πŸ™‚ Take care, Love Ali xx

  22. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, reading your reply I can totally understand your sense of humour… one of my favourite comedy moments on TV is when Del Boy falls through the bar hatch, and poor Nancy Reagan years ago, disappeared down a hole whilst greeting people on a podium! She was fine, but it was very funny to watch πŸ™‚ Like us you probably haven’t had any more sunshine since last Tuesday, but I feel certain the back end of June will be good – I hope you have a wee break with Lily planned. I’m feeling stronger each day, and have started up my walking again which helps. I will be visiting the new studios in Chiswick for our huge launch day on Thursday, and getting my dressing room straight while there. I hope you enjoyed the Jubilee, love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elaine, that’s three of us hitting the deck at weddings – and all denying it was the alcohol!! πŸ™‚ Not so good to have the best man draw attention to it though, but well done for keeping your wine glass in the upright position – I bet you needed a swig after that! I will do my best with the knitting, but a christening cake would be a joy – the last one I made was for Jack! Have a great week, love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz, always lovely to hear about your busy life – you pack so much in there! Great that you had your time away in Paris, hot on the heels of good news from the breast clinic, and I hope that your next regular treatment will pass without a hitch. I have heard great things about the BBC Media Centre in Manchester. Having worked for Granada TV up there for so many years, it really is quite a creative place to be, and well done you for operating the autocue… I can only read from it, and have never learned to ‘roll’ it, but there is definitely a knack! Do let me know who your friend is that I will be modelling with at the BCC Fashion Show – it’d be great to have a friend in common πŸ™‚ Do say hi to Magda for me won’t you when you arrive in Mallorca – I think it’s going to be Turkey for Colin and I just for a short break before I come back to work. Take it easy, and stay well, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Cyl, married 39 years! That’s fantastic. You must love each other very much πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words about the wedding, and I guess I just beat your 15 month age gap with your husband… Colin is officially two years and two months younger than me! Have a good week, and look after each other, love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan June 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello there to all in Ali’s Army, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been in contact with Una and she is definitely feeling stronger…. It’s been a very long and painful couple of months or so, but she is surrounded by those who love her, and together they are all beginning to heal. She wanted to thank you all for your kind words of hope, and has promised to write to you herself once she is stronger, but in the meantime sends you her love. As of course our love goes out to her, Ali xx

  27. alison keenan June 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Martin, thank you as always for writing, and yes the wedding was indeed a GREAT success! Everyone enjoyed themselves, and there are plenty of fabulous photographs to mark the occasion. It was a shame the weather changed for our weekend away with Colin’s brood, but as always we had a good time inspite of the elements! I hope this finds you well and enjoying your week, love Ali xx

  28. Denise June 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Glad the wedding went well and you look stunning. Hope you and Colin enjoy the Birthday celebrations.
    Love Denise

  29. Marg June 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Love your Nieces wedding pictures, Ali, I am so pleased you have someone like me who takes the daft ones, I had a wee giggle at Colin with headless companion, my album is full of similar shots, in fact I’m known for them now.
    It is lovely that apart from a few stumbing guests, everything went well, I love that ‘ well that went well’ when every one starts to relax on the way home with a head full of’oh I should have’, why didnt I’, well its too late now so forget it, it was a lovely day.
    Birthday wishes to Colin, my son’s is on 8th same as his Grandpas’ who died the Christmas before he was born, he was sent in his place, the same even thoughtful temprement,he is at home this year so anything could happen. I’ll be 30 again on the 21st WILLIAM and I share the day, and Harry shares our anniversary, this is a biggy for us.
    I was delighted to see you had been in touch with Una, that was a lovely surprise,
    Well Ali I know you will have mixed feeling at leaving MP House, but I think we have to believe in ‘the best is yet to come,and won’t it be fine’. So glad to see your taking walks again, we are having a little better than you weatherwise at the moment, but it is colder. I hope you have a great day tomorrow at the new place (must give it a name)after you have your holiday you will know what to expect, please pass my regards on to your Mother, Take Care Ali,

  30. Marg June 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello lADIES,hope the world is treating you with care, Dear ALPHA I wish you were near, I get very annoyed when I read what you are going through,I remember you in my prayers, I just wish I could conjure up someone in the medical world to see you and help you, it is so unfair, we can only go on hoping, never give up hope Alpha. Debs and Ainsley I send you my best, hope all is well with you, DEAR GAIL,how does the warm weather affect you,my Dad didnt like it too much, I was a little bemused when Lulu was talking to the presenter about hand treatments for age marks, she described the treatment,hot wax hand baths, my dad got for his hands knotting up, what a world,I hope you continue to get drugs which cut that pain.
    It was lovely that ALI has been in touch UNA, I hope in your own time we might hear from you, take care sweet girl, lots of love and good wishes to all the ladies, mabye some day we will all meet, till then take care,

  31. Eileen P. June 7, 2012 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, gorgeous photos of the wedding, love the one with your Mum and Sister. I also have a few headless pics in the family album, some of them look quite funny. Hope your nose has healed now, it must have given you quite a shock. I cant remember the last time I wore really high heels, I prefer smaller ones.
    I hope Colin had a lovely birthday, the cake looked brilliant. I watched part of the Honora Pearls TSV last night, have bought the blue and the pink and cant wait to receive them. Hope all goes well for you at Chiswick today and you get your dressing room ready for your return which hopefully wont be too long now. Take things easy and enjoy your country walks, I love getting out walking even to the local park. Take Care and thanks for the brilliant blogs.
    Love Eileen P. xxx

  32. Liz, Morecambe June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali and everybody,
    Glad you heard from Una, Ali. Hope she’ll come back and post as and when she’s ready and it was nice of you to let your army know!
    My friend who is the model in the BCC fashion show is called Mandy Meeks. Her photograph is with all the other models doing the show on the BCC site so it’s not a secret if you know what I mean. Mandy is just so lovely – mad as a hatter but full of fun and with a real zest for life.
    Enjoy your holiday before your return to work – put on that factor 50 or else. Mine is already packed for Mallorca next week.
    Take care everyone.
    Love and hugs as ever, Liz x

  33. Julie Thorogood June 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. So pleased the wedding went well. You looked absolutely gorgeous, as usual. We went to a wedding on Sunday and it poured with rain all day. It was also freezing cold – 9degrees!! – so I’m dead envious of the lovely weather you had. However, we all enjoyed ourselves and my Kim outfit got a lot of compliments so I was well chuffed. Hope the re-cuperation is still going well. Happy Birthday to Colin – love the cake! As always much love.

  34. alison keenan June 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Denise, and thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚ Colin and I and the family all enjoyed his birthday celebrations and my wedding outfit visited another happy occasion when my friend borrowed it this weekend! I hope you’ve had a good weekend, love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan June 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Marg, always lovely to hear from you, and glad I’m not the only one with an album full of strange photographs! πŸ™‚ And you’re right about the generally happy feeling we all had after the wedding – so good when everything goes according to plan. What a lovely sentiment for your Dad – that must have been very hard for you only four months pregnant at the time, but wonderful that your son is at home this year to celebrate his birthday and hopefully yours as well! And your wedding anniversary too – with Royal connections! You’re right about QVC leaving Marco Polo House, and having been to Chiswick Park last Thursday on our first day, I feel very strongly that we’re all going to love it there. I will of course pass on your best to Mum, and thank you for thinking of us both. Take care, love Ali xx

  36. alison keenan June 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Eileen, and I am glad that you liked the wedding photos. I too loved the one of Mum Jenny and I, and think the one of just Jenny and Em is particularly good πŸ™‚ Thank you my nose is fine now, but I won’t be wearing the shoes again I can tell you!! Colin really did enjoy his birthday and the cake was shared between us all – he kept the icing heart, teddy and hat! So glad you bought the Honora Pearls – I have a number of necklaces myself, and the string I bought for mum was her favourite present. Chiswick was very exciting, and I’m halfway towards getting the dressing room unpacked. I am enjoying the walking and Colin and I are off to Turkey at the end of the week before I come back to work, so hopefully seaside walks then πŸ™‚ Thank you for taking the time to write, and I hope you have a good week, love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan June 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Liz, and thanks for letting me know that it’s Mandy whom I should be looking out for at the BCC Fashion Show! Sadly I missed the photo shoot as it was the same as my operation, but I know that rehearsals will start soon, so I will look forward to meeting her then. Colin and I have booked a last minute week to Turkey and yes I have brand new factors 30 to 50 ready to pack! I hope that you have a wonderful time in Mallorca, and we can swap stories when you’re back πŸ™‚ Take Care Liz, and thanks as always for writing, love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan June 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julie, what a shame about the weather for your wedding!! Even worse when it’s cold AND wet! I’m sure though you looked gorgeous in your Kim outfit, and the fact you had so many compliments hopefully warmed your cockles in that 9 degrees! Re-cuperation is going well, and I hope to back on the 1st July, so not that long now. Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  39. Mrs Janet Jones June 11, 2012 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, glad your nieces wedding went so well and I love the picture of you, your mum and sister, what a handsome lot you are!
    We will be celebrating our pearl wedding anniversary tomorrow, 30 years together, where has the time gone. We will be going to Lake Garda to celebrate in a couple of weeks time, I’ve always wanted to visit one of the Italian Lakes, so I am really looking forward to going.I’ve got a set of Honora Pearls as a present from my husband.
    Glad to hear you and Colin are off to Turkey for a well earned holiday. Love the cake you made for Colin’s 50th birthday, wish him a belated happy birthday from me, hope a good time was had by all.
    Have a lovely relaxing holiday Ali, look forward to seeing you on our screens on 1st July, take care speak soon love Janet xx

  40. Eileen P. June 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, have a lovely restful holiday in Turkey, it will be nice for you & Colin to spend some leisure time together away from all the stresses and strains of everyday life. I may not be able to “write” for a few weeks but will keep reading your blogs. I go into hospital tomorrow for an operation on my hand/wrist which I broke last year. I am having a bone graft in one side and a pin and plate in the other side. I dread to think what the airport security scanners will make of it if I fly anywhere. I can just see the alarms going off but then I do have a vivid imagination, have to keep looking on the bright side. Take care, enjoy your holiday. Love Eileen P. xxx

  41. Jill Rycroft June 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Love the wedding photos you’re looking as elegant as ever but it would be nice to see your face under the hat, perhaps someone else has a nice photo of you.
    You are sadly missed and I can’t wait to see you back at QVC, make it soon.
    With very best wishes – Jill

  42. SUE RADFORD June 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    The photographs of the wedding were beautiful. You were so lucky to have had such good weather. I loved your outfit! You look so well – I hope each and every day you’ll continue to improve and will feel fit and well to enjoy a relaxing holiday before your return to the “new QVC”.
    Like you, I fell flat on my face – it happened while I was taking a short holiday with my friend in Cornwall last year. I suggested to my friend that we go on a short break as she’d had a difficult time, but the day after we arrived I caught my foot on one of the many potholes there. We spent a complete afternoon in the medical centre having broken my nose and having to have 3 deep cuts on my face glued together. I was determined not to spoil our time there and battled on. The worst part was having to travel back home on the train 3 days later – my face was black and blue! There were many gasps from the passengers on the train when they caught sight of me – thankfully my broken nose has healed (and is still straight lol) and there aren’t any noticeable scars.
    I can well understand your thoughts about your father on the wedding day – events such as these seem to bring back vivid memories and thoughts of those we loved and still miss.
    I enjoyed the time with my grandchildren while in Florida, but the weather was so humid – 98% some days – so very very uncomfortable!! The rain and electric storms were ones I’d never experienced before, and the Theme Parks are definitely for the young LOL! Will book a more relaxed holiday in future.
    Gosh it will take you a week to read this LOL!!
    So glad to see you’re getting stronger and stronger each day Ali!
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  43. SUE RADFORD June 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Ali – Thanks for keeping us informed about Una.
    Una, I hope each day will continue to get a little easier for you.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  44. Gail June 13, 2012 at 6:33 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, hope you are well. As can be seen by the time posted, I am writing this very early indeed as I’m awake with the sun shining through my windows (makes a change). I don’t know where the time goes to lately; don’t seem to have the time for anything, but will always find time for you xx
    What a beautiful day for the wedding; Em looked absolutely radiant and her dress was divine (such a beautiful, thoughtful pressie). As always, you looked beautiful too; very elegant indeed.
    How are you Ali? Hope everything going well and no setbacks xx
    Must say I found the ‘headless’ photo a bit spooky if you don’t mind me saying and glad you didn’t hurt yourself when you fell, or ruin your lovely shoes. That is so annoying, when you scuff a pair of shoes. When my Nan was alive, if we tripped up she would say, “Get up mutton.” Have no idea where this saying comes from; would love to know. Perhaps someone out there knows. Have you heard this before Ali?
    Unfortunately, haven’t been to any weddings lately. All the weddings have seemed to be abroad and as I don’t fly they were obviously impossible to attend. Do have a little wedding story to tell though, even though it was in the 1960’s. I was a Bridesmaid at my Aunt’s wedding back in the early 1960’s. I was probably about 4 or 5. I was all dressed up in my beautiful little pink outfit when my Grandad decides to take me into the garden. On coming back into the house my Mum gives out a big scream. Apparently my hands and face were smeared with the juice of Loganberrys. My Grandad had been feeding me them from the garden whilst I was dressed in my finery. Luckily for my Grandad, I don’t think any had reached my outfit. It was one of those stories that use to get circulated and repeated at all family gatherings for years to come. Happy days. The other neverending story being the one where I would lie on the floor and kick and scream if I couldn’t get what I want (nothing’s changed there then!).
    A belated Happy Birthday to Colin and hope the time spent in Devon was good, regardless of the most awlful weather.
    Lots of love to Una x Grief is the worst feeling of them all in my opinion. Sincerely hope that time will give you the strength to move forward xx
    Wonderful photo of Sam Ali on your previous blog. Doesn’t he look grand? Like I said before, life may take us to a different place, but it doesn’t have to be a bad place, just different. Hope he is well and still enjoying everything.
    Marg, thank you for asking about me. The weather doesn’t seem to make any difference I’m afraid. You know how cruel this disease is and I’m in pain every day; but I struggle along, struggle being the key word here. I do so hope your lovely Father had the benefit of the drugs and injections that are now available. LOL, xx
    How do you think the travelling will affect you Ali now that QVC are at Chiswick? You can hit some terrible traffic down there. Funnily enough, my first job ever back in 1974 was at ……… House on the roundabout. It was a Post Office building back then.
    Anyway, must dash. Going out today with a friend; must make the most of the nice weather. So far, sun still shining, but I won’t hold my breath.
    Sending you lots of love and hoping you are well. Love too to Ali’s Army xx

  45. alison keenan June 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Janet, I’m glad you liked the photos of the wedding – it was a lovely day πŸ™‚ I am so glad that you are heading off to Lake Garda for your wedding anniversary – do try if you get the chance to visit Lake Maggiore too – the Boromeo Islands on the Lake are stunning! How lovely to have Honora Pearls too – sounds like it’s going to be the perfect celebration πŸ™‚ I’ll have more pictures of our holiday to post once I’m home, but in the meantime, take care, and thank you as always for writing, love Ali xx

  46. alison keenan June 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Eileen, yes it will definitely be good for Colin and I to spend some leisure time away before my return to work. Feel very spoiled to be hopefully having some sunshine while we’re there, and remember you telling me about your imminent operation. I will be thinking of you, and very much hope it will go well. Always look on the bright side Eileen – it’s the best way forward πŸ™‚ Love to you, Ali xx

  47. alison keenan June 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Oh Jill, that’s a lovely thing to say. I think the pic of me with Jenny and mum is a little less dark but it was just a shadow thing – clearly not a problem on a chilly October day as it was when Lucy was married, and I last wore the hat! I shall be back with you on QVC on the 1st July and am looking forward very much to that very special day…. you’re in for a treat if you’re watching then. Take care and stay warm – so chilly here at the moment, love Ali xx

  48. alison keenan June 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sue, your accident sounds terrible! You poor thing! How awful that you hurt your face so badly, although judging by the photo of yourself that you sent to me, you have recovered completely! πŸ™‚ I am glad that you enjoyed your time with your grandchildren, and am in awe of how you managed to do ANYTHING in that kind of humidity, let alone Theme Parks! I’m sure though that the children loved being with you and will treasure the memory. I am definitely feeling a little stronger now and am looking forward to some sunshine before I come back to work. The new studios are wonderful though, and so it’ll all be new and exciting πŸ™‚ Take care, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan June 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Sue, I know that Una reads the blog regularly so will pick up your kind words, love me x

  50. alison keenan June 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, thanks so much for letting us all know how you’re getting on and for sharing your wedding story – Loganberries certainly not a good mix with a pink bridesmaids dress!! I’ve never heard the expression “Get up Mutton” either, but I’m sure someone reading this will have and will be able to explain it all πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind words about Sam’s photograph, but I am so sorry to hear that you are still struggling so badly with our illness – I so wish there was something that would help you to feel better. Yes the journey to Chiswick is awful – three major motorways before I get there, but as I’m only renting I may well be moving closer to help with that. I do hope that you and your friend had a wonderful day out in the sunshine and keep everything crossed that the weather here improves, and soon! Love to you, Ali xx

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