One Wedding and a Brian! (September 2003)
The Wedding of Vernon Charles Kay to Helen Tess
Daly. St Mary's Church Horwich. 2.30pm Friday 12th September 2003
- Usher Brian Dowling
It was beautiful day! The sun shining, a gorgeous
bride, a handsome groom, plus seeing, and getting to chat, with
the absolutely lovely Brian! What more could a girl ask for?
Living just over half an hour's journey from Horwich
my daughter Nicolette and I just couldn't miss going to watch Vernon
and Tess get married, especially when Brian was going to be an Usher
for them. Armed with our camera, a couple of spare films and a box
of confetti we headed off to watch the wedding, just hoping at some
point we might catch the odd glimpse of Brian, but little knowing
what the day ahead held for us.
The chance meeting
arrived a bit too early so we went to the Reebok Retail Village
situated behind the De Vere Whites Hotel to get a coffee at McDonalds,
when, all of sudden who should appear walking across the Car Park
To say I was in total shock was an understatement!
Taking all my courage I shouted over to him, explained whom I was
and he greeted me warmly. He was in his casual clothes as it was
still a while before the wedding, a white vest top, black cardigan,
jeans and trainers, and as an added bonus, lots of stubble!
Firstly, he told me how much he loved the website
- he thinks it is brilliant! He thanked us profusely for all the
hard work we put into it
He then proceeded to tell me that just a few minutes
earlier while in one of the shops on the retail park someone had
stopped him for an autograph,. Saying that people usually recognise
him from SM:tv or Brian's Boyfriends, Brian said this particular
person asked hadn't he been in Big Brother, Brian said 'Yes!', but
then the person continued to ask who had won his particular series!
Brian said 'Err me!' How ruuude was that!!
We then took a few pictures and had some general
chitchat. Brian enthusiastically telling us about his extended run
in the Salon, and that he hoped everyone would watch him in Celebrities
Under Pressure the following evening. He was excited about winning
and said how proud his mum had been of him winning all the prizes
for his designated family. I really don't know how I would have
coped the following night watching the show not knowing the result,
as it was still heart-stopping knowing the outcome.
Brian asked if we were going to the wedding, and
I said we were, and he proceeded to tell us about the preparations.
We had a good 10 minutes chat with him before he got a phone call
wondering where he was, so with a fond farewell for the time being
- he said he would see us at the Wedding, and that we could see
him all scrubbed up and in his suit.
He then left to get ready for the wedding, after
giving me a message to send his love to everyone on the site.
were numerous people watching the wedding, mainly local, exactly
what Tess and Vernon wanted. There was security - men in black-
but they were extremely charming and helpful. Putting the needs
of the locals before the press, as requested, by the couple, and
allowed us to stand extremely close in the churchyard.
Unbelievably the first words I heard were from someone
saying that they had come along to the wedding to see Brian, - wasn't
that lovely. The ice broken, a group of us got chatting, about Brian
of course, having a great laugh while we passed the time and even
entertaining the PAPS.
A short time after, Brian arrived, looking stunning
in his grey suit. He posed for the press, and then spotted us and
came to chat once again, saying he was glad we had managed to get
there and asked if we had we been able to grab some lunch. He was
then in constant demand, from all the watchers, people wanting to
shake his hand, take pictures, or get autographs, and in the case
of one elderly lady, give him a hug. He then entered the church,
with the other usher.
after, a white suited Vernon and his best man arrived. He spent
far more time posing for the locals to take pictures, than he did
the press, and was his usual jovial self.
A constant stream of guests continued to arrive,
a number of people in limos and two 50-seater coaches packed with
guests. Amongst them were a number of celebrity guests, including
June Sarpong, Joe Mace and one of the actors from Holyoaks.
Finally, nearly half an hour late, Tess arrived,
with her bridesmaids. Looking extremely beautiful and as natural
as the day is long, she informed everyone how nervous she was, posed
for the locals to take pictures, and laughingly told everyone she
was losing her veil.
Whilst the wedding was taking place, the wedding
co-ordinator came out with baskets of confetti for the local people
to throw. I was fortunate to get a basket to hold.
and Vernon came out from the church to huge applause and a flurry
of activity from the press. People were throwing confetti, and from
across the churchyard Brian spotted the basket I had, he motioned
to me could he come and get some, so trying to creep under the bank
of photographers taking pics of Tess and Vernon he came over, and
asked if he could take the basket, which I duly obliged. He then
proceeded to throw it all over them, Vernon even suggesting he put
some down Tess's top. The happy couple then came to stop for the
press just in front of us, and the Press asked us to throw confetti
on them from the baskets - which I no longer had. Luckily, however
we had taken a box with us, and we tipped that over Tess and Vernon,
so if you see any pictures with brightly coloured confetti on it
- that is ours! Oops! Maybe I shouldn't have said that, if Tess
ended up with colour on her dress!
Vernon and Tess then left in the now infamous camper
van, complete with balloons, tins, and shoes tied to the back, and
with Vernon driving.
was left holding centre stage, with everyone wanting either to meet
him, have a picture taken with him, or to get his autograph, guests
and locals alike. He has a word for everyone who goes to him, has
endless patience, and makes everyone feel special; in fact, he is
one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. People were
asking me, 'Is Brian always like this?' and I readily admitted,
after meeting him on two previous occasions at SM:tv, and earlier
that day, "Yes he is, he is an absolute darling."
Before he finally left Brian came over to say his
goodbyes. A hug, quick kisses on the cheek and with a 'See you again!'
he was gone. Sigh!!
A HUGE thanks to Brian, Tess and Vernon for making
this a truly memorable day, I am sure everyone who went to watch
felt exactly as we did, that we had been able to partake, however
small, in a lovely family wedding.
There are more fantastic pictures from Vernon
and Tess' wedding in our gallery here.