Aisle be seeing you
When Shortland Street nurse Dawn Robinson (Rebekah Palmer, below) walks down the aisle, there will be two people on the edge of their seats on a Whangamata farm. “My parents never miss an episode,” says Palmer, adding her dad does, however, have some reservations about this particular one.
“I know that Dad has made some comments to Mum about, ‘I don’t want to watch because it will ruin it for her real wedding’ which I thought was really sweet.” Meanwhile, Palmer says she is just relieved Dawn’s wedding to paramedic Ali Karim (Tane Williams-Accra) escapes the Shortland Street wedding curse that has led so many nuptials to be plagued by disaster.
“I actually went and talked to the writers and said, ‘What is going to go wrong at the wedding? Is the barn going to collapse? Is Ali going to freak out and not turn up? What is going to happen?’ But they were like, ‘No, we’re going to have a nice wedding and nothing is going to go wrong’,” she says, adding she never expected to be marrying for the first time on screen.
“I thought we’d get engaged but I didn’t know if we’d make it to the wedding.”
The 24 year old says she is finding the whole wedding experience a bit weird.
“I often think turning up to work and putting on my wedding and engagement rings to somebody who is not my partner is very strange, but I had this moment where we were in the costume department and trying on the dress for the first time,” she reveals.
“Doing a hair and makeup trial and all that was fine and it just sort of felt like a costume until they put the veil on then I had this, ‘I’ve got to catch my breath’ moment when I actually felt like a real bride.
“It’s so strange. Even walking down the aisle with the Topp Twins singing, the cast are all such good friends anyway, it’s like your friends are all there at your wedding, I was getting a bit teary-eyed walking down the aisle.”