Days

The Horton, Brady, DiMera and Kiri­akis clans are all stand­ing to­gether at last as they cel­e­brate Sonny and Will’s wed­ding.

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It’s taken a year-and-a-half since Sonny Kiri­akis (Fred­die Smith) and Will Horton (Guy Wil­son) started dat­ing in Oc­to­ber 2015 to get ev­ery­one in their fam­i­lies on the same page. But it’ll be worth it to see those lov­ing smiles and glow­ing eyes when the pair tie the knot in Salem’s wed­ding of the year on Thurs­day 1 June. We’re in for a lav­ish three­day cel­e­bra­tion from Tues­day 30 May, to when the guys ex­change their vows at the Kiri­akis Man­sion on Thurs­day 1 June. And while Sonny and Will have to put up with grandpa Vic­tor’s (John Anis­ton) dread­fully drab cur­tains as their back­drop in­stead of St Luke’s glow­ing stained glass ( Vic­tor, it re­ally is time to call in a dec­o­ra­tor), it prom­ises to be a beau­ti­ful wed­ding.

THE FAM­ILY SPEAKS

There are snif­fles aplenty as Will’s mom Sami (Ali­son Sweeney) walks him up the aisle and Adri­enne (Judi Evans) does the honours for her son Sonny. But be­fore they get stuck into their vows, Will’s grandma Mar­lena (Dei­dre Hall), who’s of­fi­ci­at­ing the cer­e­mony, in­vites some im­por­tant fam­ily mem­bers to speak. And se­ri­ously, Days fans, get those tis­sues ready. We won’t spoil the mo­ment, but we can re­veal that the cast’s tears were real – and you’ll see why when Will’s great-granny Caro­line (Peggy McCay) speaks about an ex­pe­ri­ence that has made her so glad that Will has been able to come out to his fam­ily in­stead of hav­ing to hide his heart. “You’re set-up think­ing Caro­line is go­ing to for­get what she wants to say. Peggy got up to say her speech. I said to my­self, ‘Don’t lis­ten, you are go­ing to cry’ And one af­ter the other af­ter the other, they made me cry,” says Dei­dre. “Bryan Dat­tilo’s ( Will’s dad Lu­cas) speech is amaz­ing.” Ali­son agrees: “The way they in­cor­po­rate the fam­ily is so spe­cial and Peggy has this re­ally beau­ti­ful monologue. She had ev­ery­one cry­ing! And wow, Bryan just blew me away!”

WOWS BE­FORE VOWS

Sonny and Will have opted for tra­di­tional vows be­cause they want those tra­di­tional values of love and fi­delity through all hard­ships as a cor­ner­stone of their mar­riage. “Love is love. There is no need to al­ter so­ci­ety’s tra­di­tions to ac­com­mo­date that,” ex­plains Guy. But they do take a lit­tle mo­ment to talk about their love for one an­other be­fore they ex­change their prom­ises. Here’s a taste of what they’ll say: Sonny: “I’ve been out on the edge my en­tire life. I’ve been to ev­ery con­ti­nent on this Earth and if some­one would have asked me a cou­ple years ago, I would have said that would be my life, un­til I met you. You’re my an­chor that doesn’t weigh me down. Our life to­gether is my great­est ad­ven­ture of my life.” Will: “EM Forster once de­scribed love as ‘ two im­per­fect souls com­ing to­gether to cre­ate some­thing close to per­fec­tion.’ That’s how I’ve felt since the day that I met you, even if I’m the one who brings more of the im­per­fec­tion into the equa­tion.”

A TOUCH OF MAGIC

Guy be­lieves that the wed­ding is go­ing to be hugely re­ward­ing for long-time fans. “Ev­ery mo­ment and look has a story to it. Even the mo­ment when Will is go­ing to en­ter and walk down the aisle with his mother Sami, those moments are steeped in his­tory within their re­la­tion­ship. It adds so much

power to those scenes as an ac­tor. Every­thing felt so emo­tion­ally charged. No de­tail was left unat­tended.” The shoot took three hours longer than nor­mal be­cause of that at­ten­tion to de­tail, but it was worth it, ac­cord­ing to Dei­dre. “Our di­rec­tor felt strongly about it be­ing a mag­i­cal show. We moved walls in, we moved walls out, and we moved win­dows in. But I am as­sum­ing to the view­ers it shows on camera the care we put into it.”

WHOOPSIE WALTZ

There was one lit­tle de­tail that slipped though the cracks be­hind the scenes though. Guy ad­mits that “for our first dance as a new­ly­wed cou­ple, Fred­die and I went to the mid­dle of the floor and we re­alised nei­ther of us knew how to Waltz!” Af­ter a hor­ri­bly awk­ward at­tempt with ev­ery­one in cast watch­ing and no­body dar­ing laugh, help came from above. “The di­rec­tor, who has a back­ground in dance, grabs me and says, ‘This is how you lead.’ Then he grabs Fred­die and says, ‘This is how you lead and ev­ery few beats you switch off and take turns lead­ing each other.’ So he had to lead us through it in front of the en­tire cast”. Fred­die adds, “It was su­per em­bar­rass­ing! We just did not know how to do it and JJ (Casey Moss) is play­ing the guitar and we are fum­bling around like id­iots.”

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

A lot of care has gone into bring­ing view­ers’ into Will and Sonny’s jour­ney, right from when Will turned to a fan favourite, his grandma Mar­lena, to come out in April 2015 (in South Africa). So hav­ing Mar­lena be the one to watch over his “hap­pily ever af­ter” mo­ment two years later is a per­fect book- end. “I cel­e­brate any­one who has found a won­der­ful, sus­tain­ing love,” Dei­dre says. “There’s so much we deny gay and les­bian cou­ples that we freely give straight cou­ples and that’s shame­ful. If you have some­one in your life to whom you’re de­voted and com­mit­ted, then you need to be there in ev­ery mo­ment. I don’t know how much we’re go­ing to change the way of the world with this wed­ding, but I think what changes the world is role mod­els stand­ing up and say­ing, ‘Re­lax. We’re go­ing to be fine. Every­thing is fine.’”

Sonny and Will tie the knot at the Kiri­akis Man­sion with a heart­felt cer­e­mony – and seal it with a kiss.

Proud-mama Adri­enne walks her son Sonny down the aisle.

Will, Sonny, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), Abby (Kate Mansi), Ro­man (Josh Tay­lor) bat­tle to keep straight faces when Sami and Adri­enne try to outdo one an­other at the re­cep­tion.

Will and Mar­lena watch as Sonny thanks the fam­ily for their in­spi­ra­tion.

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