Three cheers for the other blushing bride and groom
Emma and Alan savour glittering ceremony
THE eyes of the world were on Prince William and Kate Middleton as they tied the knot.
But the royal wedding couldn’t have been further from the minds of one North-east couple– they had their own vows to think about.
As the future king and his bride said “I do” it was also the big day for sweethearts Emma Taylor and Alan Emslie.
As the sun shone on their Inverurie home, the final preparations got under way for the bridal party.
The royal wedding was showing on every TV in the house as hair and make-up stylists got the bride, her mum and five excited bridesmaids ready.
As the world watched Kate arrive at Westminster Abbey at 10.50am, Emma – in her dressing gown – beamed as she sipped champagne and was getting the final touches to her make-up done.
“It is lovely to share the day with the royal wedding,” Emma said.
Amid the hustle and bustle 29-year-old Emma, a contracts manager, stayed calm.
Before the ceremony, she said: “I don’t feel too nervous yet – I’m excited.”
The bride and her bridesmaids – including sisters Elaine and Jill Taylor, sister-in-law Arlene Emslie, and best friends Ainsleigh Philip and Vicky Taylor – enjoyed a relaxing evening before the big day.
Emma’s proud mum Janis, 59, said: “We all stayed at Emma’s. It makes it an extra special day as William and Kate were also getting married.”
By 11.30am Emma and her bridesmaids were upstairs getting dressed, as the three wedding cars arrived along with the father-of-the-bride Charlie, 61.
Dressed in his kilt, he said: “I’m okay at the moment but I think I will get nervous when we get to the church. It’s great that the weather’s nice.”
Once all the bridesmaids returned in an array of gorgeous purple gowns, Emma stepped downstairs in a stunning white dress with crystals embroidered on the front and back. Taking a deep breath before leaving the house, Emma said: “I feel like Kate – amazing.”
As the bridal party gathered in the cream wedding cars neighbours lined the street to wave the beautiful bride off. “Aww it’s lovely,” said Emma, blushing. Arriving at St Machar’s Cathedral at 12.50pm, Emma clutched her dad’s arm as she made her way inside.
Family and friends gasped and commented on how beautiful the bride looked as she made her way down the aisle to stand with her groom Alan, 31.
The happy couple were wed in a candlelit ceremony before making their way outside where dozens of youngsters gathered to hand over horseshoes.
The newlyweds were then whisked off for photos in the cathedral grounds.
Savouring every second, Emma said: “I’m so happy. I’m having a lovely day.”
Emma and Alan met nearly 11 years ago after a night out in Inverurie.
Alan, an inspection engineer for BP, popped the