Three cheers for the other blush­ing bride and groom

Emma and Alan savour glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Ali­son Ren­nie

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

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