This Morn­ing Wedding

Paul Brough and his fi­ancée Sonya Keat­ing on why they won’t let MS stop them from hav­ing their dream wedding on This Morn­ing

TV Times - - My TV Times Week - This Morn­ing thurs­day / ITV / 10.30am Caren Clark

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Holly and Phillip are about to make Sonya Keat­ing and Paul Brough’s dreams come true by ar­rang­ing a lav­ish cer­e­mony to be shared with the na­tion.

Paul Brough and Sonya Keat­ing were des­tined to be to­gether. The de­voted cou­ple from Liver­pool met al­most 40 years ago at nurs­ery, aged three, be­fore get­ting to­gether nearly two decades later af­ter their fam­i­lies be­came next-door neigh­bours.

Last year, how­ever, their per­fect life with son James, 12, and Natasha, 25, Sonya’s daugh­ter from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, changed for­ever when ex-fork­lift truck driver Paul, 42, was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis. It dras­ti­cally al­tered the pair’s long-held plans to get mar­ried.

‘We got en­gaged at 21 and were sav­ing up, but in 2011 I had an ovar­ian cyst and took a year off work so our funds went on bills. At 40, we got en­gaged again but then Paul got MS, so things were put on hold,’ says health­care as­sis­tant Sonya, 42. ‘Now, be­cause we’ve been to­gether so long, we want to face Paul’s ill­ness as man and wife.’

Thank­fully, those old ro­man­tics at This Morn­ing stepped in to make their dreams come true and, a few weeks ago, hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Wil­loughby sur­prised Sonya and Paul with the news that they would be get­ting mar­ried live on the show. The cer­e­mony, which will fea­ture in Thurs­day’s edi­tion of the day­time show, will take place at a top-se­cret London venue and ev­ery as­pect of Paul and Sonya’s big day has been ar­ranged for them. While Gok Wan is work­ing on Sonya’s wedding dress (see be­low), chef Phil Vick­ery will over­see the food and Phil and Holly will be guests of hon­our.

‘I still can’t be­lieve it and I can’t thank every­one enough,’ smiles Paul. ‘Af­ter ev­ery­thing that has hap­pened, this just came at the right time. It takes a huge weight off our shoul­ders and there will be lots of ex­cit­ing sur­prises.’

‘We prob­a­bly would have got mar­ried some­how, but not in this way, which is how ev­ery lit­tle girl dreams her wedding will be,’ adds Sonya. ‘They are or­gan­is­ing ev­ery­thing for us and Gok’s design team has a picture of a dress that I’ve al­ways had in my mind so I know that is go­ing to be lovely, but just see­ing those rings on our fin­gers will be so spe­cial.’

De­spite Paul’s con­di­tion, the cou­ple hope that he’ll be able to walk his bride down the aisle with James as his best man and Natasha as Sonya’s maid of hon­our.

‘Our goal is that Paul doesn’t have to use his crutches and This Morn­ing has said they will do ev­ery­thing they can to help him,’ says Sonya, who’s thrilled that they can share their nup­tials with the na­tion.

‘It’s lovely that all of our friends and neigh­bours can watch us on tele­vi­sion and I’ve al­ready had many Face­book mes­sages from peo­ple I don’t even know, wish­ing us well.’

But will there be any nerves about get­ting hitched in front of mil­lions of view­ers?

‘I’ll be ner­vous un­til the mo­ment that I see Sonya walk­ing to­wards me,’ beams Paul. ‘Then I know those nerves will dis­ap­pear be­cause hear­ing her say “I do” is all I’ve ever wanted.’

Guests of hon­our… Holly

and Phillip

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