Love is in the air

In the lead-up to Meghan and Harry’s big day, we asked lo­cal TV per­son­al­i­ties about their own wed­ding me­mories.


Cristina Ionda, plays Gina in The Bro­ken­wood Mys­ter­ies, Prime

“In Ro­ma­nia we have a wed­ding tra­di­tion where close friends of the groom or male rel­a­tives will steal the bride. For me, it was out of the blue. I knew it might hap­pen but I was shocked when my cousin kid­napped me. He pulled me aside and said he wanted to ask me some­thing but it was too loud and crowded in­side so he led me out­side to an open car where there were three more men wait­ing. Then I knew I was be­ing kid­napped! There’s noth­ing you can do so I didn’t fight back be­cause it’s all part of the game. I stepped in the car and we drove to a park where they gave me some cof­fee. Then they took my shoes and my cousin delivered them to my new hus­band as proof of life. He acted as an emis­sary while the other kid­nap­pers stayed with me and be­gan ne­go­ti­a­tions over the phone. My cap­tors asked for four bot­tles of cham­pagne. Tra­di­tion­ally, the kid­nap­pers can ask for money, al­co­hol or what­ever. I’ve heard sto­ries of peo­ple ask­ing for thou­sands of dol­lars. My hus­band con­ferred with my godfather and it was de­cided they would give them a box of Dom Perignon for my safe re­turn. My hus­band had to pay for the cham­pagne first be­fore I was handed over.”

Janika ter Allen, Prime First At 5.30 pre­sen­ter

“It buck­eted down all day and looked like we might need

gum­boots. Then the sun came out 40 min­utes be­fore the cer­e­mony and we rushed out­side at the last mo­ment. Jour­nal­ists are al­ways push­ing dead­lines.”

Susie Nordqvist, New­shub Live At 4pm pre­sen­ter, Three

“We got mar­ried at a re­sort in the moun­tains not far from where I grew up in Mid Can­ter­bury. While I had vi­sions of ex­chang­ing vows on a beach in the height of sum­mer, our Novem­ber wed­ding in the snow was pretty mag­i­cal. We got mar­ried af­ter the 2011 Rugby World Cup, giv­ing my Ir­ish hus­band’s rugby-mad fam­ily and friends two pretty good rea­sons to travel to the ends of the Earth.”

Matt Wat­son, hosts ITM Fish­ing Clas­sics, Prime

“My best man and grooms­men came to pick me up the night be­fore my wed­ding to go to the Wey­mouth cossie club for a few quiet beers. Know­ing what it can be like when we all get to­gether, I de­lib­er­ately wore shorts and jan­dals in the mid­dle of win­ter, that way if the boys de­cided to kick on to a pub or club I wouldn’t be able to get in and I’d have to come home. What I didn’t bank on is that one of our mates was now the bar man­ager

at a pub in Manukau and I got dragged in there. I even­tu­ally made it back home at 6am when a pit­bull started chas­ing me. I had to seek refuge in a boat un­til day­light with the dog cir­cling the whole time. Still, I man­aged to get scrubbed up and in the limo at 8.30am to get pho­tos with the grooms­men, then I was off to get mar­ried and my bride was none the wiser.”

1. Diana was the first royal bride not to use the word ‘obey’ in her wed­ding vows. She promised to, “Love, hon­our, com­fort and keep” when she mar­ried Prince Charles. Kate Mid­dle­ton made the same promise when she mar­ried Wil­liam.

2. When Wil­liam and Kate mar­ried, both the groom and Harry had mil­i­tary uni­forms with spe­cial built-in sweat guards so that there were no em­bar­rass­ing stains un­der the glare of the tele­vi­sion lights.

3. Queen Vic­to­ria is cred­ited with start­ing the tra­di­tion of wear­ing a white wed­ding dress. Up un­til then brides wore what­ever colour they chose. Since Vic­to­ria, royal brides have also in­cluded a sprig of myr­tle in the wed­ding bou­quet, sym­bol­is­ing love and fer­til­ity. In a touch­ing trib­ute to her groom, Kate’s bou­quet also in­cluded the flower Sweet Wil­liam.

4. Diana’s wed­ding shoes had the ini­tials C and D painted on the soles with a heart in be­tween them.

5. Bri­tish royal wed­ding menus are tra­di­tion­ally printed in French. It dates back to the time when Bri­tish mon­archs had only French chefs in the kitchen.

6. Diana might have made a mul­ti­ple name mix-up at her wed­ding to Charles, call­ing him ‘Philip Charles Arthur Ge­orge’ in­stead of ‘Charles Philip Arthur Ge­orge’ but Charles also made a mis­take. He said ‘thy goods’ in his vows in­stead of ‘my worldly goods’.

7. Coro­na­tion Street’s Ken and Deirdre first mar­ried in 1981, two days be­fore Charles and Diana. They mar­ried for the sec­ond time in 2005, an event watched by 13 mil­lion view­ers com­pared with the nine mil­lion who watched Prince Charles marry Camilla Parker Bowles the next day.

8. Even roy­als have wed­ding dis­as­ters. When Princess El­iz­a­beth’s tiara snapped on her wed­ding day, the court jew­eller was given a po­lice es­cort to his work room to carry out re­pairs. And Diana spilled per­fume on the way to the cer­e­mony and had to hold her dress in a spe­cial way to cover the stain.

9. Kate and Wil­liam mar­ried on Ar­bour Day. The trees that lined the aisles at West­min­ster Abbey were later planted at Prince Charles’ home in Wales.

10. Kate’s brother James Mid­dle­ton came up with the per­fect wed­ding present for a dog-lov­ing royal cou­ple. The cocker spaniel Lupo was his wed­ding gift.

Gra­ham Wright and Susie Nordqvist

Mike San­ders and Wil­helmina Shrimp­ton

Ross Karl and Janika ter Allen

Cristina Ionda’s wed­ding to Ge­orge Tu­dor

Prince Charles and Diana

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