Weddings are notorious tearjerkers.
Two people are solidifying their bond, promising to love each other until the end of time while family and friends (and potentially invited exes) sob softly in the background.
So how do you top the most romantic day of your life?
With a proposal between two guests, of course.
Last Saturday, 31-year-old Charlene McGhee, a care worker from Stakeford, got married to her now husband Alan at St Wilfrid’s Church in Blyth.
She wanted to share her wedding day with her brother Antoni Kerr, and so when the opportunity presented itself to help orchestrate a proposal, she was more than happy to help.
During the reception, Charlene got ready to throw the bouquet but instead of tossing it into the crowd, she turns around and walks up to her brother’s girlfriend Rebecca Stafford and hands her the flowers.
The crowd watch on as Antoni then kneels before his soon-to-be fiancé and pops the question.
A shell-shocked but happy Rebecca says yes, before the pair kiss and embrace each other.
‘I was very, very nervous,’ says Antoni.
‘I had told her mam and dad last year, when I asked for permission [to marry her]. It didn’t feel like anyone else was there when I was doing it, because you are so focused on what you are doing.
‘She knew there was going to be a surprise but wasn’t expecting this – she thought it was gig tickets.’
The moment was extra precious as the couple’s baby girl Skylar was there to witness the special occasion. She was born prematurely at 24 weeks.
‘We got told there were problems with her lungs developing,’ Antoni says.
‘At 34 weeks we were told everything was fine and she didn’t need a machine – it was a miracle.
‘We are really looking forward to the future now.’
Though some people might be averse to relinquishing the spotlight on their wedding day, the idea for the proposal actually came from the bride.
‘It was my idea – I just thought it would be a really special to do it that way,’ Charlene says.
‘Her dad was the photographer at my wedding, so all of her family were there to see. She was crying and so happy.
‘They have been through so much. If anyone deserves it, it’s my brother.’
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