September 25, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Gay Gilman gets married in Alderney after surprise proposal

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The surprise wedding came after 34 years together

The couple were married by Alderney’s Registrar

All photographs by Steve Phelan

Weddings are few and far between this summer with couples postponing nuptials in droves due to family and friends being unable get to Alderney because of travel restrictions.

But a pandemic was no barrier for Alderney-born, Guernsey-based Gay Gilman and her long term girlfriend Julie Taylor.

After 34 years as partners and a no-nonsense two day engagement the couple tied the knot at Alderney Courthouse on Saturday.

Julie Taylor originally planned to propose to Gay Gilman during Milk-a-Punch this May. The couple and a group of 10 friends known as the Guernsey Girls travel over each year for the Alderney Bank Holiday weekend event, cutting a swathe with their colour co-ordinated outfits and high spirits. But this year the pubs were closed and non essential travel banned because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Gay Gilman is the daughter of Charlie and Eva Gilman and she moved to Guernsey in 1977.

The two women travelled up to Alderney soon after the Bailiwick bubble was established, on Monday 20th July. Julie proposed on the Thursday, having secretly booked the ceremony with the Registrar for two days later. The rest of the gang travelled up on the Wednesday.

Many of the couple’s friends travelled up to celebrate with them
A wedding car was arranged for the occasion
Preparations included ordering a rainbow cake and booking a party at Bumps

Pouring rain on the big day did nothing to dampen the spirits of the wedding party.

The official ceremony was held at the Courthouse, the afternoon reception was at Bumps Bistro and a disco was staged at the Campania later in the evening. Mel Roots made a spectacular rainbow wedding cake for the couple to ceremoniously slice.

Alderney residents Dits and Allan Jones – the first same-sex couple to get married on the Island after the law change – Billy Watt, Francois Jean and Steve Phelan were among the Alderney contingent celebrating with them.

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