|Surprise! It’s Your Wedding!|
|Written by Fresh Vancouver|
Global BC news anchor Lynn Colliar thought she was having a New Year’s Eve party. She’d been doing the early news all week and she had a six-month-old baby girl, and 45-year-old Lynn was exhausted. She kept asking her partner, should they really have a party?
They’d invited about a dozen close friends to come ring in the new year with them, asking them to come any time after 8 pm. Keeping it casual in leggings, boots and a sweater, Lynn hadn’t even finished putting out the party supplies when the doorbell rang at 8:01. There were 40 people at the door. Surprised but undaunted, Lynn greeted everyone and ushered them in. The party got underway. Then, at 9 pm, something happened: Lynn’s partner, Glenn Ennis, called everyone to attention. He ripped off his jeans and sweater to reveal the tuxedo he had on underneath, and got down on one knee. Lynn, in a panic over her too-casual attire, reached for a shot of tequila. Glenn proposed and Lynn accepted happily and tearfully. “Wouldn’t it be great,” said Glenn, “if we could get married right now, right here?”
Enter Global BC news anchor Chris Gaelus, who whipped out the appropriate paperwork and volunteered for the job of marrying the happy couple. “Everyone started shrieking,” said Lynn. “Then [Global BC news anchor] Randene [Neill] and four of my best girlfriends and my hairdresser took me into a limo. I was shell-shocked! They didn’t tell me where we were going. We went to a hotel where I found eight beautiful wedding dresses that Randene had borrowed from Blush Bridal. Randene said stylist Crystal Carson was a huge help in coordinating the dresses from Blush. I started trying on dresses, and found one that was like it was made for me. I’d also been given beautiful earrings to wear and my hairdresser did my hair and makeup. When we got back to the house, my seven-year-old niece was scattering rose petals on the ground, and the guys had transformed the back deck into an amazing fairytale wedding scene. There were lights, candles, 350 long-stemmed roses... it was unbelievable!”
Guests of the “ambush wedding” had no idea what they were in for that magical night. Glenn had simply told everyone to arrive at 8:00 sharp in preparation for a surprise event at 9 pm. “Even my parents didn’t know,” says Lynn. “Everyone was blown away!”
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