Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn on the memories of her wedding day
By Claire Muffett-Reece
Sarah, take us back to your wedding in May 2018. Did you ever become a bridezilla during the run-up?
‘I really wasn’t a stressed-out bride! I think we were quite lucky, in that all of our suppliers were wonderful and made the whole process super-easy. I wanted to enjoy all the planning too, rather than working myself up to the wedding day and then it being over in a flash.’
Is there anything the pair of you would change about your day?
‘Our day was perfect – everything ran so smoothly! The weather was gorgeous, which meant we were able to get married outside, which was our dream from day one. The only thing we’d change is being able to spend more time with everyone. Inevitably when you’re the bride and groom you don’t stop the whole day and don’t feel like you’ve managed to speak to everybody. We both said we’d love to relive the day again – but as guests!’
What music did you have?
‘Music was a huge part of our wedding. For a start we hired a violinist for our ceremony and a saxophonist and percussionist for our evening entertainment. They made the day for us – they got everyone up dancing and the atmosphere was incredible.’
What about music for walking up the aisle?
‘We chose Beyoncé’s Smash Into You – I’m a huge Beyoncé fan and if you listen to the words of the song it’s perfect. We had Signed Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder to close the ceremony – it’s a bit of an obvious choice but you can’t go wrong with Stevie, plus the song’s so upbeat and apt.’
And for your first dance?
‘So Amazing by Luther Vandross. The lyrics say it all and I played it to Jon on one of our first holidays together in Barbados. It was a really romantic moment, so it felt right to choose that for our first song. We then played Still The One by Shania Twain, as it’s my parent’s song, followed by Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely. My dad always says it reminds him of when I was a baby, as it came on the radio when he was driving home from the hospital after I was born.’
What are your top memories of your wedding day?
‘Firstly, the ceremony. It was beautiful and our favourite part of the day. It was also amazing to have all our favourite people in one place celebrating together. This is one of the very few occasions in life where this will happen and that is such a precious a memory to hold on to. I’ll also never forget having a quiet 10 minutes together, just the two of us, before the wedding breakfast. We’d missed out on most of the canapés because we were busy having photos taken, so our wonderful caterer brought us some food and a couple of glasses of Champagne. We sat there and digested the fact that we were married before rejoining our guests. It was absolutely wonderful.’
Catch Sarah as Mandy in Hollyoaks, weekdays on Channel 4.