When it came to officiating their wedding, Aston Merrygold and Sarah Richards wanted the role to go to someone who knows them inside out.
And that person was Aston’s JLS bandmate JB Gill, who got ordained specially for the role.
The couple, who married in Liverpool’s Sefton Park Palm House, asked the 35 year old to undertake the role by gifting him with a special hip flask, which JB had handy on the day to steady any nerves Aston had.
And speaking exclusively to OK!, Aston told us how important it was to have JB officiate, as well as having his other JLS bandmates – groomsman Marvin Humes and Oritsé Williams – there on the big day.
“We thought it would be so special to have him officiate,” Aston says of JB. “He’s been there from the start and he made it so personal. The connection he has with us made us so comfortable.”
He continues of his bandmates: “All the boys are special to me – Sarah and I met because of JLS. Our paths may never have crossed otherwise. I’m so grateful they were there to witness the day.”
JB was joined his wife Chloe at the wedding, while Marvin’s wife Rochelle and Oritsé’s fiancée Kazz Kumar were also in attendance.
JB began the 30-ceremony by recalling Aston and Sarah’s love story and telling their 155 guests how he’d “never met anyone who could match Aston’s energy” until Sarah came along.
“Today has been a long time coming – four years,” JB told their guests. “My wife Chloe bought a hat, she took it back. She bought it again, she took it back. She bought it a third time and then had to take it back and left it there.
“We weren’t sure if this day would come, not because Aston and Sarah don’t love each other, but I always knew there was a reason why they kept asking to buy shares in Lastminute.com. Let’s just say organisation isn’t their strong point!”
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Sharing traditional vows, an emotional Aston replied, “Hell, yes!” when JB asked if he would take Sarah to be his lawfully wedded wife.
This was followed by their sons Grayson, four, and Macaulay, two, delivering their wedding bands.
The matching platinum bands from Keeble London were exchanged before the couple shared their first kiss and applause erupted as they were officially pronounced husband and wife.
JB then drew the ceremony to a close with a prayer and Aston and Sarah walked back down the aisle as a family of four to Jagged Edge’s Let’s Get Married.
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