Win a dream wedding competition: The winners!
DIVA: So the first thing to ask is can you
please just tell us again your own words your gorgeous love story and why you guys should
win this competition? Carly: You go. You tell it better than me.
Emma: It was a really bleak sad time for me. I was married previously and my wife died.
We’ve got a little boy and he was just three so things weren’t looking great and I’d gotten
a couple of years down the line and thought I need to start to get life back on track
and my niece was staying with me at the time and she said ‘Em, you need to do something’.
I was young, I was only early 30s, and she said ‘You need to do something’. Being a gay
young woman and in Kent, there are not really many places to meet anyone. I hadn’t dated
for a long time, really nervous. So I signed up to online dating and wasn’t expecting much.
Had a couple of people contact me and I was thinking, ‘oh no!’ And then Carly winked at
me and I was like, ‘Wow, she’s quite beautiful’ and thought ‘There’s got to be more to it,
my luck can’t be that good’. We started talking and after a while we decided to meet but Carly
lived in Devon which is about a five-hour drive from where I live…
Carly: A really long way Emma: We decided to meet half way, didn’t
we? Carly: Yeah
Emma: And then straight away, we just clicked, didn’t we?
Carly:Yeah, definitely. It was like we always knew each other
Emma: There wasn’t a moment’s silence where it was awkward. And obviously it’s a lot for
someone to take on, you know, I was a widow, I had a little boy, it’s a lot to take on
and you kind of think that you can’t be that lucky but I feel like I need to touch wood.
Like I said in my email that I sent you, it is like my happily-ever-after because it’s
like a little fairytale. It’s a bad love story, if that makes sense, because it starts off
tragic but actually it ends lovely. Carly: It’s like every Christmas romantic
film you ever watch, isn’t it? Emma: It’s almost like I’m pinching myself
for something not to be as it is. My little boy, little man, he calls you ‘mama’ and we’ve
got a little family. We’ve got a baby on the way
Carly: All I’ve ever wanted is a family so for me, when I met Em, it was really daunting
because it was like everything I’d ever wanted but obviously it was quite scary. But our
little one is amazing and it just means a lot to us that when our next one joins us
early next year, that we are this complete entire family unit. It just means absolutely
everything to us and for him as well, because obviously for him, he’s had a really difficult
start but he deals with everything so well Emma: He’s amazing
Carly: We’re all really resilient, aren’t we?
Emma: Yeah, and kids are really resilient. They come out of the most amazing things but
for us to have such a lovely little family… we’ve got a dog that smiles!
Carly: What more do you want! Emma: But for me, and we were talking about
this, it’s about showing people that things can be really dark and sad and you can have
no hope and it’s about, actually, things can be really great and it’s about putting yourself
out there Carly: We’ve got a friend who has recently
just met someone who is also a really young widow and she comes to talk to us about it,
and part of entering this competition was being these really positive role models for
people who experience such an unusual thing at such a young age. Because normally if you
say widow you think of someone in their 70s or 80s. You don’t think of someone in their
30s or 40s. And the chance of being these really positive role models, especially in
the LGBT community, because sometimes it can be quite a closed network and you don’t know
where to turn or who to talk to about things like that, for us then to be featured in a
magazine such as yours because it’s such an influential magazine, it is that sort of like
actually this has happened, that’s happened, it’s quite a normal thing to be a widow at
some point however sad it is, but look how happy people can still be
DIVA: Absolutely. Well, guys, we’ve been so moved, all of us in the office and I know
all of our readers as well have been so touched by your story. It’s just absolutely beautiful
and full of hope and so inspiring. So the next thing we want to talk to you about is
to let you know that you are in fact the winners of the competition!
Emma: I feel a bit emotional Carly: Yeah! Oh my god!
DIVA: Congratulations! Congratulations guys! How are you feeling?
Carly: Amazing. I actually changed my name so our little girl would have the same name
as the rest of the family because we didn’t think we’d get the chance to get married and
her have the same name as Emma and Hudson and it meant everything to us so the fact
that we can get married and just…. oh babe! DIVA: You’ll set me off guys! Congratulations!
Honestly, such a deserving couple. Emma: Sorry!
Carly: You’ll make me cry DIVA: Please don’t apologise! We can all have
a good cry. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful fabulous wedding!
Emma and Carly: Thank you so much! DIVA: You’re so welcome. What an absolutely
gorgeous, gorgeous family you’ve got…