After a couple of years of working here in Majorca Juan quickly bumped into Alice upon returning to the UK and, with wedding bells eventually ringing he applied to the BBC3 show. I sent an email and outlined my idea of organising an Alice in Wonderland style wedding because Alice has always been a huge fan. The producers liked the idea, we met, they liked us and we began brainstorming until they came up with the idea of a wedding overseas. Firstly we thought of Lapland, but snow was not guaranteed at the time so we opted for New York Central Park which, even without any snow, is just the best location to get married. The grooms get three weeks and 12'000 pounds to organise the surprise wedding but by the time I had worked the first week, spent a week in NY with the BBC shooting back drops etc., I really only had a week to organise it all and only 5'000 pounds left after having paid for the flights. There was a lot of haggling going on come the end and we even managed to get a Blue Grass band to play at the Mad Hatters' style reception, I had no money left by then. It was a difficult few weeks for us both. Obviously in this series, the couples know they are going to get married by the time filming finishes but that s about it. What I did was pack Alice and her friends off to New York for her hen night a few days before and the rest of the family and friends then followed. Alice finally found out when my best man and best friend cornered the girls in Time Square dressed as a rabbit and began pulling out signs announcing what was about to happen. I had Alice picked up by white horse and trap and taken to the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park where she was collected by a Rickshaw, given some sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes, like a princess, and then taken to the amazing Belvedere Castle where the ceremony was held and then we went off to our Mad Hatters' reception which we had decked out in old broken crockery and chairs etc. That was on November 18 and think Alice has just about got over the shock, Juan told the Bulletin yesterday.
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