Inside the emotional wedding of Coronation Street’s Samia Longchambon and her Dancing on Ice pro husband
Coronation Street ’s Samia Longchamon, (previously Ghadie) and ice skater supremo Sylvain Longchambon might have met across a frozen ice rink on 2011’s Dancing On Ice , but it wasn’t long before their hearts had started to melt in front of the entire nation.
Samia, 34, who plays Corrie’s Maria Connor and Sylvain, 36, had initially intended to get married in his native France. But they ended up falling in love with picturesque Delamere Manor, closer to their home in Cheshire. So it was, on August 20, 2016, that OK! were lucky enough to witness the couple tie the knot in the elegant conservatory of the grand property, which was at one time home to Take That’s Gary Barlow and family!
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And the ceremony was so moving and so full of sweet sentiments that the groom was visibly choked up. “To see him get emotional made me emotional,” Samia later told us, adding that she couldn’t wait to say ‘I do’ to the handsome skater. “I was so happy I had to stop myself from running down the aisle!”
Guests at the wedding included Samia’s fellow soap stars Jane Danson , who took on the role of bridesmaid, Tina O’Brien , and Alan Halsall with his then wife Lucy-Jo Hudson . Sylvain and Samia’s 11-month-old son Yves and her six-year-old daughter Freya also played a central part.
As any Corrie viewer knows, weddings very rarely go without a hitch and this was true for Samia and Sylvain. The venue’s location proved to be so secret that a double decker bus bringing 40 of the guests got lost en route and somebody was dispatched to help get them to the ceremony on time! Luckily Samia was running a few minutes behind schedule anyway!
Finally at 2pm, to the sounds of Des’ree’s I’m Kissing You , the beautiful bride walked down the aisle with her chief flower girl, daughter Freya.
“I wanted Freya to feel really involved in the wedding, which she was,” Samia later told us. “She was really looking forward to that.”
But Yves didn’t miss out. Not only was he waiting with his dad at the end of the aisle, he got to taste the wedding cake before the big day. “It was his first cake,” said Sylvain.
Samia looked stunning in her Suzanne Neville gown. “It was literally the second dress I tried on in her Wilmslow store. I’m really indecisive, but as soon as I put it on my friend Kirsty said, ‘That’s the one!’ The main thing I had changed is the colour. It was originally in ivory, but we changed it to a champagne colour. I’ve been married before, so I didn’t want it to be in white.”
Describing the style of the gown she went on to say, “It’s strapless and fitted. It goes out at the end, in a mermaid shape.”
Before the couple said their vows, the celebrant asked everybody present to pause and think about those who couldn’t be there, in particular Samia’s late father Joseph. When Samia and Freya had entered the conservatory where the ceremony was held, the sun made a brief appearance illuminating their entrance. Samia later told us she felt that was a sign from Joseph to let her know he was watching over them all on her special day.
The couple had penned their own vows, with Samia telling Sylvain, “From the moment our paths crossed, you surprised me, distracted me and infatuated me in a way no other human being has ever done. I have fallen in love with you again and again endless times without reservation. I still can’t believe that today I get to marry you.” She went on to say, “I will love you always. With every beat of my heart. From this day forward you do not walk alone. For my heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home.”
Sylvain then recited his vows, telling Samia, “I promise to encourage your compassion because that part of you makes you unique and wonderful. I promise to nurture your dreams because through them your soul shines. I promise to shoulder any challenges and there is nothing that we can’t face if we stand together. I promise to be your partner in all things, supporting you when you are low and calming you when you are stressed."
He continued, "I promise you perfect love and perfect trust because I know in my heart that one lifetime with you will never be enough. I will be your safe harbour in any storm and your rock and your protector. This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things.”
After exchanging rings, it was time for an unusual sand ceremony. Samia poured lemon sand into a vial while Sylvain poured blue sand into the same vial. This was meant to symbolise that they would be joined together forever, as it’s impossible to separate grains of sand.
The happy couple walked back up the aisle to Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours .
The theme for the wedding was ‘lemon’. Samia explained, “I’m obsessed with lemons and yellow is my favourite colour. I’ve always believed it’s lucky."
The groom even wore lucky lemon underpants!
Samia added, "The represents being bright, optimistic and hopeful, and is a sign of true love. They say it’s lucky to have yellow flowers in your home,so I always have some in the house. We’re also having blue as that is Sylvain’s favourite colour. I love it when he wears blue.”
At the drinks reception, reflecting the Anglo-French union, guests were served mojitos and French martinis along with champagne. They nibbled canapés including tempura king prawn with oriental pesto, prawns with tamarind and lime, pan-fried halloumi with roast red pepper sauce and mini roast beef with Yorkshire puddings with gravy.
Later, Samia told us, “The day was better than we could ever have imagined. It was exactly what we wanted the day to be and more. We were overwhelmingly happy. We couldn’t stop beaming at each other.” And commenting on the speeches that followed, she continued, “Sylvain’s speech was one of the highlights of the day. He is very thoughtful but not slushy. His speech was so from the heart. He got choked up when he spoke about my dad. I know that my dad would have loved him.”
Commenting on the day, Sylvain told OK! , “I just felt really happy and excited all day. I could feel my upper lip shaking from smiling so much!”
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