A groom has revealed the real reason he broke down in tears as he saw his bride walking down the aisle on their wedding day.
Gabriel Deku, from London, was overcome with emotion as he saw his wife-to-be Annabella walking towards him at their lavish ceremony at St Martin In The Fields church at Trafalgar Square.
Cameras captured the moment his beautiful bride made her way to the altar in a poignant video – but the minute Gabriel caught a glimpse of her the tears started flowing.
Gabriel Deku couldn’t control his emotions when he saw his wife Annabella walk down the aisle
He told MailOnline he felt ‘overjoyful’ when it suddenly hit him just how lucky he was to have her
Annabella, 24, was walked up the aisle by her mother Damaris – and just managed to keep it together
The congregation broke into loud cheers when they saw the 25-year-old’s reaction, while his best man, Tolu Ige, encouraged him to hold it together.
Gripping his friend by the shoulder, Tolu, who first introduced the couple four years ago, urged: ‘Come on, stand up, stand up. This is your moment, man. You look at her.
‘You look at her now, you look at her man. You look at her. You stand up and you look at your wife.’
Evidently struggling to stem the tears, Gabriel, who met his wife in a Ted Baker store in 2012, wiped his eye while his friend said: ‘You look her in the eye.’
Speaking about their special day, wedding photographer John De Rienzo said: ‘This has to be one of the most heartfelt, emotional bridal entrances we have ever filmed’
Gripping his friend by the shoulder, Tolu, who first introduced the couple four years ago, urges: ‘Come on, stand up, stand up. This is your moment, man. You look at her’
Gabriel, who first met his wife in 2012, wipes his eye while his friend says: ‘You look her in the eye’
Gabriel told MailOnline: ‘I was trying to be the hard man. I kept saying, I’m not going to cry’
‘She looked so beautiful’: Gabriel says he wasn’t prepared for the emotions that hit when he saw his bride
By the time the pair embraced, the whole congregation were in tears – including the bridesmaids. Annabella, 24, an account manager, was walked down the aisle by her mother, Damaris.
Gabriel told MailOnline: ‘Leading up to the wedding I was the complete opposite – I actually had a bet with my mum that I wouldn’t cry.
‘Seeing her there, I suddenly felt a big appreciation of what I actually have. Knowing that I’m in a relationship like that made me really overjoyful; where someone loves me unconditionally.’
The groom explained: ‘Seeing her there, I suddenly felt a big appreciation of what I actually have’
He added: ‘She looked so beautiful. We have different characters; she is actually the more emotional one in the relationship, while I was trying to be the hard man. I kept saying, I’m not going to cry.’
But Gabriel insisted that he did manage to hold it together during the reception and speeches, saying: ‘I had a bit of nerves, I was OK.’
Wedding filmmaker John De Rienzo, who filmed the May 14 wedding, said: ‘This has to be one of the most heartfelt, emotional bridal entrances we have ever filmed.
‘Gabriel and Annabella’s wedding was spectacular from start to finish and we were so pleased to be part of their special day. ‘
Source: Daily Mail