By Josh Saunders
An identical twin who ‘stole the limelight’ on her sister’s wedding day after getting engaged – is now planning for her own nuptials.
Shortly after Jacqueline, 34, from Brough, Yorkshire, had walked down the aisle and exchanged vows with husband Phil, her twin’s partner dropped to one knee to pop the question.
While most brides would be upset over being upstaged, thankfully Jacqueline had actually helped to concoct the plan with Chris, 31, her future brother in law
She helped him work out the best way to pop the question and lined ensured the wedding guests were all surrounding the pair on that moment.
While having a couple’s photo shortly after the ceremony, gobsmacked Gemma Holden at first didn’t realise her partner was proposing and couldn’t believe what he’d done.
Delighted she exclaimed ‘Yes’ but later feared her sister could be annoyed that she stole the limelight.
Gemma, a housing team manager, said: “We got on the bridge and were just having a photo, or so I thought, and kept trying to talk to me.
“It was annoying me, because I just wanted to get the photo over, so I told him ‘Not now’ and then when he just dropped to one knee I felt really bad.
“When I realised what was going on it felt amazing, I couldn’t believe it and was just shocked. It was a big crowd and great.
“Once it calmed down I spoke to Jackie to see if she was ok about it and then I found out they were all in on it.
“My sister is a good liar, the whole family were in on it too, I couldn’t believe every guest knew not me.
“I was surprised they all kept it secret, especially Jacquelin because we tell each other everything and I can normally tell when she’s hiding something. She played an absolute blinder.
“When I explain the situation a few people were like, ‘Did that really happen?’ but most people, was really happy about it.
“I did have someone question ‘How your was your sister, did she know it was going to happen?’ but it was definitely great.
“Now we laugh about it, say says I upstaged her on her big day and I say don’t be daft.
“I have no worries about my wedding, I’m sure she won’t try not upstage me on my big day.”
While Jacqueline was delighted to be sharing the celebrations for her wedding day last year with her twin, others were shocked to hear she was in on the plan.
Jacqueline said: “Some people found it odd and couldn’t believe I would let Chris propose on my wedding day, and thought it would ruin it, but for me I thought it was brilliant.
“While it is a little strange but we are ridiculously close, we’re are not the same person be we do and have done everything together.
“She knows things I’m thinking before I have to tell her, it’s odd, at school it was a nightmare we would swap places all the time.
“Our dad didn’t know who was who half of the time so it was a lot of fun growing up.”
After being told that future brother-in-law Chris was planning to propose, the couple even suggested he should do it on their wedding day.
Jacqueline added: “He wanted to do it after my me and my husband’s first dance, I was going to give my bouquet to Gemma.
“But we thought it could go wrong if someone else caught it accidentally, there were a lot of ideas but the best one was waiting for them to have a photograph together.
“My husband was stressed on the morning of our wedding trying to calm Chris down while getting himself ready.
“I did think at one point, if she says no it will ruin my wedding day, but I knew deep down she wouldn’t and thank god I was right.
“Everyone was cheering it was lovely, also it meant I got to escape the limelight for a bit.”
Now the couple are helping Gemma and Chris to plan a big day of their very own, with them initially trying to tie the knot on the same day.
Jacqueline added: “She looked at the same venue, but it was too similar to mine.
“We would look at the wedding photos and not know who was in it.
“I keep saying to her that I can’t wait for her wedding day so I can surprise her, we’ll think of something bigger and better to pay her back.”
Now having just celebrated their first wedding anniversary a couple of months ago, Jacqueline looks back fondly on their big day.
She believes the proposal made the day all the more special.
Jacqueline added: “Looking back, the evening reception was like celebrating our wedding and Gemma’s engagement at the same time, which was lovely and perfect.”