Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll be aware of Breakneck Comedy events across the northeast, and you may even have met the charismatic gent who promotes them. But, on, 22 April, he took a back seat as his beautiful bride took centre stage.
But first, let’s rewind to the incredible proposal, where Naz Hussain stole the show for one last time: after being with Karen Menzies for nine years, he rounded off a comedy event at Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre by popping the question and wowing the 350-strong audience... as well as Karen!
After the excitement had settled, the first priority was finding a venue that would accommodate their healthy number of guests, allow them to bring in the suppliers they wanted and give Karen the opportunity to unleash her creative talents and dress the space herself: Coo Cathedral was the perfect place.
“It’s a great feeling to see your vision come to life,” said Karen. “We went for a lilac-and-white colour scheme to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.”
When it came to finding her own dress, it was third time lucky for Karen, discovering ‘The One’ in Perfect Bridal Rooms. She teamed her exquisite blush mermaid-style gown (which was beautifully embellished with ivory lace, sequins and pearls) with a Jenny Packham hairpiece and sparkly shoes.
Despite a late night dressing Coo Cathedral on the eve of the big day, Karen’s wedding morning was totally relaxed, complete with a champagne breakfast to toast to the day ahead.
Naz had kept his outfit a surprise until the big day, and his cream suit with white embellished loafers was revealed to Karen as she walked down the aisle: “They managed to pull it off – the colour really suited him and his best men!”
The duo opted for a short, religious ceremony, which ensured the nuptials were traditional but not too formal. Afterwards, a dreamy violinist played whilst guests nibbled on canapés – the mini burgers were a big hit – and Karen’s DIY candy cart. Her ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ stand kept guests fed, watered and entertained, too.
A relaxed meal followed, with a buffet main course as a nod to Naz and Karen’s Sunday carvery tradition.
Then the evening kicked off with their first boogie as Mr and Mrs: a slow dance to a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge version of Passenger’s Let It Go. The 5th Avenue Band – regulars at the Breakneck Comedy Ball – took over and kept the floor busy with chart tunes.
Sparklers were provided for guests to light up the evening, and the quirky selection of props proved popular too: “At one point, my bridesmaids and I took the box onto the dance floor and all you could see was people running around wearing masks, hats, wigs and fairy wings,” laughs Karen.
DJ Alan Law, a guest at the wedding, then kept everyone dancing until the early hours.
“I enjoyed every minute, from the preparations through to the end of the night,” says Karen. “Seeing your guests enjoy the day, laughing, dancing and chatting is just brill.”