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British newlyweds Sharon and Andrew Aitchison were so shocked when Sir Rod Stewart surprised them during their Las Vegas ceremony, they could hardly believe he wasn’t a lookalike.
The legendary musician - who was in town as part of his latest worldwide tour - paid the couple a visit on their special day after hearing that their plans were almost ruined by the Thomas Cook collapse.
When Caesar’s Palace and Delta Airlines swooped in to save the day, whisking the pair and 16 of their friends off to their venue first-class, Stewart got involved too, making their nuptials more memorable than they could have ever imagined.
Talking about the moment on BBC Breakfast on Friday 4 October, Andrew said they knew “nothing at all” about their unexpected guest.
“We’ve been looked after by Caesar’s Palace since we got here on Sunday evening,” he continued. “They’ve just been pulling out all the stops for us. We thought, ‘This is already amazing’ and then... Sir Rod Stewart!”
"I did do a duet. I didn't think it was brilliant but I tried my best. "
Andrew and Sharon tell #BBCBreakfast they had no idea @rodstewart was coming to their Las Vegas wedding. 💒
The couple's special day was almost called off after the Thomas Cook collapse. pic.twitter.com/sK20ITump8
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) October 4, 2019
“We [were] just about to say ‘I do,’ so I’m focusing on marrying Andrew,” Sharon added. “And then, there’s Sir Rod Stewart walking across casually telling us that he does weddings now. I was like, ‘Oh, that can’t be right.’ I’m sort of looking at our friends and family going, ‘What’s going on? Is this serious?’
“I believe most people at home thought it was some kind of lookalike or something... and it wasn’t! So yeah, I did a duet. I didn’t think it was brilliant but I tried my best.”
After serenading the couple with a rendition of Have I Told You Lately, award-winning singer Stewart invited Sharon and Andrew to come watch his show that weekend.
Back in September, the couple appeared on the BBC Breakfast sofa to talk about how their wedding plans were at risk of falling through because of the travel company’s financial struggles.
“We were due to fly with 19 of our closest family and friends on Sunday morning at 5:30 and it’s not gonna happen now really,” Sharon explained, saying they spent around £9,000 on flights. “We’re not wealthy people. We can’t afford to pay for them all again.”