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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Louise Cowen and Michael Kane

Louise Cowen, 26, business support officer, and Michael Kane, 29, Sellafield firefighter, of Workington

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The wedding of Louise Cowen and Michael Kane

HOW THEY MET: On a night out in Workington in June 2004.

PROPOSAL: While away on a short break in Portsmouth in September 2007.

VENUE: Our Lady and St Michael’s Church, Workington.

THEME: Gold and ivory, butterflies and pearls.

BRIDE’S OUTFIT: An ivory tulle Tia gown by Benjamin Roberts with beaded flower detail down the front, full A line skirt with train, double layered cathedral length veil with crystals scattered all over and a Swarovski crystal tiara, from Dresses and Dreams, Workington.

GROOMSMEN: The groom’s cousin Shaun McLoughlin was best man. Ushers were the bride’s brother Mark Cowen, the groom’s brother-in-law Craig Brewer and the groom’s friends Paul Nixon, Mark Connolly and Michael Wojick. The bride’s godson Owen Johnston was pageboy.

They all wore traditional black tail coats with grey pinstripe trousers, gold waistcoats and cravats from Dresses and Dreams, Workington.

BRIDESMAIDS: The groom’s sister Debbie Brewer and the bride’s friend Carli Johnston were bridesmaids. They wore full length sand coloured Imogene organza dresses with corsage detail on the bodice.

The bride’s cousin Caitlin Boyles and the bride and groom’s goddaughter Ava Johnston were flowergirls and wore Mori Lee ivory princess dresses in tulle, edged with crystals and scattered beading with sash and flower detail from Dresses and Dreams, Workington.

FLOWERS: The bride carried a shower bouquet of ivory calla lilies and tea roses with bear grass, pearl loops and butterfly pins from Seaton Garden Centre.

Family friend Sylvia Elliot made floral displays for the church and pew end decorations of organza and satin bows with roses and pearl loops.

TRANSPORT: A cream open top Beauford classic car and a Mercedes Benz Limousine from A Touch of Class, Workington.

RECEPTION: Hundith Hill Hotel, Cockermouth for a summer fruit punch reception followed by a three-course meal for 145 guests and an evening buffet for 175 guests.

TABLE SETTINGS: The tables were dressed with ivory and gold table linen and chair covers. The centre pieces were large candle vases filled with gel balls, LED lights and ivory rose petals on round mirrors scattered with pearls and tea lights, from Finishing Touches, Workington.

The table plan, table numbers, guests place cards and cancer pin donation card were handmade by Angel Soo, Whitehaven.

FAVOURS: All guests received a cancer charity pin in memory of loved ones, the bride and groom made donations to Palliative Care and the Henderson Suite at the West Cumberland Hospital. Ladies were also given handmade soaps in a presentation box from Eden Luxuries, Keswick and lucky dip lottery tickets for the men. The children received a gift bag of toys, sweets and a disposable camera and they were set a camera challenge by the bride and groom to keep them entertained throughout the day.

CAKE: A three-tier cake of fruit, chocolate and sponge, two round tiers and a heart shaped top tier positioned upright on a stand and decorated with handmade sugar craft calla lily and rose arrangements with pearl pins and gold ribbon, by Gillian Marr, Mealsgate.

FIRST DANCE: Everything, Michael Buble.

ENTERTAINMENT: During the day magic and balloon modelling was provided by Martiny’s Magic, Workington. Guests also enjoyed various garden games including giant jenga and quoits on the lawn after the meal.

The evening entertainment was provided by Boogie Nights, Workington.

HONEYMOON: Cancun, Mexico.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Harringtons of Penrith.

VIDEOGRAPHER: Harringtons of Penrith.

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