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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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And then it was our turn

As bride-to-be Nina Rose watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton she was filled with excitement and nerves.

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The wedding of Nina Rose and Andres Sbarbaro who married a day after the royal couple

While she celebrated with family and friends she couldn’t keep her mind from wandering to thoughts of her own wedding the following day.

Nina and Andrés Sbarbaro tied the knot on April 30 at a ceremony at St Michael’s Church in Dalston and they were happy about sharing the bank holiday weekend with the royal couple.

The couple, who live in Denton Holme, Carlisle, got engaged last August and wanted to choose a date at Easter – at this point unaware of a royal wedding – and little did they know that the first date they chose would be the date of William and Kate’s nuptials.

The bride is originally from Germany and the groom from Peru. Nina works in partner relations for M-Sport in Cockermouth, managing sponsor accounts.

For their wedding they invited guests from 13 different countries including Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

“We wanted to get married at Easter as we thought it’d be easier for our families travelling as they live abroad and they’d be off work. But we couldn’t so we decided on April 29,” said Nina, 29. “We ended up changing the date to April 30 though as we knew people would be working on the Friday.”

They changed the date last October, not long before the announcement of the date of the royal wedding. When they heard the news they were a little relieved it wasn’t on the same day.

“I thought it was really nice when I heard they’d got engaged and when I heard the date I thought it will be good as it made it a bit more interesting for us,” Nina said. “It was a shame that our guests would be off work on the Friday when we’d changed the date because we thought they’d had to take the day off but I was happy that we weren’t getting married on the same day.

“I didn’t hear much about their preparations as I was busy with my own.

“It meant that I could watch the royal wedding myself,” Nina added.

The couple met their families in Carlisle city centre on the day of the royal wedding so they could all watch it on the big screen.

During the ceremony when Kate’s brother James went to do his reading, a passage from Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18, Nina realised it was the same reading that her brother Steffen would be giving the next day, although he would be reading it in German.

“I started watching it and it did make me feel nervous,” recalls Nina. “I was fine until the reading and then I had to stop watching it.

“It made Steffen really nervous as well so we didn’t watch much more and we decided to go for lunch when the royal couple appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.”

The next day all attention was concentrated on their own wedding.

A lot of attention had been paid to Kate’s wedding dress but this didn’t bother Nina as she knew she had chosen her perfect dress.

Nina wore a champagne Amanda Wyatt dress with fitted beaded bodice and ruffled skirt and a gold ribbon edged veil with diamante sparkle from Carol Roberts Couture Bridal in Carlisle.

After their ceremony they enjoyed drinks and wedding cake outside St Michael’s Church before a reception at the Fratry and a party at Foxes Cafe Bar in Carlisle.

When the royal engagement was announced Nina had bought a celebratory mug with an image of Prince William and Kate on and her brother took the design and changed it so it had a photo of Andrés and Nina, their names and wedding date on. They used this on their wedding cake.

They also used the picture on the fridge magnets they gave guests as wedding favours.

“Our guests were really excited about the royal wedding,” recalls Nina. “They felt it made it really special. Friends from America went to London to watch the royal wedding and then came up here for our wedding.”

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