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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Her secret’s out

It is considered unlucky for a groom to see his bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony – and for Catherine Rogers keeping her dress a secret was more difficult than normal.

As winner of the Cumbrian Weddings competition last year to win a bridal gown with the most romantic proposal, Catherine chose three dresses from local dress shops. It was then down to readers of Cumbrian Weddings to vote for their favourite.

She was thrilled with the choice when the winning dress was announced at the Live the Dream Wedding Event in March last year and now, more than a year later, the winning gown has been revealed to groom Jonathan May.

The couple, from Welton, impressed judges with their tale of an emotional proposal while visiting the ancient Spanish hilltop town of Altea in September 2007.

They got married on May 30 at St Bega’s Church, Bassenthwaite followed by a reception at the Castle Inn nearby.

With all the interest in the dress it had been a long wait for Jonathan, 35, and he wasn’t disappointed when he saw Catherine in her silk ivory strapless Ian Stewart gown, sprinkled with crystals and diamantes.

Catherine, 27, said: “He said it was a beautiful dress and that I looked stunning in it. He agreed that it was the perfect choice.”

Catherine picked up the dress, from I Do in Cockermouth, a couple of days before the big day excited that the time had come to wear her beautiful prize.

On the morning of her wedding day Catherine, her sister and bridesmaid Rebecca and mum Sheena went to Dada Hair and Beauty in Carlisle and then back to the Castle Inn where they helped Catherine with her dress.

“I was nervous about the event as it was the culmination of lots of planning. But the dress was beautiful,” said Catherine.

It is every bride’s prerogative to arrive at her wedding ceremony late and Catherine was no exception.

“I was 20 minutes late to the church,” she said. “My dress had lots of little buttons on it which took longer to do up than we thought.

“The time went so quickly.”

Catherine’s brother Mark gave her away and he also played the saxophone during the ceremony.

After the ceremony and photographs by Bassenthwaite, the 40 guests enjoyed a champagne reception in the gardens at the Castle Inn and games including Connect 4, jenga and swingball.

Catherine, a marketing officer, said: “The games were Jonathan’s idea. We wanted guests to have fun and feel relaxed.

“It was a perfect day. The weather was glorious, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

“It showed the Lakes at its best.

“In the evening there were Chinese lanterns outside which were very romantic and this was the perfect end to the day.”

Jonathan’s close friend Nicki Ruddy was best woman and gave a speech at the reception along with Rebecca and Mark.

Catherine’s family had travelled from Yorkshire and some of Jonathan’s friends had travelled from New Zealand and Canada.

Many of the guests stayed overnight and the next day they went out on a cruise on Derwentwater and enjoyed a picnic.

“We hadn’t seen some of the guests for a long time and it was nice to be able to spend time with them.

“I didn’t want it to end,” said Catherine.

Catherine and Jonathan, who works for Carlisle City Council, spent four days in Prague following the wedding and have booked to go to the Maldives in November.

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