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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Brides get helping hand with planning big day

Brides and grooms-to-be got on course for the big day at Cumbria’s premier wedding event.

Wedding show photo
Bronja Twentyman, left, and Jane Hollick, from Bron-Ja of Wigton who specialise in mother of the bride

More than 70 exhibitors on three floors exhibited dresses, suits, cakes, transport, jewellery, flowers and accessories – as excited couples, soon-to-be bridesmaids and their families picked up tips.

Your Wedding Show was organised by CN Events, part of Cumbrian Newspapers, publishers of the News & Star, and held at Carlisle Racecourse on Sunday.

People browsed the stalls, tasted food samples and were given expert advice from leading wedding companies on what would be best for their happy day, surrounded by a setting rich in glitz and glamour.

There were “oohs” and “aahs” as models displayed the latest designs in the catwalk shows – events that proved the highlights of the day for many as audience members danced and clapped along to the pumping music. Among the exhibitors was Carol Roberts Couture Bridal, of Warwick Road, Carlisle.

Owner Carol said there was a great atmosphere, adding: “Everybody’s having a good time. Being here is really important because we can get out and show what we can do.”

Sisters Jane Hollick and Bronja Twentyman, joint owners of Bron-Ja of Wigton, specialists in mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom wear, were also exhibiting. Jane said: “The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom don’t want something that six other guests are wearing. As an independent shop we can offer that individuality.”

Bride-to-be Michelle Whitehead, of Carleton Grange, Carlisle, is tying the knot in November to Wayne Kingston.

She was browsing with mum Barbara Whitehead, of Upperby, Carlisle, at the stall of KoKoa Bride, of Warwick Road, Carlisle.

“We’re looking for flowers and hopefully hair and make-up,” said Michelle. “It’s exciting.”

Barbara added: “There’s loads more here than at other shows we’ve been to.”

Sarah Taylor, of How Mill, near Brampton, is getting married in May next year to Gavin Howe. She was checking out the cake samples at the stall of Celebration Cakes by Jackie, which is based near Appleby,

Accompanied by two of her bridesmaids, Becky Brown, of Newby Cross, near Carlisle, and Susan Fawkes, of Welton, they tasted some of the tasty treats available.

“I’m getting ideas and it’s going really good,” said Sarah. “The fashion show was good and it’s nice to speak to people.”

Carlisle-based Explosive Productions, who work around the globe, put on the catwalk show. It featured a team of professional models and a spectacular finale line up, featuring vocal harmony trio, The Overclones which drew to a close to rapturous applause.

Julie Whitfield, from CN Events, said: “We’ve been delighted to welcome everybody here to Cumbria’s premier wedding event.

“The show has been growing in popularity every year and we’re pleased everybody’s having a good time.”

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