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Monday, 24 November 2014

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A different kind of groom at Carlisle Racecourse

Hundreds of brides and grooms-to-be descended on Carlisle Racecourse for the area’s biggest wedding event.

Wedding fair photo
Saskia Patrick and her Sassy Vintage stand

Your Wedding Show, which took place on September 23, boasted the area’s best suppliers in the wedding industry as visitors took inspiration for their big day.

From classic cakes and vintage-inspired flowers to stunning venues and photography, three floors and an outside area were packed with exhibitors covering all the wedding day essentials.

The highlights were two catwalk shows where vintage styles were a key theme in the latest designs of bridal fashion and accessories. Professional models strutted their stuff as they showcased bridalwear, mother of the bride, bridesmaid and groomsmen outfits.

Carlisle duo So What entertained the audience before each catwalk show and Emma Watson, of Emma’s Flowers, Cockermouth, created floral arrangements for the venue entrance and catwalk, complemented with vintage picture frames and lots of lace.

The show opened with a dramatic display of ballet dancing by a model wearing a retro style short bridal gown from Kokoa Bride, Penrith.

The model’s hair was created by Angel Hair, Carlisle and make-up by Sarah Mattinson and chair covers were provided by Belle Wedding Supplies.

Marie Whitehead, director of event organisers CN Events, was pleased with the turnout.

“We’ve had more ticket pre-sales than ever thanks to our new ticketing system,” she said. “The good weather has meant it has been great for our outside exhibitors and there has been a nice atmosphere.”

Fine weather meant visitors were able to sit outside and enjoy music by band Swift, from Allonby and Maryport.

Bride-to-be Lauren Crossan, of Currock, Carlisle, was interested in looking at wedding rings that would sit well with her sparkling engagement ring.

Her bridesmaid Laura McBratney enjoyed the day with her.

Lauren, who gets married at Carlisle United in June next year, said: “I’ve already chosen my dress and came here to look at rings and venue decorations.

“I’ve sorted out the chair covers today and have been looking at ideas for favours as Laura is going to make them for me.”

Saskia Patrick, of Sassy Vintage, was exhibiting at the show for the first time and brought an array of fine china cups, saucers and vintage accessories.

“There’s a really friendly atmosphere,” she said. “I’ve noticed a lot of vintage styles and people have been asking about having afternoon teas at their wedding.

“It’s a very personal and traditional theme.”

As well as being the venue for Your Wedding show Karen Brownrigg, sales manager for Carlisle Racecourse, was showcasing it as a wedding venue.

“We offer couples exclusivity so they get it all to themselves,” she said. “There are views across the countryside and we can hold drinks receptions by the paddock. There’s lots of room.

“We’re more than just a venue for the races.”

Actor Hugh Burgess was showing visitors his Vespa Spa spray tan, available at Angel Hair Studio in Carlisle.

Kathryn Earl, of Gillfoot Road, Egremont, is counting down to her wedding in August next year and brought her fiance Anthony Bartley along to the show.

“I know the months are going to go really quickly,” she said. “I’ve been looking at cakes and wedding rings today.”

Visitors were the first to get copies of the latest issue of Your Wedding Planner, the twice yearly glossy wedding guide produced by the same team behind Your Wedding Monthly.

The next Your Wedding Show will take place on Sunday April 14 at Carlisle Racecourse.

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