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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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‘I’m late, I’m late’

It’s traditional for the bride to arrive at the church late but on Kate Webster’s wedding day she couldn’t wait to get there.

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The bridesmaids were Lucy Webster-Thompson and Sarah Brooks and they wore striking one shoulder dresses in midnight blue

Kate, who presented Lookaround at Border TV until 2006 and now is a presenter and journalist at ITV Yorkshire, is originally from the Isle of Man and this is where she married Michael Walby, originally from Aspatria, this summer.

“I remember that it got to about 2pm and I was all dressed and ready,” she says. “I said to my dad that I just wanted to get there.

“I couldn’t wait for the party to start.

“I wanted to see everybody as there were guests I hadn’t seen for a long time.

“When I walked down the aisle all I could see was a sea of faces.”

The couple, who now live in Leeds, love the Lake District but Kate, 32, decided she wanted to go back home to get married.

“We love Cumbria,” she says. “We thought about getting married in Cumbria but when I stopped to think about it I really wanted to go to the church from the home I grew up in.”

They tied the knot at Kirk Maughold Church, Isle of Man but the ceremony was later than they had originally planned due to a mix up with the booking.

There was a new vicar at the church and it had been double-booked but Kate and Michael, 34, had enough time to make changes and as the other couple were booked for 2pm they had the choice of 12 noon or 3.30pm and they went for the later time.

“I was a little worried that if it was bad weather the other couple would have photographs taken in the church after their wedding and it might overlap with our wedding but it was a lovely day.

“It did mean that we could share the church flowers though!”

It was on one of Kate and Michael’s many trips to the Lake District last year, this time for a friend’s wedding, that Kate popped in to I Do in Cockermouth to look at wedding dresses and fell so much in love with a dress that she bought it straight away – but chose to leave it in the shop until closer to the wedding date.

But a couple of months later she was watching the news and saw the floods in the town and that the shop had been flooded.

Thankfully her beautiful Jenny Packham gown, Cleopatra, was upstairs so Kate arranged for Michael’s mother Pauline to rescue it.

“I had been quite chilled out about choosing my dress but I couldn’t believe this had happened,” she recalls. “I was really worried that it would be musty but it was ok.”

Her bridesmaids were her sister Lucy Webster-Thompson and school friend Sarah Brooks and they wore striking one shoulder dresses in midnight blue and Michael’s niece Lana Walby was flower girl and wore an ivory butterfly dress.

Michael’s older brother Craig, who travelled over from Brussels with his family for the wedding, and friend James Stables were best men and ushers were the groom’s brother in law David Thompson and school friend Stuart Wilkinson.

On the wedding day guests travelling to the church were able to see Sellafield on the Cumbrian coast.

Following the ceremony the reception took place in a marquee at Ballannette Nature Reserve, which is owned by the parents of Kate’s childhood friend Alan Clague.

There were 100 guests and they enjoyed a hog roast before the evening celebration got underway, with music from a swing band who got everyone on their feet.

Kate had bought flip flops for the female guests to wear if they were suffering from sore feet from their shoes.

“Having a band helped to get people on the dancefloor,” says Kate. “It was so much fun. We still laugh about the evening do now as we have memories of all our favourite people dancing to New York, New York and doing the congo to Amarillo!”

Although the couple took a short break at the Langdale Chase Hotel, Windermere after the wedding they had taken the unconventional step of going abroad for their honeymoon before they actually got married.

A couple of months before the wedding Michael, a corporate lawyer, had the chance to take a sabbatical with work and went travelling in the Far East and Kate met him for a month in Thailand.

With it being so close to the wedding Kate took her Blackberry with her and left the final wedding preparations in the safe hands of her mum June, sister Lucy and Michael’s mum Pauline.

Kate says: “They sent me the order of service to check when I was on the beach in Thailand.

“My mum was really worried about me breaking a leg or getting strap marks.

“Having a honeymoon before the wedding gave us time away from the wedding planning.

“We had time together where we didn’t really talk about the wedding.”

Kate and Michael met five years ago in Carlisle and Michael proposed in May 2008 when he whisked Kate away on a surprise weekend at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Enniskerry, Ireland.

When they were walking in the gardens of the Powerscourt Estate he pretended to was looking for a banana in his jacket pocket but instead produced an engagement ring.


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