Caro­line says s “‘Yes’ to Mark ..and to the dress!

I just put on the sec­ond dress and that was the one. I loved it”

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By SORCHA CROW­LEY

CARO­LINE Harte from River­stown starred in re­al­ity show ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ on RTE last night.

The on­col­ogy nurse mar­ried fi­ancé Mark Quinn in the dress of her dreams last Satur­day af­ter a rocky start to the dress-hunt­ing process.

“I’m a larger lady and when I went into one shop I couldn’t get any of the dresses past my shoul­ders or hip,” she told The Sligo Cham­pion.

Caro­line blocked out the ex­pe­ri­ence and didn’t let it get her down, know­ing deep down that things would come good in the end.

“My way of deal­ing with it was to put it at the back of my mind. I’m not a ner­vous or anx­ious per­son. I’d have worn hood­ies, jeans and con­verse trainers up the aisle if I thought I could get away with it,” she laughed.

It was her fi­ancé’s sis­ter Christina McKe­own who en­cour­aged her to ap­ply for ‘Say Yes to the Dress’.

Ire­land’s most fa­mous wed­ding plan­ner Peter Kelly a.k.a. Franc presents the Ir­ish ver­sion of in­ter­na­tional re­al­ity hit se­ries.

The ten part se­ries was filmed eight weeks ago in a new cou­ture sec­tion of Vows bridal store in Blar­ney Busi­ness Park in Cork, stocked with dresses from all over the world.

Cam­eras fol­low brides through the bridal sa­lon as they try on all the styles, colours and pat­terns to then face their fam­i­lies and friends in the hope that they will Say Yes to the Dress.

“I thought I had noth­ing to lose so I sent in a video say­ing why I should be picked and then to­tally for­got about it un­til two weeks later when Shi­nawil Pro­duc­tions phoned me,” she said.

Af­ter two more in­ter­views, in­clud­ing a group Skype in­ter­view with Caro­line’s sis­ter Ciara, best friend Claire De­vaney and her brother’s girl­friend Eimear O’Reilly, Caro­line got the good news that she had been cho­sen for episode 3 of the se­ries.

They all headed down to Vows in Cork one Sun­day for a hec­tic day of film­ing.

“I knew I had to get the girls back for work in Sligo on Mon­day so it was full on,” she said.

“The shop was amaz­ing,” she added.

Get­ting up on the fit­ting room pedestal in front of your near­est and dearest at the best of times while hav­ing a cam­era crew film­ing it all might put the best of us un­der pres­sure but not Caro­line.

“Franc is just the nicest man My mother wanted to take him home with her. He is just lovely, said Caro­line.

“He put me com­pletely at ease while be­ing very hon­est about the dresses at the same time,” she said.

Find­ing a dress they ab­so­lutely love can be a lengthy process for most brides. For Caro­line, it only took two dress try-ons to find her dream ‘gúna’.

“I put on the sec­ond dress and that was the one I loved and wanted,” she said.

The dress is Ir­ish-made in Dublin for Vows bridal store in Cork. Caro­line and Mark got en­gaged on her birth­day 11 th Novem­ber in New York last year.

By sheer co­in­ci­dence, the only date avail­able for her re­cep­tion this year was again on her birth­day, 11 th Novem­ber.

The River­stown na­tives tied the knot at Church of the Sa­cred Heart, River­stown at 12.30pm last Satur­day, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel in Ballincar.

The cou­ple watched ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ on RTE 1 last night sur­rounded by their fam­ily and close friends.

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