Win­ner 2014

The Tribune (NZ) - - BRIDE OF THE YEAR 2015 -

It took a lit­tle bit of coax­ing from a friend, but last year’s Som­er­set Bride of the Year win­ner Hay­ley Groom­bridge was glad she en­tered the con­test.

Ini­tially, Hay­ley said she wasn’t keen on putting her name for­ward, but a friend had en­tered and talked her into tak­ing part.

‘‘It was re­ally quite fun tak­ing part in the Bride of the Year. You met other girls who had just got mar­ried and you talked about their wed­ding day and of course it was great to be able to wear your wed­ding gown again,’’ Hay­ley said. ‘‘Also it was some­thing dif­fer­ent to do. ‘‘It was amaz­ing to see all the brides to­gether and all look­ing so amaz­ing. And to be cho­sen as the win­ner was even more amaz­ing.’’

As last year’s win­ner Hay­ley is one of the judges this year and she says she will en­joy meet­ing and talk­ing to this year’s brides.

The prizes Hay­ley re­ceived for win­ning Bride of the Year in­cluded vouch­ers from a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses as well as a ham­per of good­ies. But for Hay­ley the real re­ward was the friend­ships she has formed with some of the other brides.

‘‘I’ve kept in con­tact with some of the other girls, we’ve got a cof­fee group go­ing. We get on well and are all at the same stage of life.’’

En­ter­ing Bride of the Year is some­thing Hay­ley highly rec­om­mends.

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