Bridal beauties grace stage
Letting her arm be twisted by workmates and friends to take part paid off for bride Melissa Bush.
Married in April to Damian, the 27-year-old Milson Kindergarten teacher took the top prize in Monday evening’s Manawatu Bride of the Year show.
‘‘It was really unexpected,’’ Bush said.
She could only grin at the suggestion that as a kindergarten teacher at Milson she’d somehow ‘‘pirated’’ the contest, a longstanding fundraiser for Somerset Kindergarten.
‘‘I didn’t want to go in it, the work team twisted my arm.’’
Still, it was good to be able to wear her dress again, Bush said.
‘‘You think you are just going to hang it up.’’
Her Sheridan Isabella gown came from Palmerston North’s The Bridal Studio.
Bush met her husband when he moved into her flat about six years ago, and he proposed on her graduation day from Victoria University in Wellington.
The couple were married in a paddock at her parent’s Waipukurau farm on a somewhat soggy day ‘‘but when she walked down the aisle it cleared up’’, her husband said.
Show organiser Jill Brider said the emphasis this year was less on pageant and more on family enter- tainment and community.
Each entrant was encouraged to share wedding day incidents and hitches, and to impart words of marital wisdom during their introduction to the audience.
Bush’s words were: ‘‘there are two people in a marriage - one is always right. The other is the husband’’.
First runner-up was Britta Gilbert, and second runner-up was Simone Free. The audience vote went to Adele McKenzie, and the emcee’s-choice prize made by Rachel Bowen, went to La’a Bond ‘‘for putting other people ahead of herself’’.
The 47th annual show attracted 30 entrants, although two brides were unable to take part due to family circumstances. Their wedding stories were read out nevertheless, and if a particular theme emerged from all these anecdotes, it involved unreliable motor vehicles not quite getting brides to the church on time.
A winning smile from 2016 Somerset Kindergarten Bride of the Year competition winner Melissa Bush.