Happy cou­ple’s jour­ney from 192 bus aisle to dream wed­ding

NEW­LY­WEDS EN­JOY SPECIAL DAY WORTH £19,000 AF­TER WIN­NING M.E.N. COM­PE­TI­TION

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By DIANNE APEN-SADLER news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

A COU­PLE have thanked the M.E.N. for their dream wed­ding... years af­ter they got en­gaged on the 192 bus.

Katie Picken, 27, and Nick Green­wood, 30, had been try­ing to save enough money to pay for their big day af­ter get­ting hitched on the back of a sin­gle-decker bus.

But thanks to the Win A Wed­ding con­test – run by the M.E.N. and the Manch­ester Mar­riott Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Ho­tel – they were able to cel­e­brate with loved ones on a dream day worth more than £19,000.

The cou­ple, who have three chil­dren, de­cided to tie the knot years ago, af­ter Nick popped the ques­tion while they were sat on the bus as it pre­pared to leave Stock­port bus sta­tion.

But life got in the way – with bills and other fam­ily ex­pen­di­ture eat­ing up their bud­get.

When Katie and Nick saw the M.E.N.’s com­pe­ti­tion, they en­listed rel­a­tives and friends to help col­lect around 500 to­kens from the pa­per dur­ing June and July.

Katie said: “I’ve al­ways wanted a big wed­ding but be­cause we’ve got three boys to­gether, and we had the boys first, it was never go­ing to hap­pen. We could never af­ford the wed­ding I wanted. If we hadn’t won we were go­ing to do it our­selves, it would have been a re­ally cheap town hall thing with just a few wit­nesses. I can’t even put it into words, I can’t thank everybody enough.”

The cou­ple have three boys to­gether, Mor­gan, seven, Fred­die, six, and twoyear-old Noah.

Katie said that los­ing Nick’s mum, Dilys, to can­cer in 2014 was the turn­ing point that made him push for a big wed­ding as ‘life’s too short.’

Nick has pro­posed to Katie a year af­ter they met in 2009 on the way back from col­lect­ing a wed­ding ring in Stock­port.

Katie said: “We were sat on the bus on the way home and he said ‘you’d bet­ter put it on then.’ It wasn’t a ro­man­tic thing, it was on the 192 bus!”

The cou­ple met while work­ing to­gether to help adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties in Leven­shulme, and while it was love at first sight for Katie, Nick wasn’t as en­thu­si­as­tic.

She said: “He came in my door one day and I just knew. I just knew that he was go­ing to be mine. At the time he said no – it took me from June to De­cem­ber for him to say yes.

“You can call it beg­ging if you want. At the time he didn’t want to set­tle down as he’d just came out of a re­la­tion­ship.”

Now the cou­ple live to­gether in Hyde and they’ll be jet­ting off for a five-night mini hon­ey­moon in Tener­ife hav­ing tied the knot on Satur­day.

The wed­ding took place at the Manch­ester Mar­riott Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Ho­tel with 50 day and 100 evening guests.

The pack­age the cou­ple won in­cluded pho­tog­ra­phy and film from Gray Wed­dings, a wed­ding dress from Sense and Sen­si­bil­ity and a wed­ding cake courtesy of Slat­tery’s.

They also re­ceived flow­ers from Venus Flow­ers, suits from Best Man Hire and hair and make-up from The Dollz.

PHOTO: GRAY WED­DINGS

Nick Green­wood and Katie Picken on their wed­ding day

PHOTO: GRAY WED­DINGS

Katie is walked down the aisle by her dad Paul

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