Here comes the bride - again

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 12:01 19/03/2013
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BRIDAL BEAUTY: Bride Alisha Saunders, of Gore, is assisted by her mother, Marlene Ryan, as brides Amanda Anderson, left, and Tara Dobias also make final adjustments for the Bride of the Year contest in Winton last night.

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The winner of the Central Southland's Rural Women's 31st Bride of the Year competition last night was Haylee Preston.

Second place went to Sophie Herbert and third place to Amy Priest.

A sea of taffeta, silk and lace transformed the Winton Memorial Hall last night for the 31st Bride of the Year competition.

Backstage, as the 30 brides prepared to parade down the hall aisles, they agreed that "another chance to wear my wedding gown" was the reason for their competition appearance.

They were nervous but not as much as on the big day itself.

Many of the brides wore a strapless gown and the sweetheart neckline was a popular trend.

Event organiser Lorna Anderson said she could not decide who to vote for because they were all beautiful brides.

Luckily for Ms Anderson, the winner Haylee Preston was chosen by the audience, who voted during the three heats until the final elimination.

Backstage, as all the brides prepared to march around the hall they all concurred:"Another chance to wear my wedding gown" was why they had entered.

Some brides such as Carla Meehan from Invercargill, entered because they wanted another chance to show off special creations.

Mrs Meehan's mother had made her champagne coloured silk gown and she had designed her birds nest bouquet, which she was now on display in her dining room.

Some brides said they were nervous but not as much as on the big day itself.

Many in the crowd attended every year. Among the audience were family and friends supporting their bride as well as brides-to-be, who were searching for perfect wedding dress ideas.

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