Intimate wedding at the Catlins for cyclist

04:31, Sep 24 2012
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Southland cyclist Laura Fairweather (left) was smiling after Sweet Treats owner Bernadette Kean delivered a free wedding cake to say well done for winning three medals at the Paralympics.

A perfect sunny day was the icing on the cake for  Southland cyclist Laura Thompson when she married James Fairweather yesterday. 

Mrs Fairweather (nee Thompson) teamed up with visually impaired Phillipa Gray to bag a trifecta of medals at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Competing in the Paralympics meant Mrs Fairweather did not have enough time to organise a wedding cake, so she had planned to make her own.

However, Sweet Treats owner Bernadette Kean stepped in and offered to make the cake to say ''congratulations on behalf of Southland''.

Ms Kean is an award winning pastry chef who sells special occasion cakes and treats on her website and at the Southland Boys' Sunday farmers market.

''I thought it would be something nice to do to say well done and help her out. She worked hard at her passion and baking cakes is mine,'' Ms Kean said.


She made a traditional, three tier, iced, mud cake that matched the wedding theme.

The cake was topped with fresh flowers.

Mr and Mrs Fairweather had a small intimate wedding at the family business in the Catlins and were delighted with the cake.

''I am so grateful for the cake, Bernadette was so kind and generous/ It's a real Southland trait, and everyone here has supported me,'' she said.

Having the cake made had given her more time to spend with her family before the wedding and to put the final touches to her big day, she said.

''It was an amazing, perfect day and the sun was shining,'' she said.

The Southland Times