Just the thing to calm the nerves

Being a bride can be thirsty work.

So Katrina Hayman, nee Fraser, a pig midwife of Hawera, opted for a cold beer at Saturday night's Taranaki Bride of the Year competition in New Plymouth to keep herself hydrated. Married in March to Simon Hayman, she donned her wedding outfit again along with 33 other women to relive, if only in a small way, their big day. Complete with the nerves and, for some, more than on the big day.

"At your wedding you're relaxed because you have your family and friends around for support but in the competition you are sort of all by yourself. It was quite stressful. That's why I was drinking a beer," Mrs Hayman said.

SOMETHING (C)OLD: Hawera farm worker and March bride Katrina Hayman cools off with a swig of beer at the Taranaki Bride of the Year competition in New Plymouth on Saturday night.
SOMETHING (C)OLD: Hawera farm worker and March bride Katrina Hayman cools off with a swig of beer at the Taranaki Bride of the Year competition in New Plymouth on Saturday night.

In a quality some men might appreciate, Mrs Hayman admitted to not being averse to a bottle of beer now and then.

Despite not being placed on Saturday night, Mrs Hayman said she was pleased she had entered. Engaged on March 30, 2011, she wed her man 51 weeks later.

Though the pair travelled to Wairarapa after the wedding for some bungy jumping and bridge swinging, Mrs Hayman said they had yet to go on their honeymoon.

Taranaki Daily News