HAPPISBURGH: Wedding belles

Happisburgh wedding show

Happisburgh wedding show - Credit: Archant

Residents of a coastal village had an unusual surprise when over 40 wedding dresses were delivered to the parish church. All was to be revealed when St Mary’s Church in Happisburgh announced a wedding dress show was to take place down the aisle with a special guest explaining the history of unique designs and, in some cases, the famous brides who wore the gowns.

Organisers were church supporters Melanie and Peter Martin. Peter said: “We had this show in mind about four years ago when a successful dress designer, Kevin Thornhill, visited Happisburgh on a family holiday.”

And after several phone discussions over several months, it was agreed the church was a prefect location for a fashion show and Mr Thornhill was persuaded to return to Happisburgh for another “holiday”.

With the help of three local, young ladies and support from parishioners the show went ahead and raised £363 which will benefit local churches. As the models walked the aisle Kevin Thornhill explained the history and design of copies of wedding gowns worn by Lady Diana Spencer, Kate Middleton and Princess Anne. Mr Thornhill was trained by Terri Fox who worked for the Emmanuel’s. He worked on Princess Diana’s dress during that time. He then set up his own business and for 15 years designed and made wedding dresses. He continues to create wedding gowns as well as theatre costumes.

Pictured, from left: Melanie Martin, Kevin Thornhill and models Heather, Nicole, Mavis and Isabel.

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