FEATURE WEDDING: Hockey team and singing best man made wedding day extra special

Catherine Marie Dickinson married Bradley Liam Kendall Morrow at Our Lady's and St Michael's RC Church, followed by a reception at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club. 'Photos by Chris Kirk at Bay Photographic - www.bayphotographic.co.uk
Catherine Marie Dickinson married Bradley Liam Kendall Morrow at Our Lady's and St Michael's RC Church, followed by a reception at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club. 'Photos by Chris Kirk at Bay Photographic - www.bayphotographic.co.uk
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A surprise guard of honour from her hockey team mates made Catherine Dickinson’s wedding day all the more special.

And it was their love of sports which brought her and Bradley Morrow together in the first place.

The pair, who live in Farington, Leyland, met in 2008 at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster.

Both played for sports teams - Catherine played hockey and Bradley rugby - and they met at a student sport night.

Bradley remembers: “We began talking over a few drinks and the relationship progressed from there through mutual friends and chatting online, until I eventually asked if she would like to go for a meal in Lancaster, which ended up being at the Fortune Star.”

The proposal came in 2013 when the couple stayed in Windermere for the Easter holidays.

“We took a day trip to Grasmere, and despite having a fractured knee, I managed to get down on one knee to propose on a walking trail,” Bradley says.

“Catherine was completely shocked and was not expecting it at all. I was terrified before proposing but relieved when she said ‘yes’.”

Catherine, a primary school teacher from Longridge, and Bradley, a data migration analyst from Barrow-In-Furness, wed at Our Lady’s and St Michaels RC Church, followed by a reception at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, on August 15.

To their surprise, Catherine’s team mates from Longridge Hockey Club created a hockey stick guard of honour as the bride and groom entered and left the church.

Bradley explains: “She has been a member for 10 years but I have absolutely no idea who arranged the guard of honour as neither myself or Catherine were expecting it.”

The best man, Patrick Meehan, also had a trick up his sleeve to make the day personal and memorable, performing his speech in the form of a song, and using his guitar.

The cake was created out of wheels of the couple’s favourite cheeses from Garstang, and they enjoyed a cruise around the Mediterranean for their honeymoon.