Maid of honour flies in from Australia for Sidbury wedding
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A newlywed’s big day was made extra special when her best friend travelled 10,500 miles to be her maid of honour.
Alison Baldwin-Carter, nee Baldwin, was chuffed that Nicola Seeley jetted in from Brisbane, Australia, to play the key part in her wedding to beau Paul at Sidbury church this week.
It was a triple celebration for Alison, 48, of Hillside, Sidbury, as Tuesday was her nuptials, a reunion and her birthday.
Alison and Nicola, nee Turner, first met aged 13 when they worked in Sidmouth’s Mocha restaurant together.
“We’ve had lots of hilarious times together,” said Alison.
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Hairdresser Nicola moved to Australia permanently when she was 20 after marrying hubby John, a policeman, in October 1990. They have two children together.
Alison has visited Nicola four times over the years and they catch up frequently over the FaceTime app.
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Nicola even threw Alison a hen party in Australia and shared the photos with her in a special booklet. While the bride was unable to attend the bash 16,750km away, she did enjoy a night out in Exeter.
Alison and Paul met while playing darts at the Rising Sun pub.
Alison, a chef at the Blue Ball, said of her hubby: “He’s absolutely lovely – such a sweetheart.”
Ottery born and bred Paul said: “I love her to bits.”
Paul was treated to a guard of honour from his fellow tar barrelers