Beautiful Bride-To-Be Joanne Beaver from Hadleigh in Suffolk is pictured with fiance Michael Barrett receiving Gift Certificates from Sharna Bird at Just A Day Bridal in Ipswich, where Joanne entered The Wedding Guide’s competition. Joanne, Speech and Language Therapist for Adults with learning disabilities at Mariner House in Ipswich, is to marry Michael, a Pharmacist for Boots in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich in May 2016. They met when in their first year at Reading University and Joanne’s first sight of Michael was covered in blue body paint and dressed as one of the Smurfs and then Tweety Pie! They got chatting and Michael asked Joanne out and they have been together ever since. Luckily both their courses were for four years so they were able to be together throughout their time at University.
Michael proposed at the beginning of December last year. They always exchange Christmas cards in early December and in his card Michael had written lovely things and “for that reason….” He asked her to read the card out loud and as she got to that part, Joanne looked up and saw Michael down on one knee and he asked her to marry him. She told us she thought it would happen at some stage but was completely taken by surprise, but did say “yes”. They went over to see her parents to tell them – Michael had asked her father for his daughter’s hand beforehand - and celebrate their engagement
They will be married at St. George’s Church in Shimpling, where Joanne’s parents live and where Claudia Schiffer got married, followed by a Reception at Smeetham Hall Barn, Bulmer, Nr. Sudbury. They will be attended by three bridesmaids – Michael’s sister Ann, cousin Zoe, and best friend from school, Chloe plus two Pageboys who are their nephews and Michael’s Best Man will be Sam, his friend for life from school. They hope to honeymoon in Portugal.