Vote now to make it a double celebration for Budleigh's Catherine

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 September 2016

Catherine Fitzgerald in her wedding shop called Sixpence in Budleigh. Ref exb 37-16TI 7311. Picture: Terry Ife

Catherine Fitzgerald in her wedding shop called Sixpence in Budleigh. Ref exb 37-16TI 7311. Picture: Terry Ife

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It’s a double celebration for one Budleigh Salterton trader after finding out she has been nominated for a regional award – one year after opening her business.

Catherine Fitzgerald, 35, of Sixpence Wedding Boutique, in High Street, has spoken of her excitement at being nominated for a South West Wedding Award.

If Catherine wins, it would recognise her business as the best bridal retailer in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

She said: “I’m extremely excited at being nominated by customers, which makes it even nicer.”

South West Wedding Awards are ‘people’s choice’ accolades, which rely on votes from customers to decide the eventual winners.

The nomination marks 12 months since Catherine first swung open the doors to women looking for custom-made wedding dresses.

Since then, the shop has diversified into offering dress adjustments and fitting teenagers for their prom dresses.

Catherine, of Greenway Lane, said: “We had a really promising prom season and soon we’re hoping to offer communion dresses.”

She also said the shop would be soon offering a service for men’s wedding suits.

Catherine, whose family originated in Exmouth, took over the premises which had been Reflections, run by Christine and Barry Bentley, before they moved further along High Street.

She jumped at the opportunity to open another store after running two similar businesses in Warwickshire.

Voting closes for the South West Wedding Awards on November 7 and the final ceremony will be a gala evening at Plymouth in January.

Anyone wanting to vote should go to www.wedding-awards.co.uk

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