That”s something blue sorted! Manchester City fanatic weds in dress made from old football shirts
Like most brides Karen Bell needed something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for her big day.
But the creative Manchester City fan ticked nearly all the boxes in one – when she turned up in a dress made up of old Blues shirts.
All that was left was for husband-to-be and fellow fanatic Simon, 49, to do was hand over the sparkling new ring.
Something blue: Creative Manchester City fan Karen Bell designed a wedding dress entirely out of her husband-to-be”s old Blue”s shirts
And while most couples head somewhere exotic after the ceremony, the pair rushed to the club”s Etihad stadium to watch their heroes in action.
Karen, 38, from Bury, Greater Manchester, said they only decided to get married four weeks before tying the knot.
She said: “It was the day of a match so Simon said I would have to turn up in a City shirt. That set me off thinking and I decided to do this.
“We wanted to do something different because we have both been married before.”
Karen spent three weeks at a sewing machine armed with a collection of Simon’s Blues shirts from the 80s and onwards.
“It was a labour of love,” she said. “I was at the sewing machine six nights a week.”
The pair wed in Chester before heading to Manchester for the match against Stoke, which City won 3-0.
Perfect match: Ms Bell was inspired to make the dress after her husband told her that as they were getting married on the day Manchester City were playing a big game she would have to get married in her Blues shirt
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City wears the blue kit used by Ms Bell to make her wedding dress, while striker Mario Balotelli models the red and black away kit – used by Ms Bell for the trim
Karen said: “Everyone was stopping us to take pictures on the way in. We thought about going corporate but we have had season cards for years and we know everyone around us so we just went in our normal seats.
“It was brilliant – everyone kept buying us drinks.”
Karen said the dress received favourable reviews when the pair retired to the Radisson Edwardian hotel for the evening.
She explained: “We were in the bar there and someone came over and asked me if it had been designed by Vivienne Westwood.”
After the match the couple had a honeymoon in Edinburgh. Simon, who is from Stockport, said: “I was amazed when I saw her. The shirts were in a suitcase in the loft and I sacrificed them as a demonstration of my commitment.
“We didn’t tell any of our friends and when we met them before the match in the Summerbee bar they couldn’t believe it.
I should have charged for pictures,” he said.