Bride-to-be parties at the races

Bride-to-be Tegan Edgerton was followed by a team of about 35 women for her hen's do at the Invercargill Christmas at the Races on Saturday. Photo: Abbey Palmer

HEADS were turned at the Invercargill Christmas at the Races last weekend when a bride-to-be entered with a party of more than 30 white-clad women in tow.

Southlander Tegan Edgerton found out on Saturday morning she was off to bet and collect ahead of her January wedding.

“I actually had nothing to do with it, my wonderful bridesmaids knew I wanted to come. I’m thrilled.”

While most people would have about 15 people at their hen’s party, she had more than double the number.

All dressed in white with pink sashes, there were not many places you could go without seeing one of the group.

“I just have a really good group of friends and they all showed up.

“Mostly everyone is from the Southland area so Invercargill was an easy place for us all to come to.”

(From left) Ant Pont, of Invercargill, Josh Milne, Kelly Duffy, George Duffy, all of Winton, and Ezekiel Maheno, of Invercargill.

While the morning began with flower crown making and getting dolled up, she was anxiously awaiting what her bridal party had in store for her, she said.

“I just hope they’re kind to me, I have no idea what they have planned.”

Little did she know she was about to be embarrassed in front of thousands of people.

However, maid of honour Jenna Howley said she was prepared to bear the brunt of it.

“She’s going to walk in fashion in the field in one of those blow-up jockey suits that make you look like you’re riding the horse.

“We also entered her in the T-Rex race so she has to run on the [racecourse] track in a dinosaur costume. She’s going to hate us.”

Although Ms Edgerton said she was expecting some shameful moments, she was just happy to be there.

“I imagine we’ll just be relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, taking it all in. It’s a great atmosphere.”

(From left) Gina McKenzie, of Invercargill, Terri Byars, of Gore, Nikki Brown, of Invercargill, Lucy de Pass, of Gore, Georgina Welsh, of Invercargill, Tegan Erickson, of Gore, and Amy Gilkison, of Invercargill.
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