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Here comes the bride: Tami Neilson (35)

Here comes the bride: Tami Neilson (35)
Most brides wear their wedding dress for just one day, but country singer Tami wore hers three times – twice to marry husband Grant Tetzlaff and also at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in 2009, where she wore her bridal skirt with a black Johnny Cash T-shirt and red boots.

Her big day was all about Tami – now the focus has shifted to looking after her son Charlie. Photo/Michelle Hyslop

The 35-year-old Canadian-born singer moved to New Zealand to marry Grant in a beautiful outdoor ceremony near Maraetai, Auckland, in March 2007.
She then tied the knot again a month later in Ontario, Canada, with her North American family and friends close by.
The dress has stayed in a rubbish bag in Tami’s garage until last week, when she put it on for the Weekly.
“There was probably a little more of me to lace into it this time,” laughs Tami, who is now mother to 13-month-old Charlie.
“I did get into it, but it didn’t fit quite the same as it did back then.”
Since having her son last year, Tami has gone from a size 10 to a 12. And although she stopped breastfeeding a few months ago, the three cup sizes she gained during this time have remained.
However, her lace-up dress allowed her to loosen the corset to fit.  Although she has always been curvy, the change in her body has come as a surprise for the charismatic singer.
“Everyone says [your breasts] will get smaller after having a baby and I was looking forward to that – but it turned out to be a lie.”
Wearing the dress, Tami recalls “how much fun” her two weddings were – both receptions had show business themes, complete with toffee apples and candy floss for the Canadian party and Jaffas at the Kiwi event – but it also reminds her how much life has changed.
“As soon as I put on the dress, I feel full of life and I’m a princess all of a sudden – even if I’m a princess chasing after a one-year-old. Now my number-one priority is being a mum.”

Emma Rawson & Kelly Bertrand


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