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Barrow's Hairy Biker married

TV chef Dave Myers had all the ingredients for a perfect wedding as he tied the knot.

Barrow-born Dave wed long-term partner Liliana Orzac in front of friends and family on Saturday.

His best man was fellow Hairy Biker Si King, who greeted guests as they arrived at Barrow Town Hall while a string quartet played in the background.

The motorcycle-loving masterchefs might be known to viewers for their unkempt appearance, but both Dave and Si proved they scrub up well, particularly given the groom’s stag do had taken place in Barrow’s Duke of Edinburgh pub the night before.

Both stars were sporting kilts to mark Dave’s Scottish heritage.

The town hall’s drawing room, decked out with white roses, provided the perfect setting for the intimate and elegant affair.

Romanian-born Liliana dazzled in a stunning Grecian-style, one-shoulder, champagne-coloured gown, which she made herself.

The talented designer was still adding the finishing touches to the garment the night before her big day.

All eyes were fixed on the bride as she entered the drawing room, preceded by two young bridesmaids dressed in blue, one of whom was her daughter.

Clasping a bunch of gold, cream and white roses and amaryllis, her hair styled in a soft bob cut to the shoulders and a fringe sweeping her forehead, her radiant beauty lit up the room – and the groom’s face.

It was a union of two cultures as a bagpipe player announced the bride’s entrance, while Romanian music was played as the bride walked down the aisle, arm-in-arm with her father.

Following the ceremony, Liliana outstretched her arms and locked the groom in a loving embrace before they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

The group of 120 guests – including Dave’s family and friends from Barrow and Liliana’s Romanian family – were then treated to a glass of champagne in the Queen’s room, followed by the main reception in the banqueting hall.

The pair first met more than four years ago, when Dave was filming for the BBC in Romania. Liliana was the manager at the hotel where the crew were staying, and the couple kept in touch by writing to one another after Dave went back to the UK.

“We started out as pen pals and we were lucky enough to fall in love,” beamed Dave.

Liliana then made the move to Britain to be with Dave and they lived together in a home on Roa Island, which has featured on the BBC show Through the Keyhole.

Since moving to the area, Liliana has set up her own business, Liliana Orzac Design, and is a member of Cumbria Multicultural Women’s Network.

Despite gaining celebrity status for his culinary skills, Dave was taking a well-earned rest from the kitchen on his big day, leaving the food to the other professionals.

The couple’s cake was made by Slattery’s in Manchester, the company chosen by Wayne and Coleen Rooney for their show-stopping, white, four-tiered cake when they tied the knot in 2008.

Dave said: “We did some filming at Slattery’s and they became friends of ours, so we thought of them for the cake.”

The occasion was not only a celebration of their love but also Dave’s hometown.

Even Barrow mayor and guest Councillor Rory McClure allowed the loan of his mayoral car for the day as the wedding car.

Dave said: “It was important to me and Lil to have the wedding here. It’s my home town and although I’m away filming a lot, Lil has made a life for herself here too. I cannot get over how incredible the venue looks. The town has done us proud. As a Barrow lad, it makes me quite choked.”

The occasion was another reason for Dave to celebrate as he became a step-father to the bride’s daughter, who attends Chetwynde School in Barrow.

Have your say

congratulations hope you are both as happy as my husband & I are after nearly 25 years

Posted by jill on 6 January 2013 at 17:15

I am absolutely sure this was news
months ago in the Evening Mail!!

Posted by lorraine on 5 January 2013 at 18:33

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