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Sunday 11 December 2016

Seven bridesmaids and no magazine deal for my wedding - Georgia

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Model Georgia Salpa is planning a "low key" wedding but will have a whopping seven bridesmaids accompanying her up the aisle.

The Dubliner is due to wed her businessman beau Joe Penna in a matter of weeks and is putting the finishing touches to the plans for the ceremony in Italy.

However, Georgia (29) admitted she had some trouble when it came to asking her closest friends would be her bridesmaids.

"I have seven bridesmaids - it's so hard to choose," she told the Herald.

Private

The model, who made a dramatic entrance to Punchestown races yesterday in a helicopter, said that the couple wouldn't be selling their wedding photos to a magazine as they wanted to keep the event private.

"I don't think I will," she said. "It's not going to be a big thing, it'll be quite low key.

"We would just rather have it for ourselves and a have a nice day.

"It's going to be really chilled with just close friends and family."

The striking brunette, who was wearing a ruffled dress from Paule Ka and Manolo Blahnik heels, was joined by X Factor judge Louis Walsh and Xpose producer Debbie O'Donnell to pick the most stylish punter at this year's festival.

Dozens of fashionistas battled it out to take part in the Best Dressed Lady competition yesterday.

Coming up trumps was Naas woman Blaithin Dunleavy who impressed in her high fashion ensemble to win the €20,000 prize.

The concert pianist was dressed in a Dice Kayek kimono coat from Naas boutique Gallery 9 and a Roland Mouret dress which she accessorised with a rented Philip Treacy headpiece.

The outfit was set off by Jimmy Choo heels, a Vivienne Westwood brooch and a borrowed Jimmy Choo bag.

A first-time winner, Blaithin admitted she was "shocked" at the top spot.

"Last year I was in the parade ring but I never made it on to the stage" she said.

However, style comes at a price as Blaithin revealed the cost of her designer get-up. The coat alone costing €790 and the shoes were about €400.

There were plenty of familiar faces among yesterday's 28,398 strong crowd, including Irish rugby star Sean O'Brien and Dublin footballers Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly.

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