Chris Newsome and Kim Tierney who met on reality TV show Farmer Wants a Wife married at the weekend in Tamworth, while a New Zealand Catholic matchmaking service has announced its service is opening in Australia.
The Northern Leader reports that a love story that blossomed on national television had a fairytale ending at Tamworth's St Nicholas's Catholic Church at the weekend when 33-year-old Kim Tierney said "I do" to former Tamworth farm manager, Chris Newsome, 35.
The couple had met and fallen in love on the top-rating Channel 9 reality TV show, Farmer Wants A Wife, last year.
Kim and Chris are now living on the North Coast where Chris is managing a property.
The bride arrived at the church in one of a pair of immaculate matching 1964 Austin Princess limousines – believed to have been sourced from Newcastle – before being whisked inside on the arm of her father.
Chris, who had female audience members swooning in the aisles across the nation while the show was on air, radiated star quality in a grey pin stripe suit matched with a silver tie featuring an abstract pattern and a crisp white shirt.
Meanwhile, PR Inside says that two Australian Bishops have given Catholic Matchmaker NZ permission to promote within their Dioceses, with others considering the option.
This means that Australian Single Catholics may now search online for friends and a marriage partner.
"People are increasingly isolated in our busy world, and are using the Internet more and more to fill their needs. This is a great step for the Catholic church to allow use of the technology available to us for the Glory of God," says Clare Omvig, Director of Catholic Matchmaker NZ.
"My husband and I met using a Catholic Matchmaking service, and we finally realised that we have the skills to provide that service to others,” Clare Omvig says.
The service started in September 2007, with Wellington Archbishop John Dew's blessing and permission to promote in the Diocese of Wellington. Since then all the Bishops of New Zealand have given permission within their dioceses.
"There has been some interest from Australia, so we have started the process of seeking out permission to promote within each diocese of Australia," Ms Omvig said.
Townsville Bishop Michael Putney, and Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors have both given their permission to promote Catholic Matchmaker within their dioceses, PR Inside says.
(Northern Daily Leader, 2/6/08)
Catholic Matchmaker NZ Expands to Australia (PR Inside, 31/5/08)