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PUBLISHED: 16:25 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

Dress Stress: Eamma Johal and Lisa Goodhew

Dress Stress: Eamma Johal and Lisa Goodhew

THE thought of someone else turning up in your bridal gown on your wedding day is the stuff of nightmares for some, but for two brides it became a reality. Complete strangers Lisa Goodhew and Emma Johal unknowingly held their hen nights at the same plac

THE thought of someone else turning up in your bridal gown on your wedding day is the stuff of nightmares for some, but for two brides it became a reality.

Complete strangers Lisa Goodhew and Emma Johal unknowingly held their hen nights at the same place, then booked their weddings at the same country hotel on the same day and turned up in the same bridal dresses.

Mrs Goodhew, 30, from Shortlands couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted another woman in her dress after her ceremony at the Bickley Park Hotel, Bickley.

Office Manager Mrs Goodhew said: "A few of my friends were saying there was a woman in the same dress but I was saying 'no way, it might be similar but it won't be the same, there's no way that would happen', but to my horror it was.

"At first I was in denial, it's bad enough if you turn up to a party with the same dress on but not your wedding.

"But once I spoke to Emma we both saw the funny side and got on well.

"It was just bizarre. It's one in a million of all the dresses you could buy. Some brides would be distraught. My husband Brad found it hysterical. He just laughed and said we must both have good taste in dresses.

"Another freaky thing was that my mum met Emma's bridesmaids in the nail salon the day before the wedding."

Both brides bought their dresses from Bride and Groom in Bromley and later found out that they held their hen nights in Madisons restaurant in Biggin Hill.

Mrs Goodhew added: "I went to Egypt on my honeymoon and was half-expecting to bump into Emma."

Operations Manager, Mrs Johal, 31, from Swanley said: "I just thought it was really funny. When I heard there was someone with my dress on I really wanted to meet her and have a photo taken together because I thought it was hilarious. The whole thing didn't ruin the day at all. In fact, it made it more memorable. I loved the dress, I thought it was perfect but I'm still surprised that out of all the beautiful dresses they had in that shop, we both picked the same one."

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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