CATHERINE Britt’s roller-coaster year will reach its highest point on Saturday when she weds James Beverley at Bella Vista function centre in Mayfield.
Newcastle’s favourite female country singer released her sixth album, the critically-acclaimed Boneshaker, in May, but underwent surgery for breast cancer in June and has been receiving scheduled chemotherapy treatment at the Mater Hospital in Newcastle since July.
Speaking on Friday during her final wedding preparations, Britt, 31, was extremely excited about the big day.
‘‘I’m totally ready to settle down,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve had my fun, travelled around the world. I’’ve had the most incredible life. I’ve done some crazy stuff too, but that’s part of life. I’m ready to settle down and have kids with James. And that’s the thing, we both knew that. Timing is everything.’’
The couple met in a Newcastle crossfit gym, where James struck up a conversation that ended up going late into the night.
‘‘We realised we had a lot in common,’’ Britt said. ‘‘We were pretty much inseparable from that night onward. We knew from that first night.’’
Their first date was spent watching a State of Origin match at Catherine’s home over beer and pizza.
Britt hinted during a radio interview this week there would be special celebrity guests at the wedding, but she was not prepared to offer details.
She wouldn’t even commit on whether her dog, Rascal, would be involved in the event. Britt’s father Steve will escort her down the aisle in front of 132 guests at the outdoor wedding ceremony.
Her wedding dress has been made by a Newcastle designer – but she would not reveal who it was.
As Britt is bald due to the cancer treatment – she will be wearing a wig for the wedding.
She purchased her wig from Kylie Clarke, one of Sydney’s premier entertainment industry wigmakers.
In somewhat celebratory fashion, the third video clip from Britt’s Boneshaker album was released on Friday. We’re All Waiting was shot in Newcastle, featuring Britt handing out red roses to various passersby in iconic Newcastle settings including Darby Street, Queens Wharf and Nobbys Beach.
The final frames of the video convert from black and white to colour as Beverley rushes up to Britt and hands her a dozen red roses as he embraces her.
Britt has been nominated for an ARIA award for Best Country album for Boneshaker.
Her next performance is November 21 in Melbourne as part of The Man in Black Reloaded, a Johnny Cash tribute starring Adam Harvey as Cash and Britt as narrator and singing the June Carter songs. The show is set to tour nationally in 2016.