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Rog and Mel do a Posh 'n' Becks.

Byline: By Gareth Rogers South Wales Echo

Cardiff City stars who attended their Wag wedding of the year have appeared in OK! magazine.

When rookie defender Roger Johnson, 24, married his childhood sweetheart-turned-model girlfriend Melissa Baxter, they sold the pictures to the popular magazine in true Posh and Becks style.

The glossy celebrity-packed pages show the happy couple pictured alongside Roger's team mates Paul Parry, Michael Chopra and Darren Purse, with their respective Wags Sam Williams, Heather Swan and Lindsay Purse.

The Dorset church wedding, held in golden sunshine, was followed by a marquee reception at the Miss Great Britain entrants' mum's house.

Bournemouth-born Melissa, 23, who was a star of TV show Poor Little Rich Girls, sparkled down the aisle in a Hollywood Dreams dress and was given away by her grandfather Ian, as her dad Bruce died when she was 13.

The new Mrs Johnson said: "It's really nice because Roger and his family knew my dad."

After the wedding, the couple and their guests posed for photographs at the beautiful seven-and-a-half-acre lakeside setting before the bride changed into her party gear - a specially designed Lipsy evening dress as the Champagne started to flow.

But, following the reception, the couple dropped the bombshell that they are not going to live in Cardiff - Roger will be joining his new wife in Bournemouth, where she has recently been living.

For the man signed from Wycombe Wanderers a year ago, the wedding capped a terrific year. He proved a big hit with the Ninian Park faithful and his fellow players.

After making his first start in City's sensational sell-out victory against Birmingham City, which put the Bluebirds top of the Championship, the tough tackling defender went on to win a hat-trick of awards at the supporters' club's end-of-season presentation.

The Surrey-born star was handed the magic moment award for his "off the cuff" dancing goal celebration after scoring in the 4-1 win against Preston North End at Ninian Park.

Johnson, a self-confessed Star Trek fan, also scooped the most improved player and the Disabled Supporters' Club player of the year as well as being voted the sexiest player in the Coca Cola Championship.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Aug 1, 2007
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