A big day for the mother of the bride

Sales assistant Dawn Mann, left, displays the Autonomy range to Angela with Elizabeth looking on
Sales assistant Dawn Mann, left, displays the Autonomy range to Angela with Elizabeth looking on

IT’S getting closer and it is gathering pace.

Elizabeth Richardson’s big day is now a mere three months away, the day when she ties the knot with her sweetheart.

Elizabeth was the winner of the Mail’s Bride of the Year competition, run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.

Her latest adventure was to help her mum to choose the outfit she will wear on her big day and that meant a trip to the Autonomy store at the Dalton Park retail complex.

It’s all part of the excitement which comes with winning a £10,000 package of dream prizes.

Autonomy has stores all over the UK as well as in Ireland. It is providing an outfit worth £150 for the mother of the bride, Angela Richardson, 48.

Store manager Julie Todner, one of five people who work at the branch, said: “I think it is wonderful that we are involved in this competition.

“It is the second year that we have been involved and it is a great opportunity for us to get our name out there.

“There are a lot of well known stores at Dalton Park. A lot of people come here and it is the first opportunity that we get to grab them.

“We are a family run business.”

The ladieswear store’s clientele is mainly people aged 30 and upwards.

It specialises in occasion wear such as weddings as well as work outfits such as suits for women.

Julie said: “We cover a wide range of customer and we find that people come from all over the North-East.”

Angela said: “Autonomy has a lovely selection of outfits, but I have not chosen mine yet. I am going back for a second look. I am after something which looks good on Elizabeth’s wedding day.”

Elizabeth added: “I think the visit has gone well. Autonomy has some lovely jackets and dresses. It is a really wedding-y place.”

She said her wedding plans were going well and added: “Everyone is getting excited. We have got family coming from Plymouth, Dunstable in Kent, King’s Lynn and Edinburgh.

“And every time my story goes in the Mail, I get a rush of text messages! Everyone is collecting copies of the paper.”

Elizabeth’s story struck a chord with readers when we told how the 22-year-old was rushed into hospital last November after developing blood clots following a routine childbirth.

Just days after giving birth to her son Noah, the Chester Road area mum’s left leg turned completely black.

She was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton where she was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her her right lung, and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.

Doctors told her she could die, especially on the first night when every minute was critical.

She pulled through and said it was largely down to the support shown by the man she loved, her fiance Liam Turnbull, also 22.