THE excitement is mounting and the countdown really is under way.
Elizabeth Richardson, 23, is having a great time as she puts together the details of her big day which arrives in a little over two months.
“It is sort of becoming real,” said the Chester Road area mum-of-one.
“We have gone into wedding overload. We are looking at guest lists, we are sorting the finer details and it is all really exciting.”
Elizabeth and fiance Liam Turnbull, 22, were chosen as winners of this year’s Bride of the Year competition which is run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.
They will marry at the Grand Hotel, in Hartlepool, this September.
One of the most important part of the plans are to make sure the wedding invitations are sorted and that meant a trip to Ords Printers, in Avenue Road, Hartlepool.
Angela Pearson is the shop manager at Ords which has been in town since 1840.
She said: “This is an exciting time for the couple and it is always good to be involved in something like this.
“We have been involved down the years and it is nice to see the plans coming together for Liam and Elizabeth.”
The 20-strong team at Ords is expert at helping couples with their wedding stationery.
They can provide anything from table plans to invitations and place cards to order of service settings.
But the Ords team is so much more than that, as Angela explained.
“We can help couples with information such as RSVP dates and other details that they need to know about,” she said.
“It is the sort of thing which people send us thank you letters for. We got boxes of chocolates sent as well. It is lovely.”
Elizabeth herself is no stranger to weddings as she used to work at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience which often is the venue for the biggest day in many a couple’s life.
“My own wedding is coming around quickly,” she said.
“I loved being at Ords because they had so many books to look at and so many different styles. There was some lovely stuff there.”
Elizabeth’s wedding is one of many being handled by Ords and Angela added: “We are really busy. The recession does not seem to affect weddings.
“People will budget for their big day so it does not really matter when you have it, you plan for it.
“We have clients who come from all over and they also use our new website to order online.”
Ords gets customers from throughout the Tees Valley as well as the County Durham colliery areas.
Our wedding couple were chosen as the winners of this year’s competition when judges were impressed by Liam and Elizabeth’s story of constant love for each other, little romantic touches such as cooking meals together and Liam’s proposal by candlelight.
Then there were more serious matters in life such as Elizabeth’s bravery in battling through a major health scare.
Elizabeth, 22, was rushed into the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton last November after developing blood clots soon after giving birth to her son, Noah.
Her left leg turned completely black and she was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her right lung, and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.
She came within hours of death but somehow pulled through and paid tribute to Liam who had to look after Noah – and keep on working on night shift – while Elizabeth fought for life.