An invitation to the biggest day

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“WE are already being recognised in the street,” said Gemma Kerr.

She was speaking about the public’s interest in her being crowned the winner of the Bride of the Year competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.

Gemma, 28, and Andrew, 25, were crowned our champions a little over a fortnight ago. Their big day arrives on Friday, September 6.

The occasion includes taking their wedding vows in the Captain’s Cabin on board HMS Trincomalee.

Andrew adds: “There’s people who have said to us ‘you were in the Mail weren’t you?’”

They can expect a lot more than that as they collect a fantastic prize courtesy of sponsors who are providing everything from the rings to the flowers, and the cake to the cars.

Ords is the perfect choice for any couple’s wedding invitation package.

This is a company which has been around since 1840 and is believed to be the oldest in town, said director Angela Pearson.

She added: “It is always nice to help the winners of the competition, and to help this young couple on their biggest day.”

Ords specialises in stationery, wedding stationery and digital printing at its Avenue Road premises.

But the company also has bigger premises at Usworth Road where it employs 20 people and does litho printing work. Angela added: “The trend this year seems to be for a lot of people to get married abroad and they seem to like their invitations to come in little pouches.

“We find that our clientele comes from all over the North-East but also from the London area as well. It is probably because of the internet. Our website seems to be going really well at the moment.

“We do get customers from all over the country.”

Bride-to-be Gemma, a mum to six-year-old Madeline, and husband-to-be Andrew, a Hartlepool refuge collector, are keen to get their invitations sorted. Anegla explains how the process takes around two weeks and how Ords has styles and fashions of invitations galore for the couple to browse through. “You can make your own if you want to,” said Angela who has been a stalwart at Ords for more than two decades.

“We have plenty of bows and ribbons and buckles.”

Both Gemma and Andrew have large families who are mainly based in the Hartlepool area. “So many people want to know the date and when they are coming,” said Gemma, still beaming with happiness at her success.

Andrew added: “All our relatives are over the moon for us and they say it could not have happened to a nicer couple.”

Both Gemma and Andrew have repeatedly stressed how important it is to them to have family with them on their big day. That dream will come in September.

Angela added: “It is so lovely to be able to help a couple on their wedding journey.”