COLLEGE sweethearts Amy Cummins and Mark Moore put their names forward in the nick of time to enter a competition with a fantastic prize at stake.
The couple, who both hail originally from Hartlepool ,were one of the last entrants before the deadline passed at the weekend in the Bride of the Year competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.
Now they’re hoping the story will have the ultimate in happy endings.
The couple, both aged 28, started their love story when they were both at Hartlepool Sixth Form College where they first met 11 years ago.
Amy, now of Mindrum Terrace, in North Shields ,and formerly from the Fens area of town, said: “We shared a biology class together and didn’t really speak much to each other until we went on a college field trip.
“After the field trip I plucked up the courage to text Mark and ask him out. For our first date we went to the cinema and have been inseparable ever since.”
The couple first left town when they both went to Newcastle University. Then, they moved to Stirling in Scotland where Mark, originally from the Clavering area of town, undertook a further degree.
Amy, now a customer service scientist for a Newcastle company, said she and Mark, a verification officer for a first aid firm in Hartlepool, had “supported each other through university, moving up to Scotland for work, and then moved back to the North-East for work and to be closer to family”.
It was while they were living in Scotland that Mark popped the question.
Amy said: “It was a total shock but in a good way. We had spoken about getting engaged but I was always worried about the cost of a wedding.”
But on September 7, 2007, Amy got a birthday surprise she will never forget.
“Mark gave me a big box in wrapping paper for my birthday present. When I took the paper off, it looked like a shoebox but when I looked inside there was a ring box nestled in the paper.
“I said yes straight away and we celebrated out engagement with all our friends and family in Hartlepool at the Hillcarter Hotel.
“Since that time we have been saving for a wedding but other things have always got in the way. When we went to Italy last year to see our best friends getting married it was so magical and made us both realize that we want to be able to get married and share our happiness with all of our family.”
Amy added: “Winning Bride of the Year would make our wedding dreams come true. To be able to celebrate our love and happiness with all of our family and friends in the place we first met would be amazing, and the date of the wedding would be one day before our six-year anniversary of when Mark proposed.
“I couldn’t think of anything more perfect.”
The deadline has now passed for the Bride of the Year competition. The process to find our eventual winners will be revealed in the Mail next week.