WINNING couple Gemma Kerr and Andrew Bazeley are all set for a wedding day filled with memories.
And some of them promise to be laughter-filled thanks to one of the newest sponsors in the Bride of the Year competition.
This year, our bride and groom-to-be can look forward to having a photobooth on their biggest day,.
That’s thanks to Snappy Shack which is run by joint partners Martin Bailey, from Billingham, and Deborah Fairbotham, from Hartlepool.
The firm has been running for just over a year and Martin said the company’s origins came in the fact that both he and Deborah were dancers.
They both wanted to branch out into something new and came up with the idea of a photobooth where people can dress up in masks, wigs and props before having their photographs taken. They are given quality prints, a guest book, a USB stick with the photos and an online secure album.
Our winning couple, in the competition run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography, will get to enjoy it during their wedding evening, on Friday, September 6.
The photos can come in different forms including with logos or the couple’s name on them.
Martin, a teacher for 23 years, explained how it all started. He said: “We both do modern jive dancing. We dance together a lot and we both wanted a change.
“I wanted to try something different.
“We started looking around and this idea come up. We both thought ‘yes, this is it.’”
He and Deborah, who had just been made redundant from an ambulance service, formed the firm which now attends functions from Morpeth to Whitby.
It has a huge stock of props which includes animal masks such as a lion or penguin, Elton John glasses and even beer goggles.
Martin, who is also a church organist, said: “It is great fun and I love the fact that we are at people’s weddings but the hours seem to fly by.”
Gemma said: “This is going to be great fun for everyone at the wedding” while Andrew added: “I can’t wait to have a go at this.”
The couple first became engaged after they attended the wedding of Gemma’s brother Graham last May at Lake Garda, in Italy .
The couple will themselves marry in the Captain’s Cabin on board HMS Trincomalee.