A BRIDE today urged other couples to enter the Bride of the Year challenge – declaring: “I am living proof that dreams do come true.”
Michelle Jewson, 33, has described the Mail’s competition, run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography, as “the best experience ever” after winning last year’s dream £10,000 wedding package.
She and fiance Stephen Jewson tied the knot last August, with three-year-old daughter Isabelle as bridesmaid on the big day for the couple from the Rift House area of Hartlepool.
Mail readers first had to vote for the couples they wanted to reach the finals of our competition.
Then, a panel of judges chose the winner at a tense finale in May.
Michelle, a lecturer at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said she was gobsmacked when she and Stephen, also 33, were announced as winners.
“I could not believe how lucky we were,” said Michelle.
“We were just two people who were in love with each other. We had no sob story to tell the judges. We had no big selling point.
“This goes to show that anyone can win it and people should enter because it is a fantastic experience.”
Michelle and Stephen won a package of prizes which included the bride’s wedding dress, groom’s outfit, rings, and chauffeur-driven transport to the wedding.
The Mail followed the couple every step of the way as they collected the prizes.
Michelle said: “People think it is going to be intrusive to have the Mail following you around, but it is not.
“Everyone involved in the competition was brilliant and just wanted to help us. It was a superb experience. Every single person we met could not have done more to help us and it made our wedding really special.
“It made it just as special as if we had chosen everything for ourselves – and a lot of the people who donated prizes are companies we would have gone to anyway for our wedding.
“It is definitely worth entering because your dreams could come true.”