Slideshow: Tears galore for Bride of the Year Gemma on her big day

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IT was the wettest day for months – but nothing was going to stop Gemma Kerr from enjoying the biggest day of her life.

The Bride of the Year married yesterday with the spectacular backdrop of HMS Trincomalee for her wedding photographs, as well as storms and 20 miles per hour winds.

But she only had eyes for the man of her dreams, Andrew Bazeley, as the couple from Argyll Road in Hartlepool collected the £13,000 prize they won in a tense finals night six months ago.

The couple will have further reason to celebrate later this year after Gemma told the Mail she is expecting a baby on November 27.

She said: “This whole day has been amazing. With the build up to the wedding and the excitement, and then news that we are having a baby, my life feels complete now.”

The Bride of the Year competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in association with Robert Usher Photography, included a fantastic wedding ceremony in the Captain’s Cabin on board HMS Trincomalee, Then, it was on to a reception at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

Earlier in the day, there were journeys to the ceremony by wedding cars and horse and carriage were also included in a prize package filled with the things every wedding couple needed for their big day.

Gemma, 28, a mum to six-year-old Madeline, said: “This has been an incredible day and I have loved it. I can’t thank the sponsors enough for making my dreams come true.

“I have had everything I would want for my wedding day. We will have memories to last a lifetime.

“The weather might not have been the best but it does not matter. Nothing can take this away from me.”

Andrew, 25, a Hartlepool refuge collector, said: “It has been a really wonderful experience. The best day of my life.”

Gemma’s six-year-old daughter Madeline was a picture of smiles as mummy got her big day. In fact, it was Madeline’s inspirational messages which the couple used to sway the judges on the finals night back in March.

Yesterday, beaming Madeline got to enjoy a ride to the wedding in the horse and carriage before acting as bridesmaid.

Friends and family gathered to help the couple celebrate and to enjoy a night-time reception as well as the wedding breakfast.

New additions to this year’s prize included a photo booth where guests could take memorable photographs, and a sweets table filled with goodies.

Watch out for a feature on the big day next week.