A BRIDE who narrowly avoided death just 10 months ago has enjoyed a dream £10,000 wedding.
Elizabeth Richardson, 23, saw months of planning come to a spectacular finale when she tied the knot with fiance Liam Turnbull, also 23.
Despite the dreadful weather, Elizabeth said: “It has been my perfect day.”
She lapped up the splendour of her wedding at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool, yesterday and admitted: “I still cannot believe that all this is ours.
“It has been a fantastic journey and we have loved every step of the way.”
The wedding was the culmination of a whirlwind year in which Elizabeth almost died last November.
She was rushed into hospital when she developed blood clots after giving birth to son, Noah.
Elizabeth was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her right lung and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.
Mum-of-one Elizabeth, a support worker, faced a 12-day fight for life with doctors telling her she could die.
But she pulled through and then went on to win the competition in April.
It was the start of a five-month journey as Elizabeth and Liam collected the impressive list of 18 prizes supplied by companies in Hartlepool, Wingate, Billingham, Dalton Park and Middlesbrough.
It all came together at yesterday’s ceremony, which was led by Hartlepool’s deputy superintendent registrar Margaret Cosgrave.
Then it was on to an afternoon reception, also at the Grand Hotel, where the couple were joined by 50 guests.
The hotel hosted Liam and Elizabeth’s night-time function for 120 guests.
Liam said: “People have gone out of their way for making this dream come true for us. We can’t thank them enough.”