TWO perfect soulmates are hoping to tie the knot and complete their love story.
Nicola Laws, 23, and partner Mark Thompson, 25, are hoping to win the Hartlepool Mail’s Bride of the Year competition, run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.
And for Nicola, it would be the happiest ending to her fairytale romance which started nine years ago.
Nicola, a clerical officer at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, said: “We might not have the best reason to win but it is worth a try.
“If you ask anybody that knows us, they will tell you we are soulmates and we are a perfect couple.”
Mark, a warehouseman at the Dewhirst factory in Peterlee, met Nicola through mutual friends.
Nicola said: “I had moved to Blackhall from Newcastle with my mam and was quite new to the area when I first saw Mark.”
She said she knew straight away that Mark was the man for her and added: “I had to have him. I persuaded one of his friends for his phone number and we got texting. We arranged to meet and quickly fell in love.
“It has been nearly nine years for us now. We have two children and have lived together for five years.
“We’ve always wanted to get married and Mark proposed on New Year’s Day this year.
“I was crying with happiness and must have said yes 20 times over.”
The couple, from Middle Street, in Blackhall Colliery, say that saving for a wedding has been difficult because “there always seems to be something that needs doing first” and they have two young children - Jack, aged two, and four month old Macie-Mae.
Nicola added: “I think Mark and I deserve to win as we are just a normal couple who are dying to get married and show our love to each other.
“Nine years is a long time to be together and I just want to be able to say we are eventually a married couple. We want to be role models to our two children so when they get older they can say ‘my mam and dad were together nine years, got married and are still married and happy now’.”