PICTURE the scene. It’s 1pm on Friday, September 6, 2013.
The setting is the Captain’s Cabin and there, walking across a red carpet to her waiting groom, is a beautiful bride ready to take her wedding vows on the biggest day in her life.
And once the emotional ceremony is over, there’s the rest of the wonderful wedding day package to enjoy.
But for one lucky bride, this is no daydream. It will be reality thanks to the £12,000-plus Bride of the Year competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.
Photographer Robert Usher is the man who compiles the fantastic line-up of prizes for the competition. Each year, there’s new twists as well as well-established favourites.
But not only that, he also provides a wedding album worth £1,400 for the bride and groom.
He said: “We had last year’s Bride of the Year wedding on board HMS Trincomalee and it is nice that we can follow on from the fantastic wedding we had last year.
“Everything has come together. For me, it is lovely to follow the couples from the first time they enter to the finals night, and then to the wedding itself.
“It is wonderful to be able to give them a gift of a wedding.”
Robert, who is based at his studio in York Road, Hartlepool, has been a photographer for more than 35 years and covered well over 1,400 weddings.
Also included in the prize is a fantastic wedding venue, reception package, musket firing display and much more thanks to HMS Trincomalee, Cleveland Caterers and Hartlepool Borough Council.
HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager David McKnight said: “We are delighted once again to be associated with this splendid occasion.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our involvement in Bride of the Year in 2012 including meeting the contest’s finalists and we look forward to another strong entry in 2013.”
The magnificent ship is steeped in history and holds between 25 and 45 weddings a year. This year, it could be your big day happening at the iconic landmark.
From reception drinks to the toast in the Sir William Gray Suite for your wedding ceremony and the dinner itself. Cleveland Caterers is providing it all free of charge for our winning couple.
The company’s proprietor Stephen Connolly said: “It is great to be involved once again and it is nice to promote our facility. The Bride of the Year’s wedding day last year was a wonderful day.
“This place has a wonderful air to it and it does not feel like any other wedding venue. It’s a bit more special.”
Room hire for the wedding reception as well as a musket salute is being provided by Hartlepool Borough Council.
The council’s senior operations manager Wendy Rogan said: “Hartlepool Borough Council are delighted to be able to help again in the Bride of the Year competition this year and look forward to welcoming the winning couple on their wedding day.”
So all we need now is keen couples to put their names forward.
Get in touch. It could be you saying “I do” in style.