IT was a romance that began in a fast food restaurant. And now a would-be bride-is hoping it ends with a tasty £12,000 dream wedding.
Sophie McKay, 20, says winning the Bride of the Year competition – run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography – would be her way of thanking fiance John Dunbar, 26, for everything he has done for her.
The unemployed couple first met in February last year. Sophie said: “We had known each other for a few days but we got together in McDonald’s. We ended up asking each other out.”
The couple then got engaged in May last year when John popped the question in a crowded bar.
Sophie, who is 14 weeks pregnant with her first child, said: “We were in Diablos and he just grabbed the mic, got down on one knee and said ‘Sophie, will you marry me?’ I was in shock at first but I said yes. There were quite a few people there and they were cheering.”
The couple had hoped to marry next year but Sophie said: “We had to scrap the plans when I fell pregnant. Weddings are quite expensive.”
But then the couple spotted the details of the Bride of the Year competition and are now hoping to win their dream. Sophie added: “I would just like to thank my partner for everything he has done for me. Please make our dreams come true.”
Sophie and John become the latest entrants in the competition which is open to couples until March 1.
This year, the package includes some favourite prizes from years gone by and a few new additions.
For the first time, there’s a table-top sweet buffet and the chance for the bride and her chief bridesmaid to spend the eve of her big day in style in a guest house.
There’s a fantastic wedding breakfast, reception, four-course silver service wedding meal, table wines and champagne for the toast – all courtesy of Cleveland Caterers.
Two Rolls-Royce cars and a stunning horse and carriage will provide the transport.
There are flowers, wedding rings, balloons, a wedding cake, bride and bridesmaid dresses, suit hire, stationery, night-time disco – in fact, everything you need for a memorable wedding day. And to stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is get in touch with us.
Couples who have entered before – and whose dream of marrying has still not become reality – are welcome to enter.
So too are those who have never entered before and would love to enjoy a day of wonderful memories.
All will be equally welcome in this year’s Bride of the Year competition.
You just have to tell us why you think you deserve the title – and a dream wedding courtesy of the Hartlepool Mail and Robert Usher Photography. Send the Mail a letter or email explaining who you are and why you deserve to win. Include as much detail as you can about yourself and your partner, how you met and why you should be chosen.
Send all your entries to: Chris Cordner, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include address and phone numbers. Normal competition rules apply. For more details, see Page 8.
The winning couple will be expected to take part in pre- and post-wedding day publicity.