Picture of happiness

Gemma Kerr and Andrew Bazeley pictured with award winning photographer Bob Usher outside his York Road studio.
Gemma Kerr and Andrew Bazeley pictured with award winning photographer Bob Usher outside his York Road studio.

BRIDE-TO-BE Gemma Kerr could not be in better hands when it comes to her wedding photography.

Hartlepool businessman Robert Usher is not only a four times winner of the North East Wedding Photographer of the year competition, he has also organised the Bride of the Year competition since its inception six years ago.

And once again, he will be providing our winning couple with a fantastic prize of a £1,400 wedding album.

And that’s just one part of the fantastic £13,000 overall package.

Robert, 55, has been a photographer for 33 years after giving up his job as a miner at Vane Tempest pit, in East Durham.

He is married to Joanne, 36, and has three children Dawn, 34, Adam, 24, and six-year-old Charlotte.

He has won the best wedding picture category in the region at the British Institute of Professional Photographers in four of the last five years and has a studio based in York Road, Hartlepool.

And in the only year that he didn’t land the title, he won the honour of best portrait of the year.

But each year, he delights in making one bride’s dreams come true in our competition.

Robert said: “It is always nice to see the couple as they go from the initial contest, the judging on the finals night and then on to married life.

“And if last year’s wedding day was anything to go by, it promises to be an emotional day when Andrew and Gemma get married. They are a lovely couple.”

It is three weeks since our winning couple Gemma Kerr, 28, and Andrew Bazeley, 25, were picked as the entrants to collect their ultimate dream - taking their wedding vows in the Captain’s Cabin on board HMS Trincomalee on Friday, September 6.

Bride-to-be Gemma, a mum to six-year-old Madeline, said: “We have looked at Robert’s albums and they are brilliant. The photographs are important because they are reminder of our biggest day.

“It is the memories of it all.”

Husband-to-be Andrew, a Hartlepool refuge collector, added: “Robert’s work is really impressive.”

Gemma is loving her wedding planning which, over the next few months, will involve visiting sponsors to arrange everything from heir hairdressing appointments to the rings, and the cakes to the video of her big day.

And it is all down to Robert Usher that the whole package comes together each year.