Thanks for making dream come true

Bride of the Year Elizabeth Richardson pictured with Carl Blake of The Secret Garden and an example of one of the chair covers.
Bride of the Year Elizabeth Richardson pictured with Carl Blake of The Secret Garden and an example of one of the chair covers.

A BRIDE-TO-BE has thanked the many sponsors who will help to make her £10,000 wedding come true.

Elizabeth Richardson, 23, will marry in just 48 hours when her dream £10,000 wedding becomes reality at the Grand Hotel in Hartlepool.

But she took time from her busy schedule to pay tribute to the businesses across Hartlepool, east Durham and the Tees Valley who provided the package of prizes for the Bride of the Year competition, run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.

As her big day loomed, she said: “Everyone has gone out of their way to help me. Everyone involved in the competition has gone above and beyond and we can not thank them enough.

“They have provided prizes which have often been more than they were expected to do.

“It has helped us to feel as if our day is going to be extra special.”

Among those to make Elizabeth’s day extra special was the town firm A Secret Garden which was already providing an array of beautiful flowers and has now stepped in to provide chair covers as well.

Owner Carl Blake, who is based at the shop in Elwick Road which he opened in 2008.

He is providing the chair covers as well as flowers when Elizabeth marries fiance Liam Turnbull, 22, at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, on Friday.

As well as flowers, Carl can also provide candelabras and vases for wedding days and enjoys a clientele throughout the North-East.

The chair covers are available in white, buttermilk or black and are made to measure the chairs at the venue to ensure a perfect fit. The firm also has a huge array of organza sashes which come in hundreds of different colours.

Elizabeth said: “Carl has been really nice to us and we are really grateful for that.”

Carl said: “It is always nice to help out on occasions such as this. Liam and Elizabeth are a lovely couple and I am delighted to be playing a part in their big day.”

Liam and Elizabeth’s story struck a chord with Hartlepool Mail readers when we told how Elizabeth was rushed into hospital last November after developing blood clots following a routine childbirth.

Just days after giving birth to her son, Noah, the Chester Road area mum’s left leg turned completely black.

She was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton where she was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her right lung, and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.

Doctors told her she could die, especially on the first night when every minute was critical.

She pulled through and said it was largely down to the support shown by the man she loved who had to look after their newborn son while she fought for life.