The envy of her hen night pals

A FORMER Bride of the Year is still the envy of her friends – two years after her dreams came true in a glittering wedding.

Elizabeth Turnbull, nee Richardson, 25, married her fiance Liam Turnbull in September 2011 and admits: “I still can’t believe it happened to us.”

She also revealed: “I was at a hen night recently and I was telling the girls how my wedding came true. They didn’t believe me that something could be so fantastic.

“But all I remember was it was a wonderful day with fantastic memories.

”One of best parts was the speeches, and looking round to see the wedding venue looking absolutely stunning.

“There was the bridesmaids and the best man and the usher and it was all amazing.”

Elizabeth, now a full-time housewife and mum to two-year-old son Noah, and Liam, now 24 and an offshore oil rig worker, were chosen as the 2011 winners after impressing the judges with their story of constant love for each other.

The judges also heard of Elizabeth’s bravery in battling through a major health scare.

Elizabeth, then 22, was rushed into the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, after developing blood clots soon after giving birth to her son.

Her left leg turned completely black and she was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her right lung, and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.

She came within hours of death but somehow pulled through and paid tribute to Liam who had to look after Noah – and keep on working on night shift – while Elizabeth fought for life.

The couple, from the Chester Road area of Hartlepool, are living proof of how wedding dreams can come true.

Elizabeth urged couples to enter this year’s competition. She said: “Go on, give it a try. You have nothing to lose.

“It is a great experience from start to finish and you have as much chance of winning as anyone else.

“I think the fact that it is based in Hartlepool is great because everyone supports you.”

This year’s Bride of the Year competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography, will close for entries on Friday, March 1.

There’s still time to tell us you should win a perfect day, including taking your wedding vows in the Captain’s Cabin on board HMS Trincomalee on Friday, September 6.

Our ultimate wedding package is worth £12,290 and includes all the trimmimngs for a perfect day.

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 filled with wonderful memories.

Tell us your story and 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

Chris can also be contacted on (01429) 239377.

Please include contact address and telephone numbers when you get in touch.

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.