Our win-a-wedding competition to be the first couple to marry in the Wollescote Suite at the Thomas Robinson Building on 2nd April 2016 is now closed. We have a fantastic prize package worth £6,000 for the lucky couple. The shortlist has been selected and the public voting is ended at midnight on 13th January 2016.
The couple with the most votes who won our fantastic prize is Natalie Davies and Chris Williams! Their story is below along with the stories of the other shortlisted couples. Thank you to everyone who entered, votes or contributed to the prize.
Our couple will win their ceremony free of charge and be the first couple to marry in the newly refurbished Wollescote Suite
On the morning of the ceremony the bride will receive a free make over to include hair and makeup from La Belles Professional Hair Services
Georgina Scott Bridal Shop will provide the bride with a bridal gown up to the value of £1,000
A tiara or headpiece and matching jewellery handcrafted by SparkleBridal.co.uk
Bouquets up to the value of £150 will be supplied by Garden Time Florist of Brierley Hill
Stephen Allen Menswear of Stourbridge will be kitting the groom out from head to toe with his wedding outfit
You will arrive in style in a chauffeur driven 1933 Rolls Royce Sedanca provided by Rays of Cradley who, following the photographs, will then take the couple onto their reception venue
A three course wedding breakfast for 40 at the Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill
A two tier sponge wedding cake made by Occasional Cakes
Love & Cherish Events will provide a candy cart and a DJ for the evening reception
Up to 250 photographs will be taken from the bridal preparations to the wedding breakfast capturing the day by Midland Photographic
The couples who made the shortlist are featured on this web page along with their story so that the public could vote for the winning couple. On-line voting took place between 6th and 13th January 2016.
The winning couple, Natalie Davies and Chris Williams was announced live at the Thomas Robinson Building on Thursday 14th January at 12pm by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Steve Waltho.
By completing our on-line entry form you are agreeing to our terms and conditions
Thank you to all the sponsors who have made this a fantastic prize opportunity for one very lucky local couple.
We met in 2010 and since then we have been inseparable. Chris has changed my life; he has helped me to overcome my battle with anorexia which has left me with arthritis in my hip, which I will hopefully get replaced as I have limited movement in it and struggle more some days than others. Chris is my rock when I am in pain and when I think I can’t take anymore he is strong for me. Chris is not just my partner; he is my best friend and soul mate.
My grandparents are my inspiration because they were married 55 years. For my 30th birthday on 12th November this year Chris had arranged to take me away to propose which he did. In October my granddad fell ill and ended up in hospital, sadly he lost his battle for life on the 30th October. This has left me heartbroken, but to top it off Chris was going to ask my granddad’s permission to marry me but did not get chance. I would love to win this wedding in the hope that he is watching over me and that he is as proud of me as a granddaughter as I am for having had such a special granddad. The hardest part is that he won’t be with us in person but in spirit.
My fiancé Paul and I deserve to be the lucky winners of this amazing opportunity, due to the shear miracle that bought together. After growing up believing I would never fall lucky in love, I am still coming to terms with the magic that has taken place between us since the day we met.
Paul risks life and limb for our country, fighting in both Afghanistan and Iraq. As for me, I was born with many complications including Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Consequently, I find the smallest of everyday tasks very challenging. Paul is one-in-a-million and life can be tough, but with our unconditional bond and love for one another, every day we go from strength to strength. From pushing me in my wheelchair when I am unable to walk, to doing the most basic of tasks, he is always there every step of the way. My dream is to walk down the aisle on the day of our wedding. This will come at the cost of being in excruciating pain due to the numerous surgical procedures I have undergone since a very young age, but time stands still for no one, please make our wish come true.
We have been together since September 2014 and got engaged in August 2015 when Matt surprised me and proposed whilst we were on holiday together. We would love to be able to complete the next step of our journey together by tying the knot after recently saving up and finally being able to purchase our first house in Dudley. We both grew fond of the Dudley area on one of our first dates to Dudley Zoo. We share a love for animals and love being able to see them up close. We met at work where we work hard helping others in the public service sector.
Since meeting we have been inseparable and love spending time together. We love having cosy nights in together with nice food and a good film. I have saved £500 so far for my wedding dress and I would happily donate this to 'more mascots please' charity if we were to win as I think it is a really beneficial charity and would love to know that we have given something back. We have shared so many happy times together and know for sure that we want to be with each other forever.
Entry received from Natasha’s sister - Natasha & Richard are my Sister & Brother-in-law. After a number of miscarriages and years of heartbreak they fell pregnant with their much wanted son Corey last year. At his 20 week scan Corey was diagnosed with multiple heart defects and was given an extremely low chance of survival by the doctors. They fought tirelessly to give Corey every chance but unfortunately he just was not strong enough and after two open heart surgeries he passed away 30 hours after his birth in May.
Since Corey's death they have been determined to help other families in similar situations and in August last year organised a charity evening in Lower Gornal to raise funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital Intensive Care unit. The evening was a roaring success and raised a massive £4788.26. They are planning to continue to raise funds for BCH in Corey's memory for years to come. Winning this wedding would mean so much to them and open up a new chapter in their life in order to be able to look forward. I am incredibly proud of them both and the way that they have faced this awful situation with ultimate bravery. Thank you.