A Gateshead couple are on cloud nine after winning a competition of a lifetime, where the stunning star prize was an exclusive all-expenses paid wedding day at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland in Northumberland.
The lucky names of Chris Laws and Gemma Wilson were drawn from a hat during a special ceremony hosted at the rural 17th-century Grade II building.
Chris, aged 32, works as a courier and Gemma, aged 30, is a stay at home mum. They unknowingly grew up together and attended the same secondary school. Their relationship has blossomed over the past eight years ever since they got chatting over a drink in a local pub. Chris popped the question last Christmas by jokingly going down on one knee and proposing using a Haribo wedding ring.