Win your wedding 2020 Winners

A lucky couple from Rugby have won their dream wedding at a major event at Ricoh Arena.

Rachel Hales and Steve O’Sullivan scooped £20,000 worth of wedding prizes at the sixth edition of the UK National Midland Wedding Show.

The couple won prizes including a reception venue, catering, suits and bride and bridesmaid dresses.

And as a result, Rachel and Steve have already booked their big day at Brandon Hall in September this year.

The couple have been engaged for some time but never dreamed their big day would come so soon after putting all of their disposable income aside to purchase a house.

They are now planning the finishing touches and have booked separate hen and stag holidays in Spain with family and friends this summer.

Rachel, an operations manager for a training provider, said: “We’re usually quite unlucky when it comes to competitions, so we were really shocked when we won.

“We’ve been saving for a new house and are due to move in April, so the wedding was just something we thought would come further down the line when we could afford it.

“It’s such a brilliant prize which means we can now get married this year, and all of the suppliers have been amazing.

“The team at Brandon Hall have been especially incredible. Both me and Steve have been married before, I’m 41 and Steve is 52, so we thought we should scale it back.

“But they have really put our minds at ease and shown us that we can celebrate with a traditional wedding.

“Both of our fathers have also passed away, so they have also given us ideas for ways that we can remember them on the day.

“I have two children, Bethany and Ralph, from a previous relationship and Ralph is going to be best man and Bethany best bridesmaid.

“We are over the moon with our incredible win and are now looking forward to the big day.”

The UK National Midland Wedding Show featured 100 exhibitors and attracted more than 4,000 people.

Ticket sales for the wedding competition also raised £1,400 for the event’s chosen charity Nerve Tumours UK.

Event organiser Wayne Littlewood, from Coventry, said: “This year’s wedding show was an excellent event which attracted thousands of people from across the area.

“The win your wedding competition was hugely popular and we would like to congratulate lucky winners Rachel and Steve. It is fantastic to hear that plans are already in place for their big day.

“The wedding show is growing every year, and we are already planning the 2021 event at Ricoh Arena which will see even more exhibitors and an even bigger win your wedding prize.”