Two Afghanistan war veterans and their brides will be walking down the aisle this week after winning fairytale weddings – thanks to Shottle Hall and the Belper News.
The stately home, in White Lane, Belper, has awarded a Valentine’s Day wedding to Eddy Curr and his fiancé Helen Sindall from Allestree, in a prize package worth almost £5,000.
Eddy, 27, a former Royal Marines commando who has served twice in Afghanistan, will say ‘I do’ along with Helen tomorrow, on the most romantic day of the year February 14, next year.
The couple, who have two children, Sophie, aged two, and 11-month-old Oliver, have been together since 2008, but Eddy only proposed on Helen’s 30th birthday in June last year.
Belper floral hire company White Vandella has also offered its services free of charge for Helen and Eddy’s wedding too.
The runners-up in our competition, winning a wedding on Sunday, February 16, were Victoria Harrison and Sam Roome, 22, who is currently serving with a Royal Engineer Search Team, a unit responsible for finding IED’s in war zones.
Vicki, 22, of Oakwood, said Sam had been in the Army since the pair got together which has meant their relationship had always been long distance, so she has had plenty of time to dream about the big day.
Sam is based in Suffolk and comes home at weekends, but when he was in Afghanistan for six months the couple were only able to speak once a week on a really poor phone line.
His tour was incredibly dangerous – three of his unit died and eight were seriously injured. The prizes include the hire of the hall, the exclusive use of all eight bedrooms overnight and breakfast for 16 guests.
Sarah Davis, manager of Shottle Hall’s wedding and events department said: “We are really looking forward to the big days. We can’t wait to help make their weddings a day to remember for the rest of their lives. “
Look out for pictures from both weddings in the Belper News and on our website at www.belpernews.co.uk.