Our Barmy Bunting (see picture) was on hand as a lucky Sheffield couple won a £15,000 wedding competition run by Sheffield-based Whitley Hall.
Helen Stepniak and Matt Clarkson won the package, which includes everything from the venue, dress, flowers and venue styling.
They are pictured above at Whitley Hall, with the cheque.
We had been approached by Whitley Hall to provide the bunting for the special ceremony.
Helen, 32 and Matt, 33, live in Woodseats with their children Lewis, eight, and four-year-old Ruby. They met 14 years ago on a night out. “Our eldest child, Lewis, came as a lovely surprise in 2005 and we got engaged the year after on my birthday when Matt proposed out of the blue,” says Helen. “He’d gone to a lot of trouble to find the perfect ring, asking my mum and sister, and bought me a beautiful gold ring with three diamonds.” Although the couple made plans to get married, money was tight, and they then went on to have Ruby. “We talked about marriage again at the start of this year but as we’re renting, we also wanted to start saving for a mortgage. It was either a 10 per cent deposit on a house or a wedding and while I wanted a house, I also wanted a wedding day. We had a big family, so even if we went to the register office, we’d still need a big reception.”
Helen entered Whitley Hall’s competition and was amazed to win. The prize will include use of the venue on Sunday, July 13th with a ceremony for up to 50 guests, drinks reception, wedding breakfast with wine, evening reception for 80 people and the first night for the couple in one of the hotel’s four poster suites, along with two superior bedrooms for their parents.
Helen added, “To be able to have my dream wedding and focus our savings on getting a house is just wonderful. It’s taken away all the headache of saving up and trying to buy both.”