And our Bride of the Year is... Laura!

Buchan Bride: Laura married Brian last year at the Waterside Inn, Peterhead.Picture: Susan Renee Photography
Buchan Bride: Laura married Brian last year at the Waterside Inn, Peterhead.Picture: Susan Renee Photography

Well readers, here she is, your 2011 Buchan Observer Bride of the Year!

Votes were counted when the competition closed on Friday last week and we are delighted to announce that the winner is Laura Gerrard.

Laura, a checkout operator at Morrisons, met Brian six years ago through friends, and proposed to him in the 2008 Leap Year thinking he would take it as a joke.

But little did she know he wanted to ahead with it and she’d be walking down the isle three years later!

She was already one of the favourites with readers, and was announced our July Bride of the Month.

Mum to four-year-old Sophie, Laura was delighted when we called to tell her the good news yesterday.

She said: “I’m just delighted, but I never thought I’d win as there’s a lot of local girls in for it this year!

“I do have quite a big family, and I was telling them to remember and vote for me, but I’m just over the moon. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me.”