Gallery: Natasha Russell and Bradley Ashford

Thomas Cook agent Natasha Russell has chosen her wedding dress as she prepares to tie the knot to long-term partner Bradley Ashford on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

The couple won a £25,000 wedding courtesy of the cruise line and will get married in the Caribbean in October.

After choosing her dress, Natasha was joined by Brad to look at wedding rings.

royal-wedding-circleThe couple, from Barry, in Wales, dated when Natasha was 16 and Bradley was 24, but broke it off due to their age difference. They met again 25 years later after both having families of their own, and have now been together four years.

They won a competition that involved submitting a video explaining why they should win and taking part in a challenge day on Independence of the Seas. They beat Stacey Collis of Hays Travel in County Durham and Joanne Graham of Travel Counsellors in Accrington.

veil-circle“We’re both so excited,” said Natasha.

“The plans are coming together now. I have my dress, we’ve picked the rings, and the ceremony and wedding breakfast are sorted. We have about 36 friends and family joining us on the cruise, which means so much to us.”

The newlyweds will hold a party in Cardiff on their return for those who couldn’t join the cruise.

GalleryNatasha Russell and Bradley Ashford