WHEN nurse Louise Murfin suffered a badly-broken leg, wedding plans had to be put on hold.

The injury left Louise, of Brackenhall, off work for nine months and scuppered the chances of her and fiance Steven Bennett building up their savings.

But now the couple are to have a dream wedding – on a sun-kissed Caribbean island.

The pair are one of 16 couples who will tie the knot on May 16 on 16 different isles in the Bahamas.

They won the dream package in a competition run on Facebook by the Bahamas tourist authorities and travel company Kuoni.

Now Louise and Steven, of Longhill Road, are planning their trip to the little-known island of Acklins.

They fly out on May 12 for the week-long trip and will marry on May 16, with Louise wearing a designer gown from Benjamin Roberts and with wedding rings donated by Goldsmiths.

They will be joined by best friends Yvonne and Stuart Flitton as the prize is for four to enjoy the luxury trip. Louise’s mum Barbara is also hoping to fly out for the ceremony, along with friends.

Louise, who works for NHS Direct, said: “It is a dream come true.

“There is no way we could afford any wedding at the moment, let alone one in such a magical place as the Bahamas.

“We were planning a wedding but I tripped over my cat as I walked down the stairs and I broke my leg in four places. I was in a wheelchair for three months and off work for nine so all our savings vanished.

“I spotted the contest on Facebook and thought I’d give it a go. We had to write in a few words why we deserved a wedding and people then voted for us.”

Louise’s winning entry read: “We want to get married for ourselves. We don’t want a big wedding with lots of fuss, just our closest friends and the beautiful beach with the turquoise ocean.

“Simplicity is perfect for us. We want to get lost on our own desert island and leave the world behind for a little while.”

The couple met five years ago on an internet dating site.

On their first date Steven, a hydraulics engineer, turned up on a motorbike and ferried Louise over to Cleethorpes for a day out.

They got engaged two years later at Loch Ness.

“Never in a million years did I think we could have a day like this one promises to be,” said Louise.