Soldier Sean Hayes and his wife Caroline have started their new married life in the military after their perfect wedding day.
The couple, who tied the knot at St Annes Church in Singleton, have now moved to army married quarters where Sean will continue serving in the army with the Royal Logistic Corps.
Their wedding day was as perfect as they could imagine, at a setting which is very much a part of Caroline’s past as her mum and her sister also held their weddings there.
Having met in 2009, the day after Sean’s 18th birthday, the couple spent lots of time texting and calling each other while Sean completed a military exercise on the Isle of Wight.
Caroline, 23, who grew up in Blackpool and works as an estate agent said: “After his exercise he came back to Blackpool to meet up with me and take me on our first date.
“We went to the cinema to see 2012 and he woudn’t pay for premier seats and they were only £1 extra!
“As we had been speaking solid for two weeks we came very close very quickly.”
In true traditional style, Sean, 24, asked Caroline’s dad for permission to propose before taking her to Ingleton Falls for the day.
They took a picnic, complete with champagne and when Sean found the perfect spot, he got down on one knee, but there was a problem...
“I sat on a big rock and as he started to get down on one knee he proceeded to tell me that there was a huge spider on my left shoulder!” said Caroline.
“I am terrifed of spiders, I jumped up and ran nearly half way across a field!
“Once I’d calmed down, he started again. He was nervous and scared and had butterfies in his stomach and although I was slightly shocked, I’m also emotional and shed a tear. I was full of love and absolutely ecstatic.
The couple planned their wedding day and had an amazing and beautiful ceremony at the church before a reception at Ferrari’s Country House in Longridge on August 15 last year. They were due to be married at noon and Caroline was fashionably late. She had spent the morning with the most important girls in her life, her bridesmaids and her mum, being pampered and enjoying a special time.
“Travelling to church with my dad was the most exciting time of my life,” she said.
“Walking down that aisle, the minute I laid eyes on him I was just amazed and delighted to be starting the first day of the rest of our lives together, he looked so handsome but slightly nervous standing there in his army uniform.”
Although the weather was wet and the cake fell over becuase the buttercream had melted, Caroline said she wouldn’t change the day for the world.
“It’s something we can look back on and laugh at now. We both have big families and to have everyone there to share it with us was just the best gift.
It was the most amazing, perfect day of our lives and definitely a day we will remember for the happy years to come.”
Bride’s parents: Terry Parker and Susan Allen
Groom’s parents: Kevin and Rachel Hayes
Venue: St Annes Church in Singleton
Reception venue – Ferraris Country House, Longridge
Honeymoon: Lake District
Best Man: Christian Greenhalgh
Chief Bridesmaid: Michelle Nicholls
Bridesmaids Helen Keegan, Charlotte Graves, Lauren Hayes
Ushers: Ben Hayes, Joshua Hayes and Norton Magiera
Flower girl: Mia Hayes
Church Reader: Rebecca Hayes
Photography: H2 Photography
Flowers: Jane Thompson
Bride’s dress: Dankerr, Blackpool -
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Coast, from Debenhams Blackpool
Suits: Blush, Poulton