Your North East Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 54)

Starter Sparks certainly flew when social worker Sarah met fireman Andrew Images courtesy of Ed Charlton Photography Sarah met Andrew after her best friend, Alison, suggested she sign up to dating site Plenty of Fish. “I’d been on a couple of rubbish dates, before a message from Andrew popped up,” says Sarah. “I checked out his profile and saw him standing in front of a fire engine, so that got my attention pretty much straight away! We had our first date in Corbridge back in 2012, sitting for a couple of hours in a coffee shop chatting away. We then went for lunch in a local pub and spent the afternoon getting to know each other more. To be totally honest, the minute I saw him I was smitten!” Andrew proposed to Sarah on Christmas Day, 2018. “Andrew placed a large box under the tree four weeks earlier, and when I opened it on Christmas morning there was a smaller box, followed by an even smaller one,” continues the bride. “When I eventually opened the smallest box and saw an engagement ring it was a huge but amazing surprise! I was actually hoping it would be a pair of binoculars, as I love watching the birds! We’d even had a conversation the week before, where Andrew had said he didn’t want to get married!” The couple set the date of 16th June, 2022, choosing Langley Castle as their venue. Here, Sarah tells us more about their big day… FIRE 41 REAL WEDDINGS