After false proposals, Paul finally ‘steamed ahead’ to marry Sarah

Sarah Gallear and John Drake, from Penwortham, were married at the Llangollen Steam Railway in Wales.'Photos by Stillshot Photography - www.smileatus.co.uk
Sarah Gallear and John Drake, from Penwortham, were married at the Llangollen Steam Railway in Wales.'Photos by Stillshot Photography - www.smileatus.co.uk
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Sarah Helen Gallear and John Paul Drake

The bride and groom shared their first kiss on a railway station platform, so it was only fitting that they should celebrate their marriage at a (somewhat more picturesque station some years later.

Sarah Gallear and John Drake, from Penwortham, were married at the Llangollen Steam Railway in Wales.'Photos by Stillshot Photography - www.smileatus.co.uk

Sarah Gallear and John Drake, from Penwortham, were married at the Llangollen Steam Railway in Wales.'Photos by Stillshot Photography - www.smileatus.co.uk

Sarah Gallear and John Drake met at Sarah’s brother’s wedding in 2011, where John was the photographer.

After enjoying a first date at the Southport Air Show (where Sarah initiated a game of ‘thumb wars’ in a bid to hold her future husband’s hand), they kissed on the platform before the train departed to her hometown of
Wolverhampton.

But ‘shy’ John, an IT analyst from Penwortham, didn’t have any reservations about proposing to civil servant Sarah a couple of years later.

“We had decided we wanted to get married but I was worried about getting the ring size right, so we picked one out together,” he explains.

“I then had all the fun over the next few months pretending to propose and not doing, although at the time I was busy planning the real proposal.

“We planned to go to London for Sarah’s birthday, but unbeknownst to her, I only booked for half of the days we had discussed staying there for.

“So I dragged Sarah around London on a ferocious tour and she couldn’t understand why we were seeing all the sights so quickly when she thought we had much
longer.

“On the day before her birthday I sprung a surprise; I took Sarah up the Shard and turned to her and said: ‘Wow the view is amazing, up here would be the perfect place to propose.’

“She went all glassy eyed and smiley and I finished by saying: “Shame I’ve left the ring at home.”

“She was utterly disappointed, but the next morning I gave her a card inviting her to Paris!”

And in a quiet spot in the gardens near the Eiffel Tower, Paul finally popped that all-important question.

The happy couple were married on June 6 at the Llangollen Steam Railway in Wales, fulfilling a childhood dream of Paul’s, followed by a reception at White Waters Country Hotel in Llangollen.