Feature wedding: Couple met on the Sly and kept first date a secret from parents

Amy Smith and Tom Sly married at The Great Hall at Mains, Little Singleton. Photos by Robert Stead at RS Studio - www.rsstudio.co.uk

Amy Smith and Tom Sly married at The Great Hall at Mains, Little Singleton. Photos by Robert Stead at RS Studio - www.rsstudio.co.uk

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Things didn’t start out brilliantly for Amy Smith and Tom Sly, who dated in secret before he officially asked her to be his girlfriend - and she said ‘no’!

And luck wasn’t particularly on Tom’s side the day he decided to pop the question either - but thankfully, that time he got the answer he was hoping for.

And their wedding day at The Great Hall at Mains in Little Singleton ran much more smoothly.

Tom, a sales assistant from Fleetwood, tells of their early days together: “We met at work and because Amy was only 16 at the time, she told her parents that she was going out with work mates to the cinema, but really it was just me and her.

“Whilst in the cinema we watched the horror film Orphan, which wasn’t very romantic, but it got her to hold my hand!

“On the way back from the cinema I asked her to be my girlfriend and she said ‘no’ with a straight face, but then admitted two minutes later that she was just joking.

“That two minutes felt more like an hour! I just wanted the floor to open up and swallow me; I felt like an idiot.”

Tom proposed on Valentine’s Day 2011, after planning a day of bowling and a country walk as the sun was setting.

“It went horribly wrong though,” he admits.

“After searching for the bowling for two hours with Google maps, the sun had already started setting, so after bowling Amy went to the toilet and I sprinted to the car.

“I’d hidden the ring box in a shoe and was struggling to get it out, and by the time I’d managed to get it, Amy was stood there, so in a panic all I said was ‘well, will you then?’ For some reason she said ‘yes’!

“I later redeemed myself with a poem to propose in a more romantic way.”

Amy, a barista maestro from Fleetwood, and Tom tied the knot on August 22, and honeymooned in Puerto Santiago. The couple will live together in Fleetwood.

Special thanks to The Great Hall at Mains - www.thegreathallatmains.co.uk