Eiffel head over heels for you in the city of love...now we are married!
The city of love played a big part in Lynette and Mark’s love story.
The couple, who live in Penwortham, met across the checkout aisles at Sainsbury’s where they were both working at the time.
“We were both working by the door on opposite check-outs when I mentioned I was cold, so he gave me his jacket,” says Lynette, now a digital marketing executive.
“We were closing up, the night of a mutual friend’s party, when I asked if he was going. Mark said he wasn’t sure, but later on that night he convinced his brother, John, to go.”
At the party, the pair got talking and a stroke of luck led to their first date.
“One night we were talking and he was playing on an online poker tournament”, adds Lynette. “He said if he won he’d take me for a drink and, against all odds, and 400 players, he won!”
In January, 2013, Mark, now an insurance advisor, originally from Leyland, planned a surprise for Lynette’s birthday the following month.
““Each week he gave me a clue about where we were going before finally revealing we were going to Paris,” adds Lynette. “We had been two years earlier, for my 21st birthday, and Mark had arranged the same boat trip down the Seine that we had enjoyed then – even ordering the same champagne.”
After the boat trip the couple took a stroll to the Trocodero opposite the Eiffel Tower.
“It was bitterly cold while we watched the Eiffel Tower sparkle and took a few photos.
“Mark said he’d take one more photo of me, so I stepped up to the ledge and turned around to see him on one knee.”
The next day, the couple took a trip to Disneyland Paris to celebrate their first day as a betrothed couple.
On May 17, it was time for the former Penwortham Gala Queen to dress up once more and head to St Ambrose Church, Leyland, the same church the groom’s grandparents, Barry and Sheila, had married in almost 58 years ago to the day.
At the reception at The Great Hall at Mains, the newlyweds cut into an Eiffel Tower cake to celebrate their marriage, treating their guests to the Ice Dream Experience, who were seated at tables named after French translations of Disney films.
Mrs Woods added: “The day was so perfect, we really couldn’t have wished for a better day.”