Matthew Higginson and Samantha Hooper’s first date was so successful, they had their second the very next day.
The couple, who live in Eccleston, near Chorley, met in high school where there was a mutual attraction.
But, with Matthew being two years above Samantha, the pair didn’t see each other again once he had left.
“Despite us living fairly local to each other it took 13 years and an innocent Facebook flirtation to bring us back together,” says Samantha, a paralegal originally from Coppull.
Though Matthew had ‘friended’ Samantha back in April 2008, they had never actually spoken until he posted a flirty comment on her status in December 2010.
“We had our first date on Christmas Day,” adds Samantha.
“As you can imagine there weren’t many places to go to so we went to a couple of local pubs, The Hind’s Head in Charnock Richard and The Brown Cow in Eccleston before ending up in Matt’s parent’s front room in from Charnock Richard, after the pubs closed.”
Christmas Day being very long and tiring, Samantha fell asleep on Matthew as they watched television.
She adds: “I must have made an impression though as our second date was Boxing Day!”
After two years of courting, the couple arranged to go skiing with friends in Valberg, in the south of France.
“A lot of friends had gotten engaged quite recently but Matthew had played things down massively saying it wasn’t our time yet,” says Samantha. I fell for it hook line and sinkers and never envisaged it happening.”
But happen it did, and on February 14, 2013, Matthew had a surprise in store.
“We were on a red run and I was struggling with it as it was extremely steeps,” adds Samantha.
“Matthew stopped me half way down to take a picture as the slope was empty except for us.
“I wedged myself on my skis, got out the camera and as I looked back at Matt he was wedged on his skis, kind of on one knee with a small green ring box in his hand – I immediately burst into tears.”
Matthew, a sales and purchasing director for family business, Festive Lights, said: “I had felt quite anxious that morning and as a result had been reasonably grumpy which led Samantha to be grumpy back with me!
“Sam had made it quite difficult to find the right time to propose so I did it half way down the slope when I realised we were alone.”
“When Matthew asked me to marry him my response was, ‘are you joking?’ which I repeated about five times,” says Samantha. “After he waited for me to compose myself it was only then when he prompted me for an answer I could say, ‘yes’.”
On July 12, Matthew and Samantha exchanged vows at the Christ Church, Charnock Richard.
They newlyweds followed the ceremony with a wedding breakfast and reception at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping in the Forest of Bowland.
“The big day was amazing,” say the couple.
“The venue was amazing.”
“The weather was fabulous during the day and it was only around 7pm that it started to rain.
“Having been so hot and humid throughout the day it was actually quite refreshing.”
After dancing the night away with their guests, the new Mr and Mrs Higginson were whisked away on their honeymoon, spending seven nights relaxing in Mauritius followed by a further four nights in Dubai.
“Throughout the wedding preparations it transpired that I was in fact the first girl Matthew ever kissed,” say Samantha.
“And now I will be his last!”