It’s not every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to hold her gun.
But that is exactly what happened when Shaunagh McKie and Daniel Williams met in his home town of Appleby.
“I was DJ-ing at a charity gig organised by Shaunagh’s future chief bridesmaid who I had known since school,” says Daniel.
“Shaunagh was dressed as Lara Croft and after she politely asked if I could hold her gun behind the decks, we got chatting, and the rest is history.”
On the couple’s first date, they weren’t alone.
“My brother, Alex and his girlfriend came with us for a few drinks in Manchester and we got chatting on a subject very dear to my heart – Star Wars,” continues Daniel.
“When Shaunagh mentioned she was a big fan Alex leant over to me, gave me the nod and said, ‘marry her’.
“Two years later, I did!”
Daniel had planned on proposing to Shaunagh, a personal banker from Eccleston, at one of the couple’s favourite places, Rivington Pike, where they walk their dog and Shaunagh passes every day on her way to work.
“When we reached the summit, then I panicked – a lot,” says Daniel.
“A load of people turned up out of nowhere, then a dog started doing its business right next to us so, needless to say, the moment had gone.
“Despite the disaster, I found the perfect moment on a lazy Sunday morning on February 24 last year over breakfast in bed.
“It could not have been more perfect.”
Shaunagh and Daniel were married in a music-filled ceremony at St Michaels and All Angels Church, Croston, on May 24 in front of an international congregation.
“We are both very musical so we filled the church with as much music as possible,” says Shaunagh. “The church bells were ringing and we had a beautiful string quartet playing everything from The Beatles to Pharrell Williams.”
Daniel adds: “We wanted our day to be as chilled, fun and funky as possible.”
A 1950s classic double decker bus ferried the newlyweds and their party to Homestead Farm, Rufford, for a rustic, farm-themed reception where two 15 feet hay bale structures of a bride and groom greeted them – complete with a rubber tyre top hat for the groom and flowers and a veil for the bride.
“It was impossible to miss our reception – the structures could be seen from miles away,” adds Daniel.
The bride and her father had secretly been attending dance lessons and wowed friends and family with a beautiful foxtrot, leaving not a dry eye in the house.
“From then on the dance floor was never unattended,” adds Shaunagh.
“We saw twerking, twisting, timewarping and even an incident involving a guest who split his trousers wide open for all to see after doing the splits.”
The night ended with every guest surrounding the new Mr and Mrs Williams in a huge circle on the dancefloor as their favourite song, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ played.
“All hands were held high in the air as Dan lifted me, and my huge weight of a dress, off the floor into his arms, spinning round and loving every last second.
“Our day was incredible and will never be forgotten,” says Shaunagh.