Fate brought us together at a party which I wasn’t planning to attend
Ross Cornwall and Gemma Macdonald knew they had found ‘the one’ - so much so, they moved in together after just six weeks.
The couple met in 2008 in a student house in Trafford.
Gemma, a computer science teacher from Euxton, Chorley, says it was fate that led them to each other.
“I was supposed to be going to another party that night but the host fell ill so ended up at the same party as Ross.
“When he introduced himself I said I had a brother call ed Ross.
“It turned out they’ve both got the exact first and second names - Ross Alexander!”
The pair stayed up until 8am “putting the world to rights” and six weeks later they were living together.
“I’m very glad the original party’s host was ill,” adds Gemma.
Having spent most of her teenage years in Dubai, Gemma and Ross, an English teacher from Bury, Manchester, went out to see her parents and brother.
On December 28, 2012, the family went out for dinner at the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
While they were all watching a spectacular fountain display Ross asked Gemma to give him her hand.
“I gave him my right hand, not knowing what he meant and then he asked for the other one.
“When I turned around he was down on one knee.”
Gemma’s parents had filmed the whole thing and, unbeknownst to Gemma, Ross had already asked permission from her dad for her hand.
“Ross was actually getting ready and ended up asking him while he was standing in his boxers with his trousers folded over his arm!”
The pair were married in an “Old England” themed wedding at Park Hall, Charnock Richard, on July 26, complete with fire eaters, magicians as well as a cameo from Gemma’s horse, Saffy, who was brought along to share in their special day.
“It was so wonderful to have everyone we love in one place,” adds Gemma.
“We had a big range of people there ranging from 10-month-old Connor - who was the only person to speak up when the registrar asked if anyone objected - to my 93-year-old grandad.”