Love makes the world go round. Or, in Emma and Leif’s case – the dancefloor at least.
On October 15, 2003 Emma Goodwin and Leif Smith met at The Syndicate nightclub in Blackpool when they were on separate nights out with friends.
Emma, a primary school teacher from Preston, says: “We were on the revolving dancefloor when we caught each other’s eye.
“We had a little kiss, exchanged numbers then went our own way.
“The night, when we were back home, we spoke on the phone and arranged to meet up.”
The pair could not wait to see each other again, so much so that it was only the next day Emma and her friend Helen drove over to Leif’s hometown of Bury to see the boys again.
Emma says; “We all had a great time on our double date, partying the night away in Manchester.”
That week Emma spent most of her time driving between Preston and Bury to see Leif, often leaving work to drive over to see him before coming back to Preston in the early hours ready for work the next day.
Emma says; “We never officially said we were a couple until Christmas when Leif sent me a ‘To My Girlfriend’ card.I had got him a standard one so was pretty embarrassed when I opened his.”
On February 28, 2007, the couple returned to Manchester to celebrate Emma’s birthday, where the birthday girl had always wanted to stay at the city’s Hilton hotel.
After the couple had enjoyed the delights of the executive room lounge – including the free bar – they realised they would have to move their table booking at a nearby restaurant to an hour later.
Emma says; “As I was just about to get in the bath with a shower cap on my head, Leif got down on one knee, got out a little box and asked me to make him the happiest man alive and marry him.”
The same night Emma and Leif celebrated by dining at The Living Room but it seems all the excitement was a little too much for the groom-to-be.
“I went to the toilet and when I got back Leif was sat with his head in his hands, fast asleep,” laughs Emma.
On July 21, the pair returned to the city to be married at The Castlefield Rooms on Deansgate.
Emma and her bridesmaids returned to The Hilton to stay the night before the wedding.
With her dad and her best friends by her side, the bride made her way down the aisle to UB40’s Can’t Help Falling In Love.
“Seeing Leif was great; we just kept looking at each other saying it felt like we were dreaming,” adds Emma.
To ease the nerves of the groom and best men, speeches were done before dinner. Emma says: “They were great; they made everybody laugh and cry. Leif got his words mixed up at one point and called me his ‘Soul Friend’ instead of ‘Soul Mate’ though, but we now call each other this on a regular basis!”
Indie band Hudson made the trip from Liverpool to perform for the couple’s first dance as man and wife, Gravity by Embrace.
“I even got up and sang Chelsea Dagger with them,” says Emma, “anyone who knows me knows I have the world’s worst singing voice, so that was a nice treat for all the guests.”
A DJ finished off the celebrations and the newlyweds danced into the night – without the floor spinning.