Feature wedding: Love at first sight and a whirlwind romance for Steven and Daneka

Daneka Anna Alice Lewis, daughter of Terry and Anne Lewis, married Steven Miles Rothwell, son of Lyn (deceased) and Stuart Rothwell, at St Lawrence Church, Longridge. 'Photos by Caroline Holden - www.carolineholden.co.uk

Daneka Anna Alice Lewis, daughter of Terry and Anne Lewis, married Steven Miles Rothwell, son of Lyn (deceased) and Stuart Rothwell, at St Lawrence Church, Longridge. 'Photos by Caroline Holden - www.carolineholden.co.uk

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It was quite the whirlwind romance for lovebirds Steven Rothwell and Daneka Lewis, who got engaged exactly a year after their first date.

Since then, they’ve welcomed daughter Aveana into the world and made a home for themselves in Chorley - all before tying the knot.

Steven with daughter Aveana

Steven with daughter Aveana

And PE teacher Daneka wouldn’t have it any other way: “Most people may say we did things the wrong way round but we say it was the right way.

“We always said we wanted our little girl to be at our wedding, that’s why we did it the way we did it, and she will always be there on our photos as a remainder of our most amazing day.”

It all started for Daneka and electrician Steven on a rounders pitch in July 2011.

They were introduced by friends and went on their first date to Owd Nell’s Tavern in Preston a few days later.

“Looking back I know it seems crazy but it just felt so right”

Bride Daneka Rothwell

“We went for a romantic walk along the canal and stopped under the second bridge where we shared our first kiss,” Daneka, from Longride, says.

“It was wonderful. We both talked and talked all day and night and both said it was like we had known each other forever.

“It just seemed right, and seven weeks later we moved in together. Looking back I know it seems crazy but it just felt so right.”

And on the anniversary of their first date, in the exact same spot where they had shared their first kiss, Steven got down on one knee.

“I had no idea it was coming at all,” Daneka says. “Ste suggested as it was our one year anniversary we should go back to Owd Nell’s Tavern and go for a walk along the canal .

“It was such a gorgeous day and we were just chatting away like normal, but Ste kept looking back to see if anyone was around.

“I still didn’t think anything of it though, and when we arrived at the second bridge he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him.

“Of course I said ‘yes’. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy and speechless, I was crying my eyes out. I just wanted to tell the world!

“Ste was shaking he was so nervous, and we hugged each other for ages and both just couldn’t stop smiling.

“I couldn’t wait to become Mrs Rothwell.”

And her dreams came true on August 8 when the couple said ‘I do’ at St Lawrence Church in Longridge.

A reception followed at Haighton Manor and the newlyweds took beloved daughter Aveana on honeymoon with them to the Lake District.