“I was dressed in Rubik Cube fancy dress when we had our first kiss” said Marie Lowdon, nee Emberton, who met her perfect match Chris Lowden at UCLan.
The sporty couple met through mutual friends and Chris first asked for Marie’s number whilst she was in another unique outfit.
Marie said: “Chris and I loved the social scene at Uni, we loved to go out with our friends and we loved sport – I played first team hockey and he played first-team rugby so we met on many nights out.
“Chris was the president of the Students’ Union and my friend – and bridesmaid – Kelly Burdett worked there too, so we crossed paths often.
“But he asked for my number one Wednesday night, me and the girls were on a Disney night out and I was dressed as the green fairy from Sleeping Beauty.
“The week after I was kitted out as a Rubik Cube and he walked me home from Tokyo Joe’s – the rest is history!”
The university sweethearts married in an intimate ceremony at Faenol Fawl Country House Hotel in Rhyl, just 12 miles away from Marie’s home town Rhos-on-Sea in north Wales.
The couple moved into a house in Farington in March two months before the May ceremony, but they relied on a little help from their friends to save for the big day.
Marie said: “To save money for the wedding and a house deposit we moved into a house with our two friends and ushers Phil and Andrew.
“Living with three boys was hard, but I wouldn’t have changed it; we had a great time in that house.”
And Belfast-born Chris, a 31-year-old RFU community rugby coach, used some homely inspiration to pop the question to Marie, a 27-years-old litigation executive.
She said: “Our first house in Fulwood had the tiniest kitchen – there was literally enough room for two people to stand – I had my back to Chris and he said, ‘if I was to propose to you what ring would you want?’.
“I replied, ‘something traditional with one diamond’, Chris, said ‘anything like this?’ and when I spun around he was on one knee holding the perfect platinum ring.”
On the big day 114 guests attended with 130 more at night. A projector showed hilarious pictures while the speeches took place.
Marie said: “Chris used characters to describe his best men: Chris Gregg was the ‘BFG’ as he is very tall, Matthew Hughes was Pinocchio (an in-joke about his nose) and loads of pictures of my bridesmaids in fancy dress.
“As my Dad stood up to give the father of the bride speech my Uncle Mark played the Thunderbirds theme tune - my Dad loves them and it was a nice touch.” The newlyweds first dance was to Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours and they jetted off on honeymoon to Thailand to enjoy “paradise”.