It was love at first sight for Laura Jardine when ‘Street Stud’ Michael Rimmer moved on to her Penwortham road.
Unfortunately, the 10-year-old was too shy to declare her love, so she kept quiet until Michael eventually made the first move – nine years later.
“I should have suspected something on the journey as he let me listen to Taylor Swift all the way there”Laura Jardine
“We used to play ‘tig’ and ‘man hunt’ together, and I had a huge crush on him,” she explained. “I was always gutted when he would call for my brother Alex to play football rather than calling for me!
“I was too shy to even dream of saying anything so just let him get on with being the ‘Street Stud’ in hopelessness.
“I moved away a couple of years later and didn’t see Michael again until college.
“We both started at Cardinal Newman in Preston at the same time and I was delighted to see him, but again was way too shy to ask if he remembered me.
“Time went on and eventually a mutual friend passed on our numbers to each other and we had a cute texting friendship for a few years until, in 2008, he finally asked me out on a date.”
Finance manager Michael went on to treat Laura, a change and business analyst from Walton Park in Lostock Hall, to a special day out as he prepared to pop the question.
The couple enjoyed a visit to South Lakes Safari Zoo followed by afternoon tea at Hazelmere Cafe in Grange-Over-Sands.
“I should have suspected something on the journey as he let me listen to Taylor Swift all the way there,” Laura laughs.
“When we had finished eating, Michael asked me to stand up, to which my response was, ‘No, why?’
“But he eventually convinced me to stand at which point he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The whole cafe was on their feet cheering and clapping!”
The pair, who moved into their first home together in Penwortham the day they returned from honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Mexico, married at St Leonard’s Church, Walton-le-Dale, with a reception at The Villa in Wrea Green.
Their families’ Scottish ties played a part throughout the day, with kilts, a bag piper, and a Ceilidh band.
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