Love is the law as these newlyweds bring the Big Apple to Lancashire
Exactly one year before their big day, Helen Ollerton and David Traynor were enjoying a walk around New York City’s Central Park.
It was here that David, a barrister, originally from Crosby, Liverpool, proposed to Helen.
The HR administrator from Fulwood says: “We went on holiday and visited Washington and Boston before finishing off with six nights in New York.
“We were walking around Central Park and when we got to Bow Bridge, David proposed with a beautiful diamond ring that he had chosen himself – it was perfect!”
After much shock and to David’s relief, Helen said yes.
“He was so relieved as he had been carrying this ring round with him the whole trip and was worried about losing it or me finding it.”
The couple, who live together in Fulwood, met at the Preston Law Society Ball back in March 2010 where they were introduced to each other by friends.
And it was in front of those friends and family members that Helen and David exchanged vows at St Peter’s Church, Stonyhurst.
The bride was given away by her brother James, and the groom’s best man had flown in from Hong Kong especially for the occasion.
“Everyone was worrying about what the weather would be like in November,” says Helen, “they thought we were mental for choosing to get married in the cold.
“But the day was beautiful; the sun was shining, it was lovely and crisp and there was no rain in sight.
“We wanted to get married on November 30 as it meant so much to us being exactly one year from when we got engaged.”
At the evening reception held at Mitton Hall, Whalley, a black and white theme was set incorporated with a New York element – tables named after the city’s famous landmarks the newlyweds had visited.
“We organised a photobooth to come to the evening reception,” adds Helen, “it was a great surprise for the guests and everyone had such a laugh getting their photos taken and we have some great pictures.
“Even David’s 92-year-old grandmother loved it!”