PNE game at Colchester led to a proposal at Buckingham Palace

Sophia Kirkbride & Adam Gray PHOTO: Paul T Cowan at By Paul and Jane
Sophia Kirkbride & Adam Gray PHOTO: Paul T Cowan at By Paul and Jane
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Eight years after their first date at a McDonald’s drive through, Adam Gray chose somewhere a little more upmarket to propose to Sophia Kirkbride.

The couple, who live in Penwortham, met at Hutton Sixth Form as students and in February last year, spent a weekend away in London as part of Adam’s Christmas present.

Sophia, a personal shopper, says: “Adam’s present was to watch any PNE away game and have a weekend away anywhere he wanted.

“He chose the game at Colchester so we had a weekend away in London and while we were outside my favourite place in the city, Buckingham Palace, he proposed.”

Not knowing Adam, a physiotherapist, had planned the proposal, Sophia had organised a surprise of her own.

“I had no idea so I had booked a Jack the Ripper tour around Whitechapel as a surprise so that’s how we spent our engagement night,” she says.

Following the “freezing” game, the pair spent a much more romantic evening at the Thirteen restaurant owned by Sophia’s favourite chef, Jamie Oliver.

On August 23, Sophia and Adam were married at St Andrew’s Church, Longton.

“The ceremony was beautiful and we loved every minute of it,” says the new Mrs Gray, “even the longest version of All Things Bright and Beautiful ever!”

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds stopped off at Hutton to have their photograph taken outside the place that they met, as well as outside Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium next to the Sir Tom Finney ‘Splash’ statue.

At their reception venue, Barton Grange Hotel, Barton, Sophia and Adam’s guests were welcomed with Pimms and beer in the garden and at the wedding breakfast was accompanied by the ‘Perfect Day Acoustic Duo’.

For their first dance as husband and wife, the couple took to the dance floor to Elbow’s, ‘One Day Like This’.

“The lyrics, ‘One day like this a year would see me right’ pretty much summed up the day for us,” adds Sophia.