Canadian wedding failure was a blessing in disguise.
Sometimes blessings come in disguise.
So when a surprise wedding in Canada didn’t quite go to plan for Sarah and William, it simply meant they could celebrate with family and friends on this side of the Atlantic instead.
The couple, who live in Leyland, were married at St Ambrose Church, Leyland, on May 30.
Sarah, a teacher originally from Ambleside, and William, a coach driver originally from Wigan, met when they bumped into each other in Grasmere in the Lake District.
Romance quickly blossomed and while on a family holiday to Canada, where the pair would eventually honeymoon, William had a surprise – it just wasn’t the one Sarah had thought it would be.
Sarah says: “The proposal itself didn’t really happen.
“William had meant to arrange a surprise wedding while we were over there, but red tape and long distance made it difficult to arrange.
“Instead, he just told me!”
The couple eventually married in Leyland in an intimate family ceremony.
“It was perfect, a lovely day,” say the newlyweds.
Sarah was walked down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be by her brother, Jeffrey Maycock, while her mum ensured she had the perfect wedding cake. Guests arrived from Canada, the Lake District, and from across the north-west to see the pair exchange vows and the bride’s mum had her own secret surprise in store.
“A surprise guest landed on the Tuesday before the big day,” says the new Mrs Winstanley.
“A special auntie who said she couldn’t come was picked up from the airport and managed to make it after all.”
The wedding party continued on to the Tickled Trout Hotel at Samlesbury, where Sarah and William took to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife to Canadian rocker Bryan Adams’ hit ‘Please Forgive Me’. And into the evening Sarah’s teammates from the Leyland and Chorley Hockey Club “helped to keep the dance floor buzzing”.