FEATURE WEDDING: Flatmate cooked up a treat to help Alex impress his online love Nicki

Alex Unsworth and Nicki Sims. 'Photos by Daffodil Waves Photography
Alex Unsworth and Nicki Sims. 'Photos by Daffodil Waves Photography
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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – but, for one couple, it was the future bride who was won over by impressive cooking skills.

It wasn’t actually Alex Unsworth’s efforts which helped him pursue Nicki Sims, though – it was his flatmate’s!

“It was months later when I found out it was actually his former flatmate’s handiwork which helped to woo me!”

Bride Nicki Sims

Nicki, daughter of Anne and Nigel Sims and a compensation specialist, met Alex, son of Ken and Sue Unsworth, online in January 2013.

She explains: “We both knew it was love at first sight, but I was really won over by Alex’s amazing cooking on our second date.

“It was months later when I found out it was actually David, his former flatmate’s, handiwork, which helped to woo me!”

After a whirlwind year, the couple got engaged in February 2014.

Former Hutton pupil Alex, a member of Penwortham Cricket Club who works as an IT sales account manager, took Nicki to the Grand Hotel in Lytham St Annes, to celebrate his 29th birthday.

But he had a surprise for her up his sleeve, and pulled out an engagement ring.

The wedding took place at Hogarths Hotel in Solihull, the West Midlands, on May 3.

“Preston North End announced they were playing Colchester in a crunch promotion match the same day,” Nicki says. “Fortunately the groom’s team mates from Penwortham Cricket Club combined the journey to Solihull with their trip to Colchester.

“Another hitch was that the bass guitarist from our favourite band Killerstream sustained a nasty injury to his hand and was unable to play until a week before the wedding. However, the band learned a new set and we were able to dance to John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ for our first dance.”

She adds: “The day went without a hitch, and the guests danced well into the night to the live band, and enjoyed a hog roast and sweetie table. Flip flops were provided for tired feet and wedding favours of Molton Brown.”

The happy couple jetted to Mexico a few days later for their honeymoon, and also had a blessing on the beach.

After returning to Solihull, the couple are now busy with renovations to their home, and the groom is still allowed to travel home to Penwortham to play cricket!