Romantic Valentine's wedding for couple who met on a blind date

A regular shopping trip to Morrisons took an unusual turn for Laura Walsh, when she was approached by a stranger asking if she would like to be set up with a '˜good looking man'.

Saturday, 20th February 2016, 10:00 am
Laura Walsh and Liam James married at Park Hall Hotel in Charnock Richard on Valentine's Day. Pictures by L&L Photography, part of Magic Munkeys Photography -

Liam James’s step mum obviously had a good feeling that romance could blossom between the pair, and he called Laura the next day.

Laura, a social worker from Chorley, says: “She took my number and said she had a good looking step son who was single.

“The next day Liam called and asked if I wanted to meet for a drink, and we went to the Spinners and met again for another date at Tango Joe’s Carribean restaurant, where Liam pulled out all the stops to impress me.

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“That’s when we officially became an item and from that day we have been inseparable.”

Liam, a recruitment consultant from Coppull, proposed in June 2014 when the couple were spending the night at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet in Preston.

“I was making a drink in the room and when I turned around, Liam was down on one knee holding an engagement ring,” Laura says. “He said ‘you are the most beautiful girl in the world, would you do me the honour of being my wife?

“I was shocked but so excited and instantly said ‘yes’. I spent the whole night staring at my ring, totally in love.”

And the couple tied the knot on the most romantic day of all - last Sunday, Valentine’s Day.

They said their vows at Park Hall Hotel in Charnock Richard, with Laura revealing: “The ceremony was really emotional - Liam was confident, proud and excited but also nervous prior to the ceremony starting.

“But once Pachelbels Canon began and my mum and I were walking down the red carpet towards Liam - let’s just say he shed quite a few tears, and this then set many of the guests off too!

“So much meaning was felt when we exchanged our vows, it was truly amazing.

“Walking out of the ceremony as Mr and Mrs James to a reggae version of Pachelbels Canon felt like such an accomplishment.

“The purpose of the day was finally achieved and any nerves were gone.”

The newlyweds, who live in Chorley, are celebrating their nuptials with a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.