YOUR WEDDING: Lee Hayward and Katie Ellis

Romance blossomed over the treadmill for personal trainer Lee Hayward and A&E nurse Katie Ellis.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 2:16 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:44 am

The couple’s eyes met across a busy gym and it was love at first workout.

“It’s true what they say – exercise is good for you,” laughed Katie after the couple’s winter wedding.

“I went to the gym to get fit and look what I came out with.”

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The happy couple take their vows

The couple, who married at the sumptuous Eaves Hall near Clitheroe, are both in the health business.

Lee is senior wellbeing personal trainer at the Nuffield Health fitness centre in Walton-le-Dale.

There he carries out health MOTs for clients as well as delivering one-to-one fitness programmes.

Katie works on the trauma team at the Royal Preston Hospital, delivering critical care to seriously ill and injured patients from across the North West.

Confetti time as guests shower Katie and Lee after the ceremony

Colleagues from both the fitness centre and the hospital were at Eaves Hall to see the couple marry.

“It was an absolutely wonderful day,” said Katie.

“It was everything we had hoped for, in fact even more.

“We couldn’t have wished for it to go any better.

The happy couple take their vows

“As it was a winter wedding you always worry about the weather.

“There were storms the day before and the day after, but it was perfect on the day itself. We really were so lucky.”

Katie, eldest daughter of Alison and Brian Ellis from Longton, revealed Lee proposed in the romantic Italian town of Sorento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. Their honeymoon was spent at the Long Beach Golf and Spa Resort in the Indian Ocean paradise of Mauritius.

“I think it’s obvious Lee is a bit of a romantic,” said Katie.

Confetti time as guests shower Katie and Lee after the ceremony

“But I’m not complaining, it’s wonderful when you’re made to feel special.”

Lee, one of three brothers whose parents Brian and Joan Hayward live in Chorley, said: “It was just another day in the gym until Katie walked in. Then it was all bells and whistles.

“I didn’t believe in love at first sight until that day. Sounds soppy that doesn’t it? But it’s true.”

Maid of honour: Amy Ellis.

Bridesmaids: Amy Williams and Lucy Bridges.

Flower girls: Abbie and Sophie Hayward.

Best man: Ste Thompson.

Ushers: Tom Ellis, and Terry Ormesher.

Wedding dress: Amelia’s Bridal Boutique, Clitheroe.

Flowers: Flowers with Passion , Longridge.

Make up: Lucie MUA.

Hair: Naomi Byron @ Hall of Hair in Lostock Hall.

Venue dressing: Creative Cover Hire of Whitestake, Preston.

Stationary: Brides Little Helper of Clitheroe.

Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS.

Suits: Nigel Clare of Chorley.

DJ: Dance Floor Couture of Preston.

Wedding singer: Wayne Farrow from Burnley.

Cake: Shelagh Rawlinson.

Photography: Kerry Woods of Mellor.