Sometimes a girl just has to take matters into her own hands.
When Lauren Barnard, saw Adam Stone getting on her bus to Newman College, she knew he was the one for her.
“He played in the football academy so I had seen him around college and always noticed his gorgeous eyes,” says Lauren, an account executive at Coca Cola Enterprises from Lostock Hall.
“We had a mutual friend so I got his mobile number from them and sent him a drunk text one night saying I had spotted him. It was all instigated by me!”
On the couple’s first date Adam cooked up a storm at his mum’s house in Farington before watching a horror film.
Lauren said: “At my hen do my friends did a quiz and they had asked Adam some questions beforehand - he remembered exactly what I was wearing on our first date.”
On Christmas Day, 2010, the couple were enjoying the festivities at Lauren’s parents’ house where she had surprised Adam with a set of golf clubs; an extra present from her and the family.
“As I went to get these from the garage,” says Lauren, “Adam had an extra present for me - a giant box which I preceded to open until I got to the smallest box labelled ‘Rose Heart Soaps’ that smelt of awful smelly soap.”
Inside the box was a ring box and a poem. As Lauren read the script, Adam got down on one knee and, through teary eyes, asked ‘Will you marry me?’
“I didn’t hesitate with my answer,” adds Lauren.
The couple were married at Villa Fondi, Piano di Sorrento, Italy, on May 30 in front of 51 guests who had travelled overseas to witness the marriage.
“Luckily the rain held off on the big day as we had seven days of rain out of the 10 we were there,” says Lauren, “Villa Fondi is on a cliff edge overlooking the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius - you don’t get much better than that!”
Seven of Lauren’s friends read poems during the ceremony, including one written by her college friends specially for the occasion.
As they left the villa for their reception, Mr and Mrs Stone followed an Italian tradition to have balloons released; a large helium balloon containing 100 mini love heart balloons were released together.
Back home in England, the newlyweds held an evening reception at Chipping Village Hall for friend and family, complete with hog roast, Robinsons Ice Cream van and photo booth.
“I asked Adam what he thinks made our wedding day special,” says Lauren, “and he said ‘the beautiful bride.’
“I knew there was a reason I married him!”