“Rick always used to say we will get married on the 12th,” says Claire Mironiuk, “but he would finish of the sentence with ‘of never!”
“So I thought it would be fab to get married on December 12, 2012.”
Scaffolder Richard Lindsay proposed to Claire after she arrived home from her job as a hairdresser at The Works Hair and Beauty in Walton-le-Dale.
She says: “It was a Saturday evening and Rick had me a bubble bath ready with candles – he’s so romantic anyway I didn’t think anything of it.
“He told me to dress up and come down when I was ready.”
As Claire reached the bottom of the stairs Richard, dressed in a suit, blindfolded her and led her to the living room which was set up like a restaurant, complete with candles and roses.
After their meal of seafood and champagne Richard pulled out a beautiful diamond ring.
“I shouted yes and I couldn’t believe he had got me the ring I had always wanted,” says Claire, “I must be worth it!”
The couple set about planning their dream wedding but a chance conversation with a client led Claire to a spontaneous decision.
“She said I’d always wanted a spontaneous wedding and 12/12/12 was four weeks away.
“I called Stanley House which we had fallen in love with and hoped they had my date – luckily they said yes.”
Another call to a registrar who had one slot left sealed the deal.
“They had five o’clock left and as I’d always wanted a late wedding, it was fate,” adds Claire.
And unlike most brides-to-be, Claire found her perfect dress almost instantly.
“It was one of the first ones I tried on,” she adds
“The lace glistened like ice – ideal for the winter theme.”
The couple exchanged vows at Stanley House Hotel and Spa, Mellor, in an intimate winter ice-themed ceremony in front of just 26 adults and three children.
“My sister Kirsty, who was my chief bridesmaid, set the room up as a surprise,” says Claire.
“As I walked down the aisle to an instrumental slow version of Fairytale of New York there was soft glittery snow down and an ivory arch with blue ribbons and snowflakes on – it was beautiful.”
As they were pronounced husband and wife, the father of the bride had a surprise for the newlyweds.
“We went outside and my dad had set up a snow machine,” says Claire, “It was magical, even though it was freezing I didn’t feel the cold I was that excited.”
The room for the wedding breakfast had also had a touch of Kirsty’s handiwork with snow flake confetti, candles, Christmas twig lighting adding to the icy theme.
More family members and close friends arrived following the meal to wish they bride and groom well and to join in the celebrations.
“The morning after Rick and I enjoyed breakfast as a married couple and had the spa to ourselves,” says Claire. Our day was just perfect.
“Perfect date, perfect wedding, perfect husband!”