The teenage crush that led to the altar

Wedding party: Michael Farrar and Nicole Putman with their groomsmen and bridesmaids on their special day
Wedding party: Michael Farrar and Nicole Putman with their groomsmen and bridesmaids on their special day

Christmas is the perfect time for the family to come together.

And what better family occasion is there, than a wedding.

Back in 2000, 14-year-old Nicole Putman developed quite a crush on Michael Farrar.

“I used to stalk him,” says the legal executive from Singleton.

“We briefly got together two years later when I turned 16 but it wasn’t until 2005 that we finally got serious.”

Five years later, in January 2010 Michael, a creative director at icansee web design, invited Nicole out on a date.

“Michael sent some flowers to my work asking me out to Yu Yu’s restaurant,” says, Nicole, “I didn’t have a clue it was for a proposal as he did this quite often.”

The couple enjoyed a “wonderful meal” which was finished off in style.

“The ring came out in a champagne glass and Michael got down on one knee in the restaurant to propose,” adds Nicole, 
“obviously I said, ‘yes’.”

The couple, who live in Michael’s hometown of Blackburn with their five-year-old son William, were married at St Mary’s Church, Osbaldeston, three days before Christmas on December 22.

Following the ceremony a reception was held at Samlesbury Hall near Preston.

“Everyone had a bit of Christmas cheer to make it an extra special atmosphere,” says the couple, “it was a great day and a lot of people have said what a fantastic wedding it was.

“The venue looked stunning and the night time reception was brilliant.

“We had a wonderful band supplied by Craig Music and DJ Chris Turner.”

The perfect way to kick of the ultimate party season and their life as husband and wife.