Mountain climbing couple hike their way to true love in winter wonderland wedding – NW Evening Mail

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A MOUNTAIN climbing couple who plan to take on Everest said ‘I do’ in a winter wonderland-themed wedding.

Sian Gilgeous, 28, a teacher, and John Riley, 42, a property manager, met eight years ago while they were working at a bar in Liverpool.

However, romance did not blossom for several years until the pair were separated when Mr Riley took on Everest Base Camp.

The now Mrs Riley said: “He was my manager when I first worked as a student at the bar.

“We both didn’t act on our feelings for a while then John climbed Everest Base Camp and we kept in touch as friends.”

The couple had their first date over Christmas 2014.

“John is super laid back which I really like,” she said.

“He played hard to get to start with but it didn’t last long.

“We just get along so well – there hasn’t been one day since we met where we haven’t laughed.”

For their first date the pair visited a cocktail and tapas bar in Liverpool.

Within two weeks, the smitten pair had moved in together.

Mrs Riley said: “My mum actually let my student room out so it kind of made sense for me to move in.

“It didn’t feel soon or anything, I felt 100 per cent comfortable.”

The couple had a daughter named Florence together two years later before becoming engaged in January 2017.

“We were sat on the sofa one day and made a promise to both climb Everest,” she said.

“But we wanted to be married when we do that, as well as due to the fact we have a daughter together.

“So we just decided to get married, it was very casual.

“We’re not romantic at all so it was very low-key.”

The pair, who now live in Ambleside, officially tied the knot at Askham Hall in a winter wonderland themed wedding in front of 90 of their nearest and dearest.

Mrs Riley described the day as ‘lovely’ and ‘very relaxed’.

She said: “I messed up my vows which was quite funny.

“And our daughter was meant to do this lovely slow walk down the aisle but actually ended up sprinting – it was so cute.

“Our golden doodle Bella was also there and sat in the audience.

“It was a really relaxed and intimate wedding which we wanted.

“The theme was winter wonderland too so there was a lot of foliage and candles everything, it was really romantic.”

For their honeymoon, the newlyweds plan on embarking on a skiing holiday in Canada or America some time next year.

During the summer, the family is planning a getaway to Turkey.

All photography featured in the article is by Tiree Dawson.

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