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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