Your North East Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 51)

THE TOWER of love Sarah and Brandon’s friendship blossomed into a love to last forever Images courtesy of Tyla Fairbairn Photography Sarah and Brandon met at Tynemouth Longsands beach eight years ago. “We started ff as good friends, but aft r three years realised there was a definite spark,” says Sarah. “From our very first date I remember thinking, ‘So this is what it’s meant to feel like’ – and we’ve never looked back! My favourite song is Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits, and when he asked me to be his girlfriend he recited the lyrics, ‘You and me, babe, how about it?’ as his way of an official boyfriend proposal – and I was sold!” Two years later Brandon popped the question in a log cabin in Northumberland while the couple were celebrating Sarah’s birthday. “The proposal was meant to be a surprise, but two days before our trip we found out I was pregnant with our daughter, Stevie,” continues the bride. “In a panic Brandon told my Dad I was pregnant and asked his permission to marry me! He swears he’d planned this all much before he got me pregnant, though! Brandon proposed with a ring, down on one knee, along with a glass that he’d had engraved with ‘Sarah House of Malligan’, with the Stark family crest from our favourite TV show, Game of Thrones.” The couple set the date of 2nd April 2022, choosing Newcastle’s The Secret Tower as their venue. Here, Sarah tells us more about their big day… REAL WEDDINGS 39