A SMITTEN couple who first met in a Jiu Jitsu class got married in an intimate wedding in front of their loved ones.

Sharon Lee, senior business analyst, and Christopher Daley, who works in recruitment, were married at the Abbey House Hotel and Gardens on January 2.

The couple, who currently live in Liverpool, first met in October 2008 at the University of Nottingham during a Jiu Jitsu course.

“The thing I love about us when we first met is that we could talk about literally anything,”

Ms Lee-Daley, who was born in Hong Kong but lived in the UK until she was seven, said.

“We literally spent the first day chatting nonstop and he just made me laugh the whole time.

“Oh, and our love of food.”

The couple got engaged in July 2012 in London over a meal at a Thai restaurant.

“Chris came to visit because I had just graduated and we had planned a nice meal at a Thai restaurant,” Ms Lee-Daley said.

“I had absolutely no idea what he was going to come up with.

“The restaurant waiter came up to us shortly after we sat down to tell us he had made a mistake as Chris had requested a table in a more private area of ​​the restaurant.

“I had no idea what was going on and just agreed. He popped the question just before dessert.

“He didn’t kneel or anything, but that was perfect for me because I wouldn’t have liked all the extra attention.”

The couple tied the knot in front of 50 guests after pushing back their wedding date by a year due to Covid restrictions.

Ms Lee-Daley said: ‘We had a few dropouts in the days leading up to the wedding which was a shame but the small number made it even more cozy and intimate and it allowed us to spend more time with our guests.

“For me, my wedding day was perfect because it was exactly what I had hoped for.

“The weather was on our side, we weren’t affected by any restrictions and all I wanted after waiting another year was to be able to celebrate with our loved ones.

“The venue was fantastic and catered to all of our needs which meant we didn’t have to worry or stress about anything.

“We knew when we set the January date that it could have been wet, cold, windy, snowy.

“I had even bought a winter shawl to put on when we had pictures outside – how wrong we were!

“The temperatures were mild and the sun shone on us when we took photos outside, it was absolutely perfect. Abbey House always had all its Christmas lights on outside and it made our night shots magical. I felt like a princess. From start to finish we had a fantastic day. It was everything we wanted and more.”

The couple are planning a honeymoon in the Maldives later this year.