Love blossomed for couple who were headed in opposite directions
It was a case of love at first light for one young Banbridge couple after they met during an early morning drive to work.
Sandra Brown and new husband Rob Gault were driving down the dual carriageway at 6.30am one day in July 2009, when they caught each other’s eye.
The two drove on to work in separate directions — but it was the start of a whirlwind romance that ended in a wedding just 18 months later.
“I knew Rob from school but we’d say hello to each other and nothing more,” said Sandra (30), who works as a nanny.
“That morning I waved at him but didn’t think anything of it and went on to work. Half-an-hour later I got a text from him — and the rest is history.”
Plant operator Rob (30) took Sandra on their first date just three days later, when the pair went out for a meal in Lisburn.
The following January they moved in together and started planning a small family wedding in the new year.
Sandra said: “We had an instant attraction, it was like we just clicked. I could chat away to him about anything and we had a lot of fun together.”
The happy couple planned their wedding in secret after deciding that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.
“We didn’t tell anyone until it was all booked, which meant we could do everything our way,” Sandra added.
“The only person who knew was my mum, because we had to go dress shopping together.
“I have no idea how we kept it secret for so long — I guess nobody was talking about it, so we never gave anything away.”
Rob and Sandra got married on December 30 in an intimate ceremony at Brookhall cottages, Lisburn.
Just 15 guests watched the romantic service, which saw Sandra walk up the aisle to traditional pipe music.
The Co Down couple were then joined by friends and family at a reception before driving to Dublin for their honeymoon.
“The day was absolutely perfect — everything I wanted,” said Sandra.
The pair are now building a new house in Banbridge, which they hope to finish this year.
‘We didn’t tell anyone until it was all booked, only my mum knew’.