Mark was in County college studying business studies and Rachael was in Fylde studying marketing. They met in one of their very first marketing seminars, became friends through members of the rugby union club and started dating in 2007. Rachael was born in the Wirral, and after graduating in 2008, moved to Mark's home town of Preston where they bought their first home in 2009. This was the second Lancaster University wedding from their group of friends, and there have been a few since, with the 5th at the end of 2014.
They were very fortunate to have so many of their university friends at their wedding in Greece; 15 attended the wedding including the best man and one of the bridesmaids. They were overwhelmed with almost 100 guests making the journey to be part of their special day. Mark surprised Rachael with a honeymoon cruising the Mediterranean. Mark is now Sales Director for an Estate Agent and Rachael is a Business Development Manager for a design agency; they live in Preston and are expecting their first baby in October.