A woman whose “life was saved” when she took a job at a fast food restaurant has said ‘I do’ to the man of her dreams - in the McDonald’s where they met.
Sandra Geeves says that working at the company has transformed her life, not just because of her re-built confidence and new friends but because she met her future husband when he walked into the restaurant and saw her mopping the floor.
And on Wednesday they held a traditional Christian wedding ceremony in the H5 Portway restaurant, complete with a priest, toastmaster, a wedding cake in the style of the McDonald’s building, the men wearing silver French fry cufflinks, and Sandra being given away by her store manager.
She said: “One day a man came in and said hello to me. I didn’t pay much attention – I wasn’t looking for another man. He came in every day and always spoke to me. The team even had a nickname for him – ‘Porridge Paul’ because he’d always have porridge.
“People would tell me ‘Here’s that guy who likes you,’ and my heart started missing a beat whenever he came in. It took three-and-a-half years for me to build up the confidence to go on our first date, but we haven’t looked back since – and when he proposed he did it at the North Pole!”
Paul and Sandra, 53, who lives in Hodge Lea, were officially married at Bletchley Register Office. But Sandra’s family had no idea what was in store afterwards for Sandra had led them to believe the reception was in a swanky hotel.
She said: “McDonald’s is a brilliant job and we’re just like one big family. I came here when I was in a bad place and felt I couldn’t get any lower.
“I’d had management jobs in the past, but I just wanted to do the lowest thing I could think of. I’d split with my husband, lost contact with my children, and had attempted suicide.
“But coming to McDonald’s is the best thing I’ve ever done. It has built my confidence up, given me new friends, allowed me to re-build my relationships with my children, and it’s where I met the man of my dreams.
“I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather spend the happiest day of my life.”