Wedding bells for Michael and Sarah

Michael Mitchell and Sarah Leach who are getting married tomorrow (Sat)
Michael Mitchell and Sarah Leach who are getting married tomorrow (Sat)

The power of love will unite a couple in marriage who have overcome difficulties to build their life together.

Michael Mitchell, 51, and Sarah Leach, 35, will walk down the aisle as man and wife following their wedding service tomorrow at St Jude’s Church, Halifax.

They will then celebrate with dozens of family and friends at Arden Road Social Club, Halifax.

Michael is partially sighted and Sarah has learning difficulties but despite their problems they have set up home together in Boothtown.

They met at a meeting 10 years ago and got chatting.

“Michael said he wanted a girlfriend and I said why not me,” said Sarah.

“He is romantic and likes his kisses.”

The couple were engaged in 2004 and moved into their flat together in 2011.

Michael said he had wanted a partner and and enjoys the companionship and trips out shopping on the bus to Bradford and Leeds.

Family have helped plan the wedding which will also be attended by their fellow tenants at Iona House.

“We are happy and looking forward to the wedding,” said Sarah.

“We will be ok because we love each other and have companionship.”

Sarah has picked a white dress and there will be three bridesmaids and a best man.

They intend to have a honeymoon at a later date.

The couple both attend St Jude’s Church along with Sarah’s sister, Dawn Leach, who will give a reading and she is one of the bridesmaids.

St Jude’s Vicar Rev Martin Russell said Michael and Sarah had been worshipping at the church for several years.

“When they moved in together it was suggested they get married and I approched them about that and we talked it through,” he said.

“We are all looking forward to the day and the choir is coming and it will be quite a celebration for us all.”

He said church members had held a collection and a generous donation raised towards the honeymoon.

Rev Russell had to take advice as Michael is unable to sign his signature. Instead, he will make a mark on the register and Rev Russell will sign to verify it is his.