Claire is not superstitious, particularly after her Friday the 13th wedding flowed without a glitch. She’s 32 and lives in a beautiful village in rural Oxfordshire, about 20 miles south of Oxford.
She spoke with Prequels about her love story and surprise honeymoon.
When and how did you meet your husband?
In May 2008. We both work at the same scientific research facility (although not together) and we met at a work night out that he had organised soon after I joined. I was the new girl and was invited by a colleague to give me a chance to meet people. By chance, one of his friends had brought along a female friend with the intention of setting them up. It didn’t work out so well for her, but worked out great for me!
At what point did you know you wanted to marry him?
Pretty early on, he’s a very caring and supportive person. We always laugh/groan at each others’ jokes, even the really old cheesy ones we’ve heard a million times before. We’ll probably still be laughing at the same jokes when we’re in our 80s. Also, I came home one day and found Simon ironing. He said “the football was on TV, so I did the ironing.” Now I wouldn’t say that was a natural combination (I would have expected beer and pizza instead), but he likes to justify sole control of the TV for the duration of the game and I’m happy to let him. Who wouldn’t marry a man who always volunteers to do the ironing?!