Happy couple married at midday on 12/12/12
FOR newlyweds Steven and Suzanne Noon, it was a case of 'Noon by name, noon by nature'.
Or that's certainly how it seemed after the happy couple were married on the 12th day of the 12th month, 2012 – just as the clock struck 12pm.
The pair had been engaged for five years, but deliberately waited until yesterday to tie the knot.
Steven and Suzanne, who live in Knypersley, were among five couples marrying at Stoke-on-Trent Town Hall on the special date.
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Forty-seven-year-old Suzanne said: "It was actually Steven's idea to set this date as the wedding day.
"I'm glad we did, because it's the only way Steven will remember our anniversary.
"We had actually planned to get married on September 9 2009, but we decided December 12 2012 would be even better.
"I saw on the TV that a lot of places had been fully booked because of the date so I'm glad we got in early."
Steven, aged 35, said: "It feels fantastic to be married. I made sure to book it for 12pm as well because my surname is Noon.
I booked the wedding 12 months ago to make sure we had that date.
"I actually officially proposed to her this morning. I told her I had hurt my hip, then I got down on one knee."
The couple wore matching blue outfits as Steven has a car racing team called the Blooz Boyz.
Father of the bride John Baylay, aged 71, of Bucknall, said: "It was a brilliant day to have a wedding.
"It will be a long time before a date like that is repeated again.
"Also, me and my wife's wedding anniversary is this Friday so it's a big week this week.
"We actually got married in this town hall as well.
"Both Steven and Suzanne were born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent so this is a really special place for them to get married."
Around fifty people attended the ceremony before attending the reception at Wetherspoons, Hanley.
The Noons weren't the only ones marking yesterday's special date.
As reported in The Sentinel twins Reece and Ryan Bates, of Sneyd Green, celebrated their 12th birthday.
The youngsters, who were premature, are now raising funds for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, where they were treated.
Meanwhile, in Brighton, East Sussex, a ceremony declared two men civil partners at precisely 12.12pm.
The service was conducted by the aptly-named Trevor Love at the Royal Pavilion.
Mr Love said: "Every day is a special day in this job, but today has been extra-special."
Also in Brighton, James and Yasmin Jenner said they'd waited nine years to wed on this date.