First Dates stars spend their first Christmas together as a married couple after wedding twice canceled by Covid

They found love on the hit dating show First Dates and stars Cindy Thompson and Elan Cohen are set to celebrate their first Christmas

together as a married couple in their new dream home.

Cindy Thompson and Elan Cohen, both 31, moved viewers to tears with their instant emotional connection on Channel Four’s first dates when she told her match that her mother had incurable brain cancer .

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And the couple, from Whitefield, finally got married in September after their marriage was called off twice due to Covid.

They met at First Dates in 2017

The couple, whose big day was canceled in May and again in November last year, said “yes” in front of 100 guests.

The couple managed to revamp the same barn in Cheshire and the same caterers for a three-course meal and evening buffet for their rose gold and khaki themed wedding with five bridesmaids.

And guests were greeted by a cardboard cutout from First Dates butler Fred Sirieix as a nod to the couple who fell in love on national television when their episode aired in April 2018.

This Christmas, the newlyweds and their families will raise a festive glass of mum Angela’s favorite sparkling wine in memory of the “intelligent and lively” woman who died in June 2018.

Cindy and Elan with matchmaker Fred

“We are so excited about our first Christmas in our new home together as a married couple,” said Cindy, 31, a senior online supermarket manager, who lives in Whitefield with sales manager Elan. , also 31 years old.

“We all spend Christmas Day with my father and then everyone comes to see us on Boxing Day.

“Mom loved Christmas and having the whole family together, and she will always be with us in spirit and be part of our family.

“Mom would welcome anyone into her home, especially at Christmas.

“If anyone was going through a rough time, they knew they could always knock on our door and Mum would probably greet them with an Irish coffee and a meat pie, and make them feel at home!

“She was so warm and loving and missed by everyone who knew her.”

Elan and Cindy with her mom

Cindy enjoys carrying on her mother’s Christmas traditions.

“We put clues on each gift like she did and buy a new decoration for the tree every year, even when there was no room left on the branches,” she said.

“We have so many happy and fun memories to share, like the year mom decided to put the turkey on the grill, so it was a pretty late dinner that year when it was done right!

“And we went to a memorial service in Leeds hosted by Yorkshire’s Brain Tumor Charity to remember loved ones lost to brain tumors, and lit a candle for Mum.

“I miss her terribly, especially on special family occasions like Christmas and our wedding day, but I know she is in our hearts and would be very proud of the way we have moved on with our lives.”

Cindy is grateful that her mother met King David School alumnus Elan, born in Bury and raised in Prestwich.

The couple touched the hearts of the nation on Channel 4’s first dates after Cindy revealed her mother Angela had glioblastoma.

The couple’s love affair began in October 2017 when their episode of First Date was filmed and Cindy shared her grief over her mother’s prognosis as Elan confided in her mother’s fight against the Depression.

“It took Mum to know that I had met the love of my life,” Cindy said.

“She adored him and her last words to him were ‘please don’t let me down’.

“Elan held his hand and promised he wouldn’t – he kept his word.

“He was my rock and I wouldn’t have been through it all without him.”

Now, they finally hope to spend their honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives in February.

“As soon as Elan walked in I knew he was my type and that his personality was more than what he looked like,” Cindy said.

“When I told him about my mom, he was so understanding and compassionate.”

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Cindy moved into Elan’s apartment in January 2019 and he offered it in May.

In January of this year, they moved into a four bedroom house in Whitefield.

Cindy shares her story through The Brain Tumor Charity to support her first UK trial of the cannabis-based drug Sativex in the treatment of glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord.

The Brain Tumor Charity has appealed to raise £ 450,000 and has yet to raise £ 50,000 to complete the trial.


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