The 32-year-old executive PA, from north London, had been enjoying a romantic pre-Valentine’s Day night in with Stewart, 36, at his family home when the couple decided to try out the fancy dress item.
Having soon realised there was no key, they battled to prise off the cuffs for two hours before Stew called his folks to confess.
The embarrassed pair then headed to their local fire station where a fireman released Sarah using a set of industrial bolt cutters – and a lads' magazine to shield her face from any flying debris.
Now, 12 years after the amusing incident in February 2007, the couple are married with a son – and Sarah admits they haven’t dared look at a pair of handcuffs since.
“I was mortified when Stewart called his parents,” Sarah tells Fabulous Digital.
“But I was also really starting to panic. Luckily they found it hilarious. I think both they and the firemen refused to believe we hadn’t been getting up to anything naughty!
“Stew and I still weren’t an official couple, but I definitely think the incident helped us bond – pardon the pun.
“We laughed about it on our actual Valentine’s Day date a week later over dinner. I was surprised he didn’t buy me a fluffy pair of handcuffs as a joke present.”
The couple grew up in the same village – Radlett in north-west London – and started dating while both were at university in Nottingham.
“He was a bit older than me so we didn’t socialise much when we were younger, but we’d say hello to each other on campus, then I added him on Facebook and we started messaging,” Sarah recalls.
“Both of us still lived with our parents and had popped back home for a weekend. We’d only been on a couple of dates and Stewart invited me over to his for a takeaway.
“We were chilling and watching TV when one of his dad’s friends came to the door and handed him a pair of handcuffs. He’d borrowed them for a fancy dress party and was returning them.
“He came back into the living room and Stew, with a glint in his eye, thought it would be hilarious if I put them on.”
It was only after she was locked in that she realised the metal cuffs were missing a key.
“They were actually quite hard-wearing, and as I tried to get them off they tightened more and more on my wrist,” Sarah explains.
“I started to panic. We just couldn’t see a way of getting them off. We found some secateurs in the kitchen, which are obviously intended to cut plants, so when we tried to prise them off with those it didn’t work.
“After trying for 20 minutes we managed to cut the chain, so I now had my hands separated but with a cuff on each wrist.”
Desperate Stewart called his mum and dad, who advised them to go to the fire station.
Sarah says: “After some reluctance we went down – it was around 7pm so they were all sitting in their tea room.
“When we walked in they were in hysterics assuming we’d been up to no good – even though I was still fully dressed!
“A man found some metal bolt cutters but it took him ages to get them under the cuff as they were so tight. Then he used a Nuts magazine to shield my face in case anything flew off into my eyes, which I found even more mortifying.”
Luckily Stewart’s dad wasn’t too upset about losing his cuffs – and his family made a point of bringing up the story at their wedding in June 2012.
Sarah adds: “We now have a little boy who’s nearly two, so this year’s Valentine’s Day will probably be a much less eventful romantic night in – not a handcuff in sight!”
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