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Saturday, April 10, 1999 Published at 21:17 GMT 22:17 UK


Wedding bells in Asda's aisles

Love in the aisles: Asda-style

A bride and groom have completed their wedding ceremony by walking down the aisle of their local supermarket.

The BBC's Victoria Norris: "Intrigued shoppers were in attendance"
An Asda store in Nottinghamshire hosted Britain's first supermarket wedding blessing when Tracy Marshall, 33, and Wayne Bowler, 35, reaffirmed their vows there.

The couple held the ceremony at the supermarket in Sutton in Ashfield - because a proposal posted on the store's noticeboard led to their engagement.

Shoppers watched as they publicly acknowledged their commitment to each other beneath a makeshift iron gazebo in the childrenswear department.

Store Manager Chris Rafferty: "Our emotions have been up and down all week"
The 15-minute ceremony, which was attended by 100 guests, followed their register office wedding.

Afterwards, the newly-weds admitted they had been a "bit nervous", but said their happy day had been "absolutely fantastic".

The store and local businesses provided a dress, suit, photographer, flowers, balloons, cars, a red carpet and a wedding cake for the event.

[ image: A first for supermarkets]
A first for supermarkets
Asda events manager Joe Davies denied the blessing had been a publicity stunt to generate media coverage for Asda.

He said: "Everything has gone to plan. I am really happy for them.

"It was their day and the store got involved because we are part of the local community. They are a lovely couple and they wanted something special."

The blessing was followed by a buffet reception above the store for the couple and their guests.

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