They say the path of true love never runs smooth, well for one couple that's certainly true
Chris and Jo Watts have overcome floods, train delays and even a broken arm to make it to Gretna Green in time for their Valentines Day wedding, it looks like the story will end happily ever after, as Jenny Longden reports.
A couple due to get married at Gretna Green today, on Valentine's Day, have overcome setback after setback to arrive in Dumfries and Galloway in time for their big day.Jo King and Chris Watts from Buckingham faced train delays due to flooding in the South of England.
They then missed a connecting train to Gretna, and had to get a taxi to their hotel in time to pick up their marriage paperwork.Bride-to-be Jo fractured her elbow whilst out walking her dog last week, and is now wearing a sling.
It all began last Valentine's Day when the couple got engaged, but they were both so ill they couldn't even make it out for dinner together.
Jo says "Last Wednesday, I just thought it wasn't going to happen. But Chris was adamant that we were going to be in Gretna Green on Valentine's Day for our wedding, and said he would drive all night if he had to! I have a special bling sling for my arm to make it blend in a bit more!"
A couple have finally made it to Gretna Green after days of bad luck.
Chris Watts and wife-to-be Jo have been trying to get to Gretna from Buckingham so they could get married today, Valentine's Day.
But, they've been hindered by bad-luck along the way. Jo broke her arm two days ago and they've been struggling with flooding at home and the consequences of the bad weather whilst trying to travel north for their big day.
They've managed it, with a bit of help from good samaritans along the way.
Valentine's Day is just a week away, so if you've not booked the restaurant or bought the card, t may be a good time to start thinking about it.
But we probably don't need to remind you, because it appears we're the most romantic people in the country.
Research by the Royal Mail found that people living in Dumfries and Galloway, and north Cumbria, posted more Valentine's Day cards than anyone else last year.
Fiona McIlwraith reports.
Our regions been been named the most romantic place in the UK.
Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway, which is home to the UK's marriage capital Gretna Green, topped the list after Royal Mail analysed mail volumes in its centres over Valentines Day last year.
The Carlisle mail centre, which serves both counties, saw a 32% increase, most of which are thought to be Valentines Day cards.
Dumfries and Galloway and Carlisle have been declared the most romantic regions in the whole of the UK, and Scotland.
The results, from a study conducted by Royal Mail, looked at how many Valentines Day cards were sent last year.
Dumfries and Galloway postcodes joined Cumbria at the top of the 'league table of love'.
Lovestruck residents in the regions saw the largest increase in first class mail in the run up for Valentines Day 2013, an increase of 32%.
While many couples celebrate Valentine's Day with a meal or a bunch of flowers, dozens marked February 14th by getting married.
It was the busiest day of the year in the 'wedding capital' Gretna Green. Hannah McNulty reports.
Couples tying the knot at Gretna Green have told ITV Border why they chose the famous Scottish location for their special day:
Weddings are in full swing at Gretna Green with 25 couples choosing to tie the knot on Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day is traditionally the busiest day of the year when it comes to weddings in Gretna Green.
The first of 25 couples will tie the knot at 10am with the final nuptials taking place at 5pm.
The last time Gretna Green witnessed scores of marriages was on the historic date of 12.12.12.