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Sweethearts tie the knot in Asda

Lee and Gill Carter tied the knot in Asda Photo: MEN Media

A supermarket cafe was transformed into an unlikely wedding reception venue for a couple revisiting the place where their romance began.

Newlyweds Lee and Gill Carter partied at Rawtenstall Asda, Lancashire, and the store’s cafe was transformed for the big day.

The couple began a relationship three years ago after Lee invited Gill to join his table because the café was full. They live five minutes’ walk from the store, so visit it most days together.

They could not afford to splash out on an expensive wedding party – and were delighted when supermarket staff offered to host their reception in the fitting venue.

Gill, 55, said:

The café is a special place for us. The staff are lovely – we regard them as our friends and it’s just a lovely place, with a great view of the hills.”

– Gill Carter

Lee and Gill married at Accrington Registry Office before staff members lined up to applaud them into the store.

They then headed to the café, which had been specially decorated with balloons and tablecloths for the wedding party.

The event was held in one half of the café with the other half open to regular customers.

Gill said:

It was such a lovely thing to do. It made our hearts pitter patter! We had a fantastic day and all of our guests really enjoyed it too. It’s hard to put into words how pleased we are. The colleagues went all out to make it special. It was lovely what they had done with the café – it looked wonderful.”

“I’ve been coming to the café regularly for eight years for a bit of company and I think Lee did too. When we came in we weren’t on our own anymore. When we met in the café it went from a spark to a flame.”

– Gill Carter

Staff member Anne Whitley first suggested the café as the perfect place to hold the reception.

Anne said: “I’ve known Gill and Lee since I started working here five years ago. They’re lovely – I adore them both – and it’s wonderful we’ve been able to help them.”

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The reception was attended by Gill’s children Rebecca, Immelda and Aaron, and granddaughter. Lee’s brother Tom was best man.

In his speech Lee, 42, thanked the cafe team, who arranged the seating plan and provided champagne and a tiered wedding cake, to which Gill’s sister added special decorations.

He said:

They have worked so hard for us and made our wedding day one to cherish for the rest of our lives. We love the café because of the lovely helpful staff that always have a smile on their faces and are very supportive and friendly. When we told our family and friends our plan they were surprised but very happy for us.”

– Lee Carter

Darren Knowles, deputy store manager, said:

It’s a pleasure to give something back to two regular customers who’ve been coming here for years.”

– Darren Knowles, deputy store manager