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:
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.
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.”
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.
Darren Knowles, deputy store manager, said: