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Couple marry in the UK's first Scientology wedding

The couple share their first kiss as man and wife. Credit: Scientology Press Office/PA Wire

Two newlyweds have become the first couple in Britain to tie the knot in a Church of Scientology chapel.

Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli tie the knot at the Church of Scientology chapel in London. Credit: Scientology Press Office/PA Wire

Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli, both 25, walked down the aisle in the historic ceremony after winning a landmark legal battle at the Supreme Court to exchange vows at the church.

The newlyweds walked down the aisle in the historic ceremony after winning a landmark legal battle at the Supreme Court. Credit: Scientology Press Office/PA Wire

Dressed in white and holding a white and red bouquet of flowers, the new Mrs Calcioli beamed as she emerged from the ceremony arm in arm with her new husband.

The couple pose for the waiting media after taking their vows. Credit: Scientology Press Office/PA Wire

As they walked out of the Church of Scientology in Blackfriars, London, the newlyweds were greeted by the waiting press.

UK Scientology wedding 'to pave way for other couples'

We are delighted that Louisa and Alessandro can now be married in their church in front of their family and fellow parishioners.

They have paved the way for other Scientologist couples.

We extend our congratulations to the happy couple and wish them well in their future life together.

This is an historic day for religious equality and freedom for all in the UK.

– Church of Scientology spokesman

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Scientology couple who won UK court ruling to marry

A couple who won a human rights case in the UK's highest court are due to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel in London today.

Scientologists Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli are due to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel in London today. Credit: PA

Scientologists Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli, both 25 and from East Grinstead, West Sussex, began making plans after the Supreme Court ruled that a Scientology church was a "place of meeting for religious worship".

Miss Hodkin took legal action after the registrar general of births, deaths and marriages refused to register the London Church Chapel for the solemnisation of marriages under the 1855 Places of Worship Registration Act - because it was not a place for "religious worship".

She said that she was "extremely happy" and proud that her victory had ended "inequality".