couple tie the knot in runaway Gretna Green wedding!
Burnham-On-Sea couple have tied the knot in a spur-of-the-moment
wedding at Scotland's legendary Gretna Green.
and Rebecca Jones (nee Tipton) told their family and friends they
were going away for a quiet week's holiday in Cornwall, but instead
they travelled north and exchanged their vows in the romantic
Scottish border village.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Having decided we'd get married,
we wanted to do something very special and Gretna Green had to
told everyone we were going away to Cornwall on holiday, but changed
the plans and had a wonderful wedding instead!"
family and friends at the ceremony, the couple turned to a traffic
warden and a police officer to be their official witnesses.
added: "It was a very romantic wedding in a wonderful location
- definitely a very memorable day!"
Green is famous for being the site of thousands of runaway weddings
over the years. It
was historically the first village in Scotland, following the
old coaching route from London to Edinburgh.
runaway marriages started in 1753 when an Act of Parliament was
passed in England, which stated that if both parties to a marriage
were not at least 21 years old, then consent to the marriage had
to be given by the parents. However, this Act did not apply in
Scotland, where it was possible for boys to get married at 14
and girls at 12 years old with or without parental consent.
are Gary and Rebecca Jones at their surprise wedding in Gretna