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These newlyweds have defied tradition by holding their wedding reception in the supermarket cafe where they met and fell in love.

Bride, Gill Carter, 55, graced the shopping aisles rather than the church aisle after tying the knot with Lee, 42, at Accrington Registry Office in Lancashire.

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The couple, who couldn’t afford to splash out on an expensive reception, held their celebrations at the cafe in Asda Rawtenstall – the very place where they met three years ago when Lee invited Gill to take a seat at his table because the cafe was full.

The pair, who live just minutes away and visit the store most days, was delighted when the shop offered up the cafe as a possible venue.

Staff transformed the cafe decorating it with balloons and a wedding cake and even lined up to applaud the newlyweds as they entered the store.

Gill, 55, said: “The cafe is a special place for us. The staff is lovely and we regard them as our friends.

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“When the colleagues applauded us in, it made our hearts pitter patter. It was such a lovely thing to do.

“We had a fantastic day and all of our guests really enjoyed it too. The colleagues went all out to make it special.

“It’s hard to put into words how pleased we are. It was lovely what they had done with the cafe, it looked wonderful.

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“I’ve been coming to the cafe 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 cafe it went from a spark to a flame.

“The cafe is a special place for us.”

Store worker, Anne Whitley, first suggested the cafe as a place to hold the reception after Lee and Gill told her they wanted to get married but weren’t sure they could afford it.

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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.”