Couples celebrate 11/11/11 weddings
Published 11/11/2011 | 15:06
Love and confetti were in the air as more than 50 couples chose the memorable date of 11/11/11 to tie the knot in one of the world's most famous wedding destinations.
A total of 53 couples decided to say "I do" in the Scottish Borders town of Gretna and the adjoining village of Gretna Green, with 51 weddings taking place and two civil partnerships.
Couples from as far afield as New Zealand, Canada and Germany travelled to exchange their vows in the area's seven wedding venues.
First to be declared husband and wife at the Gretna Registration Office were Rob and Lorraine Taylor, from Coventry.
The pair exchanged their rings at precisely the moment it turned 11am.
Mr Taylor, 57, said: "Everything just fell into place for us, the number on our wedding registration form was 1111 and we chose the 11th track on a CD for the ceremony music."
His new wife said: "It was all just meant to be. The date didn't have a special significance for us before, we just had it in our heads.
"We love number one, we're both very competitive and we always like to win, so having all the ones was a really good thing."
At 11.11am, another couple tied the knot. Keith and Judith Taylor, from Devon, observed the two-minute Armistice Day silence and then their wedding ceremony got under way.
Mrs Taylor explained: "The number 11 just appeals to me and I thought it would be the perfect date for us."