Pair tie knot on 'perfect' 10/10/10
Published 10/10/2010 | 16:19
A couple have tied the knot today hoping the date of 10/10/10 will bring them good luck.
According to Chinese tradition, the symmetry of the date means the day is "perfect".
Ngaryan Li, 28, and Steven Higham, 26, from Lowton, Lancashire, got married at Manchester Register Office, which opened specially this Sunday for a handful of services.
Speaking moments after the ceremony, the bride said: "It's a Chinese tradition that a set of tens is perfect and I don't think that we could have got a more perfect day to get married. Even the weather is good."
The couple, who both work in law, have been planning their big day for over a year after getting engaged two-and-a-half years ago.
She added: "It's a tradition all over the world. I've heard in Hong Kong people booked quite a few years in advance, so we are really lucky."
Ms Li wore a traditional white dress and veil, a sparkling tiara and a pearl necklace and earrings. She carried a bouquet of pink roses and cream lilies. Mr Higham wore a grey suit, cream waistcoat and a crimson tie.
The 15-minute ceremony, which was attended by the pair's families and friends, ended with applause as the happy couple kissed each other.
Manchester Register Office opened for only the third time on a Sunday since it was established in 1837.
Steve Wilson, who led the ceremony, said: "We're not normally open on a Sunday, but obviously it's a special day and we like to try to cater to the community of Manchester."