Lorretta and Eve become first same-sex couple in the Five Valleys to tie the knot

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THE SUN shone as what is believed to be the first same sex marriage in the Five Valleys took place on Monday afternoon.

Eve Rennie and Lorretta Leggat, who live in Bath Road, Stroud, tied the knot during a ceremony at Egypt Mill in Nailsworth.

The couple, who are both 33, exchanged vows just two weeks after the first same-sex marriages took place in England and Wales.

Around 50 guests watched as the happy pair, who met 10 years ago in a pub in Grimsby, walked down the aisle.

Eve wore a traditional white halter-neck dress with a floor length train and veil while Lorretta sported a knee-length brown and cream lace dress.

Among those attending were Lorretta’s mother Tina and stepfather Michael LeFevre, from Stroud, who described it as a ‘very happy day.’ Eve, who works as a nursing assistant at Stroud General Hospital, said: “When we met 10 years ago a civil partnership wasn’t even legal so to be able to get married now is truly wonderful.”

Eve proposed to Lorretta, a support assistant at Ruskin Mill College, 18 months ago.

The pair originally planned to have a civil partnership but said the change in the law meant they could ‘upgrade’.

“To get married in our 10th anniversary year is wonderful and we couldn’t be happier,” added Eve.

The newlyweds, who will take the surname Leggat-Rennie, flew to Portugal on honeymoon the following day.

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