Same-sex couple tie the knot in Bridlington

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The first same-sex couple to get married in Bridlington have spoken about their perfect wedding day.

Lauren and Samantha Saxton, 26 and 32, got married at Bridlington Town Hall on Saturday as the town basked in glorious sunshine.

Friends and family were on hand to celebrate the occasion and the reception was held at The Pavilion.

Lauren said: “The wedding was amazing we had around 20 people there I think, the children were excited the whole day.

“We went to the Pavilion afterwards and quite a lot of people, who recognised us from the article in the Free Press came over and congratulated us.”

So far there have only been three same-sex marriages in the East Riding so Lauren and Samantha are among some of the first same-sex couples in the country to tie the knot.

The couple had originally planned a civil partnership but opted to get married following a change in the law earlier this year after Lauren proposed the day before Valentines Day.

Lauren and Samantha (nee Finch) got together in Nottinghamshire four and a half years ago after getting to know each other through Facebook and now live in Bridlington with Samantha’s children Amylee, 10, and Demi , 7, from a previous relationship.

Lauren’s mum Sally said: “It was absolutely amazing, it couldn’t have gone better and it was the perfect day.

“It was very emotional. I was given a poem to read by the girls (Amylee and Demi) and I was struggling to get through it but luckily I did in the end.

“Last Easter the weather was awful but this year it was fantastic. It was mind-boggling - nothing could have gone better.”

Lauren acts as a full time carer for Samantha who suffers from back problems.

Lauren thanked James from The Pavilion who helped organise the reception.