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Couples get married at the UK’s first wedding service

Lucie Hacq and Charles Langevin kiss after tying the knot (Image: PA)

Thousands of couples have felt the disappointment and suffering of having to postpone or cancel their wedding day because of the pandemic.

But now there is a super fast alternative for people to hitchhike in a comfortable and hassle-free way. Without leaving their cars.

Five couples tied the knot on the UK’s first transit wedding service after their big days were postponed. The couples took advantage of the drive-through, launched by the Ride-Hail app Free Now, and got married in black cabs.

Couples were nominated either by friends or by themselves and had to explain why they deserved to be selected for the novel wedding service.

Lucie Hacq and Charles Langevin, Jonny Johnson and Sara Martin, Francesca Stokes and Peter Lipton, and Fatima Bajwa and Jahanzeb Khan were among the first couples to get married across the passage.

The unique ceremonies took place in the Boundary Gardens in east London, and the couples enjoyed a quiet ceremony after exchanging vows and sealing the deal with a kiss.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY (left to right) Lucie Hacq & Charles Langevin after tying the knot at the UK's first wedding service launched by the Ride Hail app for FREE for couples having their own weddings due to the COVID-19 postponed pandemic, London.  PA photo.  Picture date: Thursday 10th September 2020. Three quarters of all planned weddings in the UK have been postponed during the coronavirus.  The hail-fighting company gives couples a paid service and 1,000 euros for a happy couple for their honeymoon.  Photo credit should read: Jonathan Hordle / PA Wire
During the coronavirus, three quarters of all planned weddings in the UK were postponed. (Image: PA)

The grooms traveled to the venue in black cabs while the brides were picked up by white private rental vehicles commissioned by Free Now.

The structure of the service is pretty simple – the happy couple arrives at a chosen location in their car to meet the celebrant and the two witnesses. The ceremonies are also very brief to ensure they comply with state restrictions.

The couple will have the option to stay in their car throughout the ceremony and the necessary paperwork will be passed through the window to be signed and approved.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Sara Martin after tying the knot on the UK's first transit wedding service launched with the Hailstones app NOW FREE for couples whose own weddings have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in London.  PA photo.  Picture date: Thursday 10th September 2020. Three quarters of all planned weddings in the UK have been postponed during the coronavirus.  The hail-fighting company gives couples a paid service and 1,000 euros for a happy couple for their honeymoon.  Photo credit should read: Jonathan Hordle / PA Wire
Sara Martin arrives at the wedding venue to meet her groom (Image: PA)

EDITORIAL USE ONLY (left to right) Fatima Bajwa and Jahanzeb Khan after tying the knot at the UK's first transit wedding service in Pandemic, London.  PA photo.  Picture date: Thursday 10th September 2020. Three quarters of all planned weddings in the UK have been postponed during the coronavirus.  The hail-fighting company gives couples a paid service and 1,000 euros for a happy couple for their honeymoon.  Photo credit should read: Jonathan Hordle / PA Wire
Fatima Bajwa and Jahanzeb Khan were another couple who were given the opportunity to host a drive-through wedding that covered all expenses (Image: PA).

But for these weddings, the couples decided to reunite by walking down the aisle where they exchanged their vows. All wedding expenses were covered by Free Now.

The couples drove side by side in their respective cars, drinking a glass of soda after their ceremony was over.

And they weren’t your average black cab, either. The vehicles were decorated with flowers and bows so that they looked wedding-ready and glamorous.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY (left to right) Francesca Stokes & Peter Lipton after tying the knot at the UK's first transit wedding service in Pandemic, London.  PA photo.  Picture date: Thursday 10th September 2020. Three quarters of all planned weddings in the UK have been postponed during the coronavirus.  The hail-fighting company gives couples a fee-based service and 1,000 euros for a happy couple for their honeymoon.  Photo credit should read: Jonathan Hordle / PA Wire
Francesca Stokes and Peter Lipton on their big day (Image: PA)

“We all know someone who was in limbo because they had to postpone their wedding because of Covid and felt their pain,” Mariusz Zabrocki, General Manager of Free Now UK told London TV.

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“And with so much fun that currently prevails at weddings, such as not being allowed to have an appropriate reception, only inviting up to 30 people and forbidding singing; We were inspired to step in and allow some lucky couples to get married in fun and unusual ways. ‘

Do you have an inspiring wedding story to tell? We want to hear from you.

Contact us: metrolifestyleteam@metro.co.uk.

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