IT was precisely 4.06pm when Simon Garrick and Kelly Goudie were declared husband and wife – and stepped into history.
The couple, of North Drive, Anchorsholme, yesterday became the first to tie the knot at Blackpool’s £2.7m wedding chapel.
Watched by family and friends, they exchanged vows in front of The Tower – and shared their first kiss just as the Illuminations were switched on to mark the special occasion.
Then it was out on to a balcony overlooking the Irish Sea to release two baskets of doves into the dusky skies.
Afterwards IT analyst Kelly, 32, and offshore technician Simon, 33, described it as their perfect day.
Simon said: “We’re both Blackpool born and bred so to be the first to marry here has made our special day even more amazing.
“The building is wonderful and I would say to any couple planning to get married, come and have a look at it. It is magical with The Tower just in front of you.”
Kelly said: “To have our names first in the register and be part of the history of Blackpool, the town we love so much, is just wonderful.
“We know many more happy couples are going to be following us and we’d like to say best wishes to all of them.”
Kelly and Simon’s five-year-old daughter Hallie, a pupil at Anchorsholme Junior School, was among the bridesmaids at the ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the Sands venue, also on the Promenade.
The service was conducted by Blackpool’s superintendent registrar David Hill – one of his last duties before his retirement after 40 years.
He said: “I am relieved the first ceremony went so well and now we are looking forward to many more ceremonies to come.
“We have just over 130 booked in and we’re expecting many more.”