Redditch woman and her partner will be first to marry in Warwickshire under new same-sex marriage law

Redditch Advertiser: Melanie Elvins and Kate Barber will be married on Saturday. SP Melanie Elvins and Kate Barber will be married on Saturday. SP

A COUPLE who fell in love at Butlins are hoping for a rollercoaster free marriage as they become the first in Warwickshire to marry under new legislation which comes into force this Saturday.

Melanie Elvins, aged 32, from Redditch, and 37-year-old Kate Barber from Ellesmere Port, will be married this Saturday as the new law comes into force allowing same-sex wedding ceremonies.

They will be the first couple in Warwickshire married under the new legislation at the celebration at Alveston Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The couple will have been together six years to the day when they marry on Saturday.

Miss Elvins said: “It will be six years to the day since we first got together on Saturday. We met at Butlins where we were both working, Kate was working in Burger King and I worked on the funfair.

“We’ve been engaged now for two and a half years, so really the change in the law, and the fact that we are getting married on the first day of the new law, is a very happy coincidence.”

This Saturday marks the first day where same-sex couples can legally marry following a change in the law last year. 

Miss Elvins added: “Kate has always wanted to get married and it’s great she gets to have her big day.

“The only thing is that she’s sticking me in a frock, so that’s probably the thing I'm most nervous about.”

Melanie and Kate will be joined by more than 100 guests at the wedding on Saturday at Alveston Manor, officiated over by Warwickshire County Council’s Registration Service.

Councillor Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for customers, said: “Congratulations to Melanie and Kate for Saturday, the first of many such happy unions in Warwickshire.”

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