MORE than 150 wedding guests were up on the floor dancing all night.

Kendal-based newlyweds Emma Gibson, who works for the NHS, married Wayne Dixon, an ex-soldier who now works at Burneside paper mill  James Cropper.

The couple's first 'proper' date was in Paris when Wayne asked Emma to go to watch a rugby game with him to which she said yes.

"I was going to ask Emma to marry me in Portugal on a beach but Covid spoiled things," said Wayne.

"We managed to get away to Newcastle and I asked Emma in the middle of the Millennium footbridge on a bended knee if she wanted to marry me."

The pair got married at St Mary’s church in Crosthwaite on August 18, followed by the reception at The Villa at Levens with 165 people attending the ceremony.

"The day was long and busy but magical," said Wayne.

"It was fantastic at the church having so many of our family and friends there to help us celebrate, followed by a lovely reception.

"Our kids loved it and for us to finally make that commitment to each other was great - we all danced the day away."

The newlyweds managed to get away for a 'kidultmoon' with their kids to Butlins for five days.

Wayne said: "It was fantastic but for our real honeymoon we had four days in Belfast, relaxing, listening to live music in the local pubs and overindulging in nice food.

"We would just like to thank our parents for supporting us throughout as without them I don’t think it would have all been possible."