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Kidderminster bride makes an entrance in 40ft National Express coach
7:10am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A KIDDERMINSTER bride made it to the church on time by arriving in a specially-decorated 40ft National Express coach.
Rebecca Harvey, 29, made an entrance to her and fiancé Graham Murray’s wedding on Saturday.
Mr Murray, 30, who is a route controller for National Express, organised the 18-tonne vehicle as a surprise for his wife-to-be but had no idea that the vehicle would be decorated with a confetti design and that a message of congratulations would appear on its destination board.
He said: “I think she was quite overwhelmed. It was such a novel way of getting to the church.
"My best man who is my wife’s brother also works at National Express and he said it’d be quite cool to get a coach. I said ‘see what you can do’ but not in a million years did I expect them to go to so much trouble.
“We were over the moon. It could have been quite tacky and over the top but it was really tasteful and set the day off so well.”
The coach was also used to transport 60 guests from Bewdley to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, in Birmingham Road, and later took the party to the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) where guests enjoyed a train ride.
The train ride had a special significance for the newlyweds who first met at the railway as Mr Murray is a volunteer there.
Mr Murray added: “The whole day was just perfect. It was beautiful. Everybody at the church had gone to so much trouble decorating with railway signs and suitcases and they made us a railway cream tea.
“The SVR bent over backwards for us and let us take pictures on the engine and reserved us two carriages.”
Their reception took place at La Brasserie in Kidderminster where friends and family enjoyed an evening meal.
National Express managing director Tom Stables said: “Over the past forty years National Express has been the start of many love stories by passengers who find romance on a coach but we’ve don’t think we’ve taken a bride to her wedding before.
“We think the confetti coach is fantastic and we hope it has made the special day that little bit more special for the couple.”
The couple are currently enjoying their honeymoon in Snowdonia in Wales.
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