Couple whose first date was on a train get married on 125mph service to Birmingham

The newlyweds beat over 150 other couples who entered the Marriage Carriage competition for an all expenses-paid high speed wedding aboard an iconic Pendolino tilting train at 125mph

A couple who went on a train journey for their first date have tied the knot onboard a service from London to Birmingham.

Laura Dale and Jane Magnet said their vows on an Avanti West Coast carriage after the operator created a special ‘marriage carriage’.

The couple walked down the very unconventional aisle on the 10.59am from Euston to Birmingham yesterday in front of their nearest and dearest.

In another unusual twist, the ceremony was performed by their train manager, Peter, a former clergyman, MyLondon reports.

The newlyweds beat more than 150 other couples who entered the Marriage Carriage competition for an all expenses-paid high speed wedding onboard an iconic Pendolino tilting train at 125mph.

A first-class wedding breakfast was also provided and the ceremony was professionally filmed.

The train remained on time throughout its journey, calling at Watford Junction, Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham International along the way.

The couple did not immediately honeymoon in the West Midlands – instead returning to Euston at 2.18pm.

The trainset, number 390141, was temporarily baptised “the I Choo Choo Choose You Train.”

Laura and Jane, who met online over their shared love of video games and ‘very silly humour’ both went loco for the idea of getting married on one of the country’s highest profile trains.

New wife Laura said: “As a huge train fan, today has been a dream come true, having Jane and our friends and family with us as we celebrated our wedding at high speed.

“Trains are a huge part of my life. The first time Jane and I met in person, we travelled on the West Coast Mainline to a video game convention in Telford, and we often travel onboard with friends to Birmingham Comic-Con.

“Jane used to travel to Birmingham New Street to see her nan, so this route has a real place in her heart, and today will forever take us to our happy place as we think back to the ceremony.”

The couple impressed the judging panel which included Jane Fry, the editor of Affinity Weddings Magazine, and an Avanti train manager with their story about why the train was so special to them.

The colourful brides’ outfits added more to the special day and accessories gave the occasion a first class feel.

The train operator sourced the finer details of the ceremony from wedding suppliers along its train route including London florist Florette Flowers.

Natasha Grice, executive director for customer experience at Avanti said: “Having Laura and Jane, two huge train fans, celebrate their dream wedding onboard an Avanti West Coast Pendolino was incredibly exciting and heart-warming.

“This wedding has been a highlight for our team and will be fondly remembered for years to come.”