Spur of the moment Las Vegas wedding for Gloucestershire couple
AFTER 16 years of being engaged, you might think any sense of spontaneity had long since left the building.
But Cinderford couple Lee Edwards and Michelle Goodall proved the doubters wrong by tying the knot in true American style – out of the blue on holiday in Las Vegas.
Their nuptials were streamed live online from the Shalimar Chapel for delighted friends and family to watch at the weekend, and they are gearing up for a rapturous response when they fly home this Saturday.
Lee and Michelle, both 33, headed to the gambling capital of the world in Nevada with their two boys, Harvey, nine, and Declan, six, as well as Lee's mum Denise and grandmother Ella, 84.
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It was intended to be a visit to see Lee's sister Nicola, who lives there and also got married in Las Vegas.
But it turned into much more.
"We'd had a good night in the casino and won about $1,700," said Michelle, a waitress at Cinderford's Cantonese Lotus restaurant.
"Lee decided we should go for it – it took a few goes to talk me into it.
"My family weren't too disappointed, they were really pleased for us and they all watched it online," said Michelle. "I'd never really dreamt of a great big wedding, just so long as we actually did it one day.
The newlyweds first met as classmates at Heywood School – now the Forest E-Act Academy – in Cinderford, but romance didn't blossom until after their school years.
Lee, who works at Quickmach Engineering in Cinderford, said: "I went on a darts tour to Butlins and came back with Michelle, that was the start of it.
"I was never bothered about getting married in England particularly so I just thought we should go for it."