Gay couple’s Vegas-style wedding - in Barnsley

The wedding of Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice at Billingley Village Hall. They are pictured with their twin sons Levi and Lucas and dancing girls which greeted the guests on arrival.

The wedding of Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice at Billingley Village Hall. They are pictured with their twin sons Levi and Lucas and dancing girls which greeted the guests on arrival.

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A couple who challenged the Government over their right to marry last year have finally wed.

Choirs and plumed dancing girls welcomed guests to the joyful wedding celebrations of Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice, of Thurnscoe.

The ecstatic couple held their twin adopted sons Levi and Lucas during a ceremony at Barnsley Register Office, when their vows were ‘tweaked’ to include the boys, who handed them their rings. The family then hosted a sparkling reception at Billingley Hall.

Their wide smiles said it all as they rolled up to join their guests at Billingley in the van from the A-Team television series. They were greeted with loud cheers and applause.

The couple, in civil partnership for eight years, had hoped to marry on March 31 last year when gay marriage first became legal. But a lack of suitable legislation would have required them to dissolve their civil partnership first.

Family lawyers from Irwin Mitchell supported the men as they challenged the government to speed up legislation. Conversions from civil partnerships to marriage finally became legal in December 2014.

Following their special day attended by scores of family and friends, Paul, 37, said: “It was simply fab...the best day ever and so emotional.

“The day was so special and certainly added to our memory box! But it was all those that came and shared the day with us, that made it special. It had lots of tear jerk moments. We were so proud of our boys.”

The Atwal-Brices adopted their twin sons (now nine) as two-year olds. Both have conditions of autism and epilepsy and many of their young friends and families were included in the celebrations on Saturday.

A huge tiered wedding cake was chocolate orange champagne with strawberries, crafted by the Mini Couture cake company.

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