Brisbane couple stranded by volcano ash cloud take wedding vows online

April 19th, 2010 - 4:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, April 19 (ANI): A couple from Brisbane were forced to exchange marriage vows online with guests watching them tie the knot over the internet - because flight cancellation following the volcanic ash cloud over Europe left them stranded in Dubai.

Although Sean Murtagh, 24, and Natalie Mead, 30, tied the knot at a civil ceremony in inner-city New Farm, Queensland, three weeks ago, Sean’s mum organised a second reception in the UK since they could not attend the wedding.

But when Sean and Natalie landed in Dubai they found that there was no connecting flight to England.

“Everyone pray to volcano gods that I can get on a plane today, or I am going to miss my wedding,” the Courier Mail quoted Natalie, as stating on her Facebook page.

But staff at the Millennium Airport Hotel came to the aid of the couple and arranged a web-video link-up in their room.

Sean said: “They have decorated the lobby of the hotel. They made us a three-tier wedding cake, set up a laptop with Skype and a projector.”

Finally Sean and Natalie exchanged marriage vows again with 80 guests watching the ceremony online from London.

Natalie posted on Facebook: “Bugger if we are going to let a little thing like a volcano stop us from getting married and sharing it with Sean’s family and friends.” (ANI)

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