Next stop honeymoon after pair’s bus wedding

HAPPY DAY Martin, left, and Stephanie Allaway with their church leader, Colin Dyer next to the Eclipse bus
HAPPY DAY Martin, left, and Stephanie Allaway with their church leader, Colin Dyer next to the Eclipse bus
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AN IMPORTANT day needs something to make it stand out from the crowd.

And that is precisely what Martin, 37, and Stephanie Allaway did when they hired a bus to take them from their wedding to the reception.

The pair, of Lyndbergh Close in Rowner, Gosport, tied the knot on Saturday – four years to the day after they met on June 1, 2009.

Around 25 guests piled on a specially-hired bus from the Alverstoke Evangelical Church ceremony at Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Alverstoke, going to the reception at Bridgemary Centre, in Brewers Lane, Bridgemary.

Stephanie said it was Martin’s son Josh, nine, a Year 4 pupil at Holbrook Junior School, who suggested the novel idea.

Stephanie, 29, said: ‘Josh asked me and his dad and we thought “why not, that’s amazing, what a great idea.”

‘He loves them so much and asked if we’d be able to use one for the wedding.

‘It was amazing, absolutely awesome, just something different – and that’s how we get around, we don’t drive.’

They had hired a First Bus Eclipse bus, used on the Bus Rapid Transit Scheme, which runs from Fareham station to Gosport station.

Martin’s dad was a bus driver and he has fond memories of riding the bus with him.

He now works as a computer repairer and said he is not a bus fanatic but does like the mode of transport.

He said: ‘I do enjoy travelling around on them.

‘It was good to have all the family sat together on the bus.

‘It was special, it was good to show my love for Stephanie by marrying her.

‘The church we go to – they’re really good people, and I wanted to show them how much I love her and my family of course.’

The pair have already arrived at their next stop, the Isle of Wight, where they will be on honeymoon until Friday.

They met on a dating application on Facebook four years ago. Planning for the wedding started last year, with a register office service on Friday ahead of Saturday’s blessing ceremony.