A Wearside couple will say “I do” for the first time - despite being married for a decade.
Christopher and Kristian Davison made history ten years ago when they were among the first gay couple in England and Wales to take their vows in front of a registrar at Sunderland Civic Centre.
They were among 700 same sex couples married on the day the then new civil partnership legislation came into force on December 21, 2005.
Now, ten years to the day, the couple will celebrate for the second time by having a full wedding ceremony at Lumley Castle Hotel.
And, because the law states that a couple who move from a civil partnership to a marriage have their relationship status ‘backdated’ - it means the couple will actually be celebrating their 10th anniversary on the day they are wed.
Kristian, 38 and 44-year-old Christopher, from Penshaw, Sunderland, originally had a simple ceremony.
However, this time they will tie the knot in front of 84 family members and friends in Lumley Castle Hotel’s Scarborough Room before sitting down to a formal breakfast in the Baron’s Hall.
Throughout the day there will be live entertainment from an illusionist and later they will be joined by a further 50 guests for an evening reception.
Christopher said: “It really means a great deal to Kristian and me that we will finally be married, especially as the ceremony will, technically, be on our 10th wedding anniversary.
“We’ve put a lot of thought into planning the day and hope it will be a lovely and memorable event for all our friends and family.”
Nola Collinson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Lumley Castle, said: “Lumley Castle has long been one of the region’s best loved wedding venues and we are delighted Christopher and Kristian have chosen to hold their wedding with us.
“We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure they have a day to remember.”