A BRIDE and groom who knew each other was ‘the one’ from their six-hour-long first date have tied the knot.

Jenna Louise Gorley, 32, and Michael Ousby, 35, an electrician, first locked eyes in the hairdressers before exchanging messages online.

After a couple of texts and calls, the smitten pair went on their first date - which lasted six hours.

Mrs Ousby, from Flimby who works as a customer service adviser at United Utilities, said: “We seemed to like the same things and had loads in common.

“He was so lovely and friendly and really sweet, especially when he was telling me about his little girl who was three at the time. The conversation flowed and there was absolutely no awkwardness or first date nerves. I was sure he was the one for me.”

Mr Ousby popped the question in October 2017 in Keswick.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the couple were able to tie the knot on their original wedding date of October 10 at Broadoaks Country House Hotel in Troutbeck, in front of just 13 guests including Mr Ousby’s daughter Robyn and their little girl Ada.

However, the couple was forced to make some changes to their special day.

“We did have to make changes from the guest lists and numbers we were allowed,” Mrs Ousby said.

“Just as we thought we we were sorted with something, things seemed to change again or a new rule would come in to place.

“The whole experience of planning and sorting a wedding in these times has been very strange and we didn’t get to do some of the traditional things we may have if Covid wasn’t around. We would have definitely had more of our loved ones there with us, although we did have the ceremony broadcast via video link.”

Regardless of these changes, Mrs Ousby said the wedding was ‘amazing’ from start to finish.

She said: “Having reduced numbers made it that little bit more intimate and meant we could spend some time with all our guests.

“We had a banquet style table for our wedding breakfast. The speeches were lovely but very emotional and included a recording from Mike’s brother in America and from our five-year-old nephew Albert.

“As we had exclusive use of Broadoaks, after our meal, the cake cutting and first dance we had sparklers with the children in front of the fountain.

"Everyone then made their way inside where we continued the evening, sitting in the bar and music room until late, singing, eating wedding cake and having drinks.

"It was the perfect way to end the day.”

For their ‘minimoon’ the pair spent one night in Low Wood in Windermere.