Love was in the air at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester as the first couple exchanged vows in the historic courtroom.

Deborah and Andrew Cox and their guests got into the courtroom setting theme – Andrew even wore mock chains and handcuffs as he came into the courtroom. The couple were charged by a ‘Judge’ with a ‘serious case of living in sin’ and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives together! 60 guests attended the ceremony in the Georgian courtroom on February 2nd, some even entering the witness box to speak on behalf of the couple before the Judge.

Mr and Mrs Cox, who are the first couple to celebrate at Shire Hall since the Georgian Courthouse was restored in 2018 said: “The Shire Hall was the perfect venue for our special day. The courthouse setting was beautiful and romantic. The reception was wonderful; the staff, the food and the entertainment exceeded both of our expectations. A truly unique and wonderful place to make our special day such a memorable occasion.”

Events and catering supervisor Kirsty Campbell said: “All the staff feel very honoured to have played a part in Deborah and Andrew’s Big Day. We were delighted to help, and we’re so pleased they had a wonderful day. We’d like to send our biggest congratulations and best wishes for their new life together. We hope they will be the first of many couples who celebrate with us.”

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