HUNDREDS gathered at an Ealing church to attend the wedding of a local minister to a vicar.
Reverend Dr Jennifer Smith, minister of the Ealing Green Methodist and United Reformed Church, tied the knot with Reverend Dr Keith Riglin, of St Clement Notting Dale and St James Norland, last weekend in front of more than 300 family and friends.
But as the bride and groom exchanged their vows, a number of guests were sorely
missed, including the couple's brothers, who could not make it to the wedding, as volcanic ash stopped them flying into the UK.
Jennifer, who is originally from the US and has been based at the Ealing church since last September, said: "The wedding was absolutely brilliant - it was the perfect day. The church was full and bursting except the fact that there were a variety of friends and family that couldn't make it."
The couple asked for donations instead of wedding gifts to support two of their chosen
charities, the Uzuakoli Group who support leprosy and Agona Asafo who run community projects in Royal Ghana.
Jennifer added: "We were thrilled by the donations made, and it was really nice as we were able to raise £2,500 for our charities."
Once the party was over the couple were forced to postpone their honeymoon to Maine, in the US, but remained in good spirits, as they helped family and friends find out the latest information on flying back to the States.