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Valentine's Day: First person from Turkmenistan gets married in Kent

Last Valentine's Day Michael Wing-King asked the love of his life Emma Tagiyeva to be his wife.

Exactly one year on the couple has tied the knot in Rochester in a record-breaking ceremony because Emma is the first woman from Turkmenistan to get married in the county.

Emma was told she's the first Turkmenistan woman to get married in Kent
Emma was told she's the first Turkmenistan woman to get married in Kent

They had met previously but didn't start dating until they were re-united by an online dating site.

Emma, 38, moved to the UK from central Asia and started work as a care worker.

Michael, 53, said: "We met two years beforehand but didn't start seeing each other until we matched on an online dating site.

"We were told when giving our notice at Maidstone that Emma was the first ever person from Turkmenistan to marry in Kent.

"When we found out we weren't expecting it all and were really surprised."

Michael proposed to Emma on Valentine's Day last year
Michael proposed to Emma on Valentine's Day last year

But it's back to normal on Monday for account manager Michael when he goes straight back to work.

The ceremony was held at the Medway Register Office on Corporation Street and the couple – who live in the town – then travelled to Rochester Castle for wedding photos.

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