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Married at first sight: Sarah Edwards, from Tunbridge Wells, marries Bumble match on Christmas Day


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Two strangers who matched on Bumble married on Christmas Day after meeting for the first time at an airport in their wedding gear - and boarded a plane to Las Vegas.

Sarah Edwards, née Elliott, 34, matched with Paul Edwards, 36, on the online dating app and within days decided to get hitched.

They matched on December 15 and exchanged messages and spoke to each other for the first time on December 22.

Sarah and Paul met in person for the first time as they flew to Las Vegas from Gatwick to get married
Sarah and Paul met in person for the first time as they flew to Las Vegas from Gatwick to get married

The loved-up couple spoke again one day later and had decided to marry - despite never meeting face-to-face.

They committed to each other and booked a wedding venue - the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

Meeting for the first time at Gatwick Airport on Christmas Eve, the duo boarded a plane in full wedding gear and jetted off to Las Vegas to get married.

Sarah Elliott and Paul Edwards met on Bumble on December 15
Sarah Elliott and Paul Edwards met on Bumble on December 15

Sarah, a nanny originally from New Zealand but lives in Tunbridge Wells said: "We instantly clicked - there was an undeniable connection.

"I feel like Paul's my best friend already.

"We're not looking at everything through rose-tinted glasses. We know it will be challenging, but we're willing to work together.

"I'm usually such a logical person, but all the rules have been thrown out.

"We've both tried to do things the traditional way before and it didn't work out for either of us.

"We get on so well and just thought: 'Why not have that commitment to actually making a marriage work from the very start?'"

Sarah Edwards, née Elliott, 34, matched with Paul Edwards, 36, online and within days decided to get hitched.
Sarah Edwards, née Elliott, 34, matched with Paul Edwards, 36, online and within days decided to get hitched.

Sarah and Paul, who works in broadcasting, met online on dating app Bumble and instantly hit it off.

She said: "I saw his profile, thought he looked nice and loved what he had written about being open and honest.

"When we matched, I sent him a message.

Sarah Elliott in her wedding dress
Sarah Elliott in her wedding dress

"I thought it was funny that his name was Paul as I currently share a house with two other people called Paul - so I said: 'I've already got two Paul's in my life, why not add a third?'

"He replied to my message saying: 'Apparently the third Paul is always the best and I don't have a Sarah in my life so I guess that would make you number one.'

"We spoke on the phone on Saturday night for two-and-a-half hours and then again on Sunday morning for an hour-and-a-half.

"Sunday evening we were chatting away on the phone and calling each other for three hours.

Sarah Elliott, 34, and Paul Edwards, 36, at their marriage in Las Vegas
Sarah Elliott, 34, and Paul Edwards, 36, at their marriage in Las Vegas

"I can't remember who brought it up, but one of us said: 'We get on so well - maybe we should get married'.

"The other one went: 'Yeah, maybe we should' and it literally spiralled from there.

"There was a moment between us where we both thought: 'We totally could do this. How amazing would it be if we got married on our first date?'

"By Monday morning - three days after we'd first started talking - we'd agreed to get married.

"We both just thought: 'Let's do this'."

Early text messages between Sarah and Paul
Early text messages between Sarah and Paul

Dad-of-two Paul, from Chichester, West Sussex, has two daughters aged 13 and 15 from a previous relationship, and is also yet to tell his children about his new wife-to-be.

Sarah has been married before, but it only lasted for six months.

The pair decided to meet for the first time at Gatwick airport on Christmas Eve, and Paul surprised Sarah with a bunch of flowers.

Sarah said: "I'd only just met him at the airport and he brought flowers and got down on one knee.

"He bought the perfect ring, it's got six diamonds on it. He's not a rich man but he knows how to treat someone."

Sarah and Paul hope to move in together when they return to the UK, however she is currently still living with her ex-partner and they are in the process of selling the house they own together.

Sarah said: "My ex and I broke up in February,

"Paul and I have tried to talk about moving in together, but it's difficult because of my current situation.

"Hopefully it'll only be a few more weeks before my house sale goes through.

"Whatever happens, we'll make it work - even if we have to rent somewhere."

The couple hope to start a family together in the future.

Sarah said: "I'm infertile so if and when we have a baby we'll need to go through IVF treatment.

"We may not be lucky enough to have children together, but it won't matter - we're enough for each other."

Over the flurry of electronic exchanges they discussed all sorts of topics, from Sarah's nationality to Paul's profession, and eventually got onto topical TV chat.

Sarah brought up Channel 4's Married at First Sight and began talking about what strengthens a relationship - a physical or emotional connection.

But Paul had never heard of the show, and when Sarah explained the concept he replied "let's get married then" less than a minute later.

Sarah said: "We've done it the normal way before, I was married and Paul went out with someone for eight years and she left him a week before the wedding.

"There's not a problem we can't overcome."

Paul added:

"We just thought we had nothing to lose.

"I know it's crazy, we met days ago and now we're married.

"If you asked me two weeks ago if I thought I would be married by now I'd have thought you were insane.

"I had doubts like any normal person would do, but this was definitely the right decision.

"It is love, I love Sarah for who she is and she loves me for who I am."

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