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Couple stranded by volcano take vows online

A British-Australian couple's wedding guests watched them take their vows over the Internet after the volcanic ash cloud disrupting European flights left them stranded in Dubai.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2010 09:05 IST

A British-Australian couple's wedding guests watched them take their vows over the Internet after the volcanic ash cloud disrupting European flights left them stranded in Dubai.

Sean Murtagh, 24, from west London, and his new wife Natalie, a 30-year-old Australian, were married at a civil wedding in Brisbane three weeks ago.

But they also planned a ceremony for family and friends in Ealing, west London.

Flying back from their home in the Queensland capital for the ceremony however, they found themselves stuck when they changed planes in Dubai on Thursday.

But staff at their airport hotel helped them take their vows over the web.

"They have decorated the lobby of the hotel. They made us a three-tier wedding cake, set up a laptop with Skype and a projector," Sean Murtagh said.

"It's spellbinding the amount they have done for us.

"It's been an incredible day. We were never going to forget it anyway but we certainly won't forget it now."

The groom even borrowed his smart shirt and trousers while the bride wore a dress she had in her luggage.

Caroline Black, who conducted the online ceremony from London, said: "It was just like any other wedding except the bride and groom weren't there."