GALLERY: Whatever floats your boat! Bride and groom lead flotilla down the River Nene before March wedding

VINTAGE cars, limousines and horse and carriages are the most popular types of transport when it comes to arriving at weddings.

But one blushing bride from the Fens opted for a different approach today when she turned up for her big day... in a 57ft narrowboat.

March stopped still this lunchtime as a flotilla of 10 boats, decorated with balloons and ribbons, navigated under the town bridge and down the River Nene.

Leading the convoy was groom Dave Gard, while bride Tracey Stevens and a host of guests and friends followed in their own vessels.

The happy couple, from Floods Ferry, moored their narrowboat “Drifter” at the riverbank before hot-footing it over to March Register Office to tie the knot.

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Tracey, who changed into her wedding dress while on board, said: “We were quite overwhelmed by all the people that came out to see us arrive in the boats.

“We had a barbecue and decorated all the boats last night. We were still putting balloons on as it got dark.

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“We wanted something different and we’ll remember this for a long time. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

“We might even have had our wedding on the boat but there is a lot of health and safety involved!”

After the wedding, the couple were given a guard of honour with boat tillers before cruising out of March on a pedalo. They are celebrating with a special Hawaiian-themed party tonight.

Dave, who was sporting the unusual combination of tie, waistcoat and shorts, said: “We live on our boat and all of our friends own boats - it’s just what we do. So we thought that’s what we’ll do on our wedding day.

“When we get back to the marina there will be about 100 people ready for a Hawaiian-themed party, wearing the loudest shirts.

“It’s something different anyway!”

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