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Teenage sweethearts celebrate 'special' wedding reception at Barking and Dagenham College

PUBLISHED: 10:45 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:15 30 May 2017

Ashley Green and Akira Johnson first met as teenagers through a mutual friend outside the sports hall of Barking and Dagenham College one lunchtime in 2002. They got married at the college where they met. Pictured: Akira with her bridesmaids. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.

Ashley Green and Akira Johnson first met as teenagers through a mutual friend outside the sports hall of Barking and Dagenham College one lunchtime in 2002. They got married at the college where they met. Pictured: Akira with her bridesmaids. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.

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An ecstatic couple have tied the knot at the college where they first met.

Ashley Green and Akira Johnson enjoyed a special wedding reception at the Rush Green campus - where they met 15 years before. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.Ashley Green and Akira Johnson enjoyed a special wedding reception at the Rush Green campus - where they met 15 years before. Photo by Ellie Hoskins.

After making a connection at Barking and Dagenham College as teenagers, Ashley Green and Akira Johnson revisited the Rush Green campus for their wedding reception on Friday – fifteen years after a mutual friend introduced them outside a sports hall.

“It was really, really really well,” enthused Akira, now 33, who has been with Ashley, 31, ever since. “It was a very special moment for us to be back where we met.”

The pair, who live in Dagenham with their two children aged five and 11 months, enjoyed a ceremony at St Albans in Ilford before the student-curated reception at the college.

“The weather was amazing, so hot,” said the mum-of-two. “It all went so quickly, I felt so shy.”

Akira admits Ashley’s proposal at the end of the Grand Pier in Teignmouth, Devon, was “completely unexpected”.

“I think he was quite overwhelmed by the wedding,” she added. “He hadn’t been back there since we were students!”

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