Julia and Paul chose to have a civil partnership instead of getting married, saying it lets them showcase their love for each other in a “completely personal way”.

This is the first year mixed-sex couples can enter into civil partnerships – and 84,000 couples could take advantage of the new rules according to government estimates.

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