Most hacks are happy with getting a free holiday and some hotel
bubble bath from a press trip, but not Guardian political correspondent
Rebecca Smithers and picture editor Eamonn McCabe.
On their Le Meridien Holidays beano to Manhattan last week, along with
taking in an off-Broadway show and dinner in SoHo, they managed to cram in
a quick trip to New York City Hall - emerging as man and wife.
Yasmin Sethna, public relations manager for Le Meridien, tells me that
this particular media event had no pre-publicity.
’We were on the way back to the airport in the limo,’ she confides. ’When
Rebecca said: ’Eamonn and I got married this afternoon,’ we all squealed
and broke open a bottle of champagne. Luckily we had some ice in the
’She’d had no pre-warning, either. We teased her about doing it on the
cheap: they bought their rings at Tiffany’s but she took her flowers out
of a vase in the hotel room.’