Laura & Craig married during lockdown, on the 1st August 2020. at St Chad’s Church, Poulton-le-Fylde
Laura tells us their story:
St Chad’s is my local church and I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else (plus my mum made me promise I’d get married there when I was younger). It is such a beautiful church. Fingers crossed we are able to have our celebrations in April 2021 though, at The Out Barn in Waddington near Clitheroe – another stunning venue, and the first venue I spotted on the internet on the day we got engaged.
We honestly loved all of the wedding planning process – until Covid19 appeared. I had visited lots of wedding fairs with my Mum and with Craig (when I promised to drive so he could have a drink!). My mum and I made so many memories planning things. My favourite memory was probably my dress shopping – I’ve saved my main wedding dress for our wedding celebration, so I ended up with two dresses. Craig loved the food tasting and Mum loved our chats with the florists. But honestly, we lost our excitement during lockdown, just because of all the uncertainty.
Covid affected our wedding day in so many ways. We were only allowed 30 guests in the church and had to postpone our reception to 2021. We did have a wine bar booked for our 30 guests post-ceremony (1st August was the first day this would have been allowed) however Boris’ wedding gift to us was to cancel this the day before! We also had to postpone our Singapore and Bali honeymoon. We got there in the end though and it was so worth it. If anything, it felt like the day we were supposed to have had all along.
There were so many specific events from the day that really stood out for us, and although it wasn’t quite how we originally planned, the fact that it was intimate and personal ended up making it all the more special. Seeing everyone outside the church blew us away. Saying our vows to each other was another memory we’ll treasure. Being able to spend time just the two of us and time with our parents was very special – on a busy wedding day we may have missed that opportunity.
We think our friends and family enjoyed the day and loved seeing us say ‘I Do’ – there were times in lockdown when we didn’t think we were going to be able to. We just wanted everything to feel chilled and everyone to smile and celebrate. We know we are so lucky that we were able to get married when we did and our day was genuinely perfect for us.
Fingers crossed for our celebrations in April 2021 at The Out Barn. Two weddings is definitely the way forward!
Many thanks to:
MUA: Lisa – https://myblusch.co/
(unfortunately last minute Covid restrictions meant Lisa couldn’t come to do our make up, but she did a brilliant Zoom call with me the night before and went through everything in my make up bag – an absolute saviour!)
Hair: Kirsty Rawcliffe