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A marriage made in lockdown

Proud mum and DAMHA resident Sybil Mills was super excited about marriage of her daughter Alison to her fiancée Robert Sheard.

The couple had chosen 1st August 2020 as the date for their wedding which was to be held at St Paul’s Church in Waterhouses, with the reception taking place at Waterhouses Community Centre and catering provided by Ramside Hall.

Among those planning to attend the wedding were Alison’s son from her first marriage, Christopher, and her daughter Stephanie, who were flying in from their homes in Portugal and Singapore respectively.

And then disaster struck, in the shape of Covid-19!

The subsequent Government lock-down threw everything up in the air and as the months dragged on, it became clear that the large wedding Alison and Robert had planned with 70 guests was unfortunately not going to happen.

Then, they were given a glimmer of hope when it was announced that wedding receptions of up to 30 people would be allowed from 1st August. This was also the day that Sybil would no longer have to shield, so it seemed like everything was falling into place again, even if it would be a smaller occasion.

However less than 24 hours before restrictions were supposed to be lifted, the Government did a U-turn and said wedding receptions of 30 people would no longer be allowed.

This led to a quick change of plan. Alison left from her mum’s DAMHA home and the wedding service went ahead in the church with 30 guests respecting social distancing and everyone then went outside for canapes, champagne, speeches and to cut the cake. Fourteen immediate family members then went to the garden of Alison’s sister, Julie, for a socially distanced wedding reception.

Whilst travel restrictions meant Stephanie could not travel from Singapore, she still got dressed up in her bridesmaid dress for the occasion and had a celebration with friends in her home. Luckily, as Christopher is a key worker, he was still able to travel from Portugal to give his mum away.

Sybil said: “Alison looked beautiful and whilst it would have been even more perfect if Stephanie and other guests could have been present, despite everything, it was still a very special day.”