Last minute decision sees couple enjoy a memorable white Christmas
After having to reschedule their wedding three times, a couple finally tied the knot after being offered a last-minute opportunity to marry on Christmas Eve.
After a year like no other, Sophie and Mathew Middleton were set to marry in St Mary’s Church in Redenhall on Wednesday.
But with the announcement of tier four restrictions coming into effect from Boxing Day, the Harleston couple’s patience finally snapped.
“As soon as we knew we were going into tier four after Christmas, I phoned the rector to see if he could do anything to help us,” said 23-year-old Mrs Middleton.
“He offered us Christmas Eve and, as Mathew had proposed on Christmas Eve the previous year, it seemed perfect.”
Having first met in school, the couple hit it off when Mr Middleton came to work for the family business, Pepperell’s Meats, and had been together for five years before deciding to tie the knot.
“We originally planned to get married on May 8, and had to reschedule three times during the year,” said Mrs Middleton. “We were getting fed up.
“We decided at 9.30pm that we would get married the next day.
“We both work for my parents’ family butchers business and we had hundreds of orders for what was our busiest Christmas ever.”
“We worked until 2am to get ahead on our work, then worked until early afternoon on the day of our wedding just to get everything finished.”
Along with the challenges of work, the couple also had to navigate their way through a flooded church car park.
“It was a busy day, and not exactly traditional in how it panned out, but it was lovely. It couldn’t have been more special,” said Mrs Middleton.
“When we got home from the wedding, everything was just like the day we got engaged, with the lights, the Christmas tree and the decorations everywhere.”