‘We had four days to prepare, but it was still perfect’
A Wortham couple tied the knot on Saturday in the first post-lockdown wedding ceremony to take place in Suffolk.
Tina and Huw Thomas were married at The Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds, having had just four days to prepare for their big day after being offered the date at short notice.
With the bride wearing a borrowed jacket and necklace, fixing her own hair, a friend applying her make-up and the groom sporting a shirt and trousers he had bought for general use, the couple drove themselves to the venue in their Skoda.
Tina said: “It was all so different but, if you knew me and my partner, it was perfect for us. It was like a war wedding – make do and get on with it. I hadn’t got my outfit ready until the Thursday night.
“Friends arranged a bouquet for me and another gave me a ring-bearer cushion as you couldn’t use any of the stuff at the register office.”
In the venue, they had just photographer Tia Cook and witnesses Charlie and John Jones, of Rickinghall, as well as Cathy Sawyer and Neville Styles, of Diss and Kenninghall.
The ceremony took 15 minutes and they were greeted outside by well-wishers, including sons George, 13, and Haydn, 22.
The couple, of Bury Road, who had originally planned to get married on June 16, only for the date to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, had intended to have a party for 250 people, but instead welcomed family and friends in their garden at their home, hanging the party invites which were never sent on the linen line as bunting.
Tina, 49, said: “To have July 4, when England opened up, made it feel more special than ever in the face of this pandemic.
“We ended up getting a cracking date and that’s what we will able to tell our children’s children, which is lovel