Last couple to marry before coronavirus lockdown get wed ‘by the skin of their teeth’ hours before Boris announced ban – The Sun

THE last couple to tie the knot before the lockdown yesterday revealed: "We got wed by the skin of our teeth."

Jamie and Natalie Speight, of Leeds, West Yorks, were originally due to get married on April 4.

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But IT technician Jamie, 31, had a feeling it would be cancelled so called his local vicar to rebook.

Jamie and Natalie, 29, got hitched at 4.30pm on Monday – precisely four hours before PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation and shutdown the country.

Last night, thrilled Jamie told The Sun: "We were originally going to get married with 170 guests.

"But I just had a feeling at the back end of last week that it wouldn't happen because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We contacted the vicar and asked him if we could bring it forward. The only time slot he had was Monday.

"I didn't care how many people were there or what day or time. I just wanted to marry Natalie."

Only six guests were permitted to attend the ceremony – the bride and groom's parents and two witnesses.

After the service at Immaculate Heart of Mary church on Harrogate Road they had a reception at Natalie's parents' home.

I didn't care how many people were there or what day or time. I just wanted to marry Natalie.

Jamie added: "The church closed at 6pm. It was a mad scramble but we did it by the skin of our teeth.

"We then watched Boris address the nation – and my heart skipped a beat when he said all weddings would now be cancelled.

"Had we not rebooked the chances are we would not have been getting married until next year.

"It still felt special because it was our day.

"We are almost certainly the last couple to get married before the lockdown was announced."

The couple, who met in August 2018 and got engaged four months later, planned to honeymoon at Disneyland Paris but cancelled the trip.


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