Snow-struck wedding rescued by church

PUBLISHED: 10:01 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A RELIEVED Congresbury couple had a hastily-arranged wedding in the village on Sunday after their dream Scottish ceremony fell through due to the snow.

A RELIEVED Congresbury couple had a hastily-arranged wedding in the village on Sunday after their dream Scottish ceremony fell through due to the snow.

Disappointed Martin Baker and Terese Carruthers thought the chance of a wedding that was months in the making was gone when they could not fly to Inverness last Wednesday.

But quick-thinking diocesan chiefs sprung into action and arranged an emergency licence for the Brinsea Road pair to tie the knot at St Andrews Church.

Martin, a 40-year-old head chef, said: "The church has done really well to help us get married so quickly and we are so grateful for everybody's help.

"It's amazing how things have been done because we were so close to losing out on our big day."

The pair had village vicar Rev Matthew Thomson to thank for organising the big day.

He sorted out a Bishop's Licence and made sure the legal issues were sorted out in just three working days to ensure Martin and Terese, front of house supervisor at the Ship and Castle, were not disappointed.

Their original plan was for a ceremony in Scotland, where Martin's late mum lived, and a blessing in the village.

But Rev Thomson's actions meant their respective families were able to attend to full ceremony.

He said: "They are a lovely couple and I am honoured to be able to help them.

"It is a real privilege."

Terese said: "Now the blessing becomes the marriage thanks to Matthew who has been absolutely brilliant.

"Everyone has been so helpful.

"It does mean that we will have our family and friends around us for the actual wedding."

Yesterday (Wed) the pair, who have a three-year-old son, Courtney-Anton, were due to jet off for a honeymoon in Fuerteventura.

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