Felsham newlyweds praise community for 'magical' Christmas Day wedding after ceremony threatened by Covid-19 restrictions
A couple have praised a community for pulling out all the stops for their ‘magical’ Christmas Day wedding after their big day was nearly cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.
Tracey and Mark Fisher, of Felsham, were due to marry on Boxing Day at St Peter’s Church in the village but their plans were threatened when Suffolk was plunged into Tier 4 regulations.
Reverend Canon Sharon Potter offered to bring the wedding forward to Christmas Day and the community rallied together to help the couple, who moved to Suffolk last August.
Tracey said: “We rang round a few of our friends in the village and everyone rearranged their Christmas plans so they could attend.”
One of the guests, who had already provided the flowers and button holes, gave time on Christmas Eve to recreate bouquets from the redundant table decorations due to the formal reception having to be cancelled.
As their photographer couldn’t rearrange at the last minute, they issued an appeal on Facebook and Felsham resident Matthew Holdcroft put his Christmas dinner back an hour and took pictures for them for free.
And when the couple walked out the church as newlyweds, they were treated to the sight of a white Christmas.
“There was snow everywhere,” Tracey said. “Friends in the village had clubbed together to organise a snow machine to make it a magical Christmas Day wedding.”
The Six Bells pub also produced a personal billboard.
Tracey and Mark, both 55, who have been together for 10 years, relocated to Suffolk from Northamptonshire and are renting a property in Felsham while they await completion of the purchase of a property in Gedding.
We can’t believe the generosity and the community support - Tracey Fisher
When they heard the Tier 4 announcement, Tracey said their ‘hearts sank’ and they had picked the date as her parents were married on Boxing Day.
They thanked the community including Gwen Own, Lynn and Phil Martin, Pat Clarke and Dennis Shaw and Lesley Di Cioccio.
Tracey said: “We can’t believe the generosity and the community support.”