Coronavirus: Widnes couple say “yes” after midnight

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The couple declared their vows under the pergola of the garden of peace at the town hall of Runcorn


A couple would be the first to say “yes” in England after the relaxation of virus restrictions.

Newlyweds Louise Arnold and Jennifer Wilson, both 22, married at 12:01 a.m.BST in Runcorn Town Hall Park in Cheshire in front of 16 guests.

Those who were unable to attend the ceremony, including family and friends in Australia and New Zealand, always wore their wedding attire to watch online

“It’s hard to put into words what it means to us,” said Wilson.

The couple, who had been hired for three years, had canceled their previous plans because the travel restrictions meant that Ms. Wilson’s family in Australia could not attend.

“Last week the registrar rang and asked if we wanted to be the first couple in the UK to get married after the lockout and we just said yes,” said working Wilson as a senior assistant in dementia throughout the pandemic.

“We both work normally at night so the weather was fine. “

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Plans for a reception with 120 guests have been postponed until next year


Mrs. Arnold, who works for the truck company Eddie Stobart, added: “With the month of pride just past, it seemed like something we really couldn’t let go of.

“Not just for us, but for other LGBT people who couldn’t come together to celebrate pride. ”

Widnes’ couple had just over a week to prepare for the rearranged wedding.

Child lovers met eight years ago while Mrs. Arnold was on vacation in New Zealand, where Mrs. Wilson lived.

She added, “I think everyone is thrilled to be able to celebrate something positive after the past few months. ”

Registration director Andrew Lucas said he was “delighted to help Louise and Jennifer say” yes “to what we think will be the first marriage after the close time.”

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