Inside one of the first social distance weddings in the UK with separate hand sanitizer and pens

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Fascinating photos capture arrangements inside a church thoroughly cleaned during one of the first remote British weddings.Heather McLaren, 28, and Tom Hall, 29, could only invite their closest friends and family, who were two yards apart, to watch the couple get married yesterday .

A hand sanitizer was distributed to guests and the couple’s witnesses had to sign the register at St George’s Church in Leeds with separate pens.

But Heather and Tom finally married, almost four months after their first intention to marry.



The ceremony was limited to 30 guests and very different from how the couple were able to plan.

Their original plans – a lavish ceremony in front of more than 120 guests at the Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh – had to be deleted because they were scheduled for closing days in March.

Speaking from their home in Leeds, the Christian faithful said: “It was not what we planned but it was completely unique and really special. I know everyone’s wedding day is memorable, but this one is particularly memorable. ”

Indeed, photos show around thirty guests wearing masks in the church. Each seat in the building had a name tag on the back to prevent people from sitting where others had sat.



Guests wearing face masks take a selfie at the wedding



Social distance from guests while waiting for the start of the ceremony

Adhesive tape was placed on the floor to help clients also comply with social distancing measures.

Heather, a doctoral student, said, “’Everyone in the church has been so wonderful.

“They thoroughly cleaned up the church and installed a webcam so other friends and family could watch from their homes. ”

Rector Lizzy Woolf, who officiated at the wedding, left notes on the register to indicate where each person had to sign because they could not stand next to them.

The singing was not allowed, added the rector.

Heather and Tom are now planning a honeymoon getaway in the Lake District in October and will be hosting a party for all of their other guests next year.

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