A Watlington couple spent a “crazy” 24 hours rearranging their planned wedding to beat the second national lockdown.
Jordan and Laura Leadbitter were set to marry at King’s Lynn Town Hall yesterday but their hopes were dashed after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Saturday new measures would come into force that day.
“We thought, what does that mean for us? We had to go back to the registrar and town hall on Monday,” said Mrs Leadbitter, a pharmacy technician.
“They said we might be able to get married a day earlier on the fourth. It was only 24 hours before the wedding that it was confirmed we could do it. It then went absolutely crazy.”
On Tuesday, it was all hands on deck for the couple, who have three daughters between them – their bridesmaids – Caileigh, 22, and Scarlett Cuthburt, 8, and Keira Leadbitter, 14.
Pharmacy dispenser Mr Leadbitter said: “I was at work on Tuesday, so I didn’t have much time. Work was great letting me take phone calls.”
Family members rallied to help the couple, who have both worked throughout the pandemic.
Between them, they took on the important roles such as photographer, make-up artist and hairdresser.
And Mr Leadbitter’s dad Steve stepped in to be his best man.
“Jordan’s mum was ironing the dresses at midnight, his sister did the bridesmaids’ hair and my daughter’s hairdresser was able to do mine as she had a cancellation. I only had it confirmed at 10pm the night before,” said Mrs Leadbitter.
The socially-distanced ceremony took place in the town hall under coronavirus restrictions, with no more than 15 people on Wednesday.
Mr Leadbitter said: “It was magical, the Stone Hall was beautiful, with so much history there, it was amazing. The sun shone through the window.”
After the ceremony, the couple took a tour to see their “NHS family” based at Boots pharmacies in Lynn’s High Street, at Southgates Medical Centre in Goodwins Road and also in Dersingham.
Mrs Leadbitter said: “Our colleagues were super shocked as they didn’t know we were getting married, it was amazing.
“It was so funny walking through town in my wedding dress, people were shouting congratulations.”
The family finished their “magical and intimate” day by having fish and chips at Hunstanton.
Before the pandemic, they had planned to have a big Halloween wedding with more than 200 people, which was then subsequently changed to November 5 on a much smaller scale, before having to bring it forward to beat the second lockdown.
But the couple said they would not have changed a thing and Mrs Leadbitter added: “It was really personal because everyone came together in one way or another which made it so special.”
While Mr Leadbitter added: “It was so meaningful. Going forward, it will be sentimental as there will never be a year like 2020. Everyone needs a happy story.”