A COUPLE have thanked Warwickshire Registration Service for their “kindness, support and patience” after they got married in one of the first ceremonies in the county following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
The ceremony of Megan Lupton and David Landwehr took place on July 6, just two days after weddings could officially restart following updated government Covid-19 guidelines, at Ashton Lodge Country House in Stretton Under Fosse near Rugby.
Originally the couple had planned to marry in March but had to postpone their ceremony when lockdown restrictions were imposed.
Megan and David contacted the registrars from Rugby Registration Office and staff at Ashton Lodge Country House after their ceremony to thank them for their support over the last few months in making their wedding day a reality.
The couple said: “We credit the marriage we are able to have now, to you.
“Throughout the process, especially the ceremony, we appreciate every time you put our minds at rest, reached out to see how we were and did everything you could to make our marriage a reality.”
Speaking about the occasion, Megan said: “Honestly the wedding was the most beautiful day. Strange and sanitary, but as perfect as we could have wanted it to be.
“Having stripped away the extras, the room full of guests, photographers and wedding planners, it simply became a celebration of two people’s love for one another.”
It was a far more intimate wedding than the couple had originally planned, with just a small number of guests able to attend due to the current restrictions – but Megan and David plan to celebrate again next March with the family and friends who could not attend their wedding service.
Superintendent Registrar for Warwickshire Registration Services, Di Lampard, said: “We were delighted to enable Megan and David to say ‘I do’ at one of the first weddings in Warwickshire after lockdown – and to help ensure that it was a day they will always remember for all the right reasons.”
After the original lockdown lead to them postponing their ceremony, ensuring the marriage could now happen was not without complications.
Megan explained: “David is an American so had to apply for a visa before we could get married.
“Hearing that our wedding was cancelled was not just devastating, but a real worry for our future too. Our second date was July 1, which was also cancelled, before we were finally able to get married on July 6.”
Now happily married, Megan and David say they “cannot wait to party hard in March”.
“We are so looking forward to starting our lives together, after spending two years in a long-distance relationship,” added Megan.
“We can’t wait to do all of the things that normal couples get to do, like planning holidays and going to the cinema. Getting married was more than just our wedding, it was the start of the rest of our lives.”
County council customer spokeswoman Coun Kam Kaur was delighted couples were finally able to tie the knot again in Warwickshire.
She added: “There will have been fewer guests that usual, probably a lot less partying, and definitely a lot more social distancing than you would normally have at a wedding ceremony – but I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give all these couples a special day.”