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Couple among the first to have after-marriage ‘loved every second’

A couple who were among the first to get married in England since the closure began revealing that they enjoyed their party ‘every second’.

Sarah Williams and Richard Cunningham, both 39, of Staffordshire, tied the knot on Saturday after years of planning the day, at a party with no bells, no singing, and just 25 guests.

Guests at post-closing weddings should avoid singing unless they are behind a screen, do not consume food or drinks, and up to 30 people are allowed, who must maintain social distance measures.

When they appeared on Good Morning Britain, the newlyweds revealed that they had to use a hand sanitizer before exchanging rings, and had their first dance in a local pub garden – but Sarah could still be walked around the island by her father.

Sarah Williams and Richard Cunningham (pictured), both 39, from Staffordshire, tied the knot on Saturday

Sarah Williams and Richard Cunningham (pictured), both 39, from Staffordshire, tied the knot on Saturday

The newlyweds appeared on Good Morning Britain and revealed that they had to use a hand sanitizer before exchanging rings during their wedding after closure

The newlyweds appeared on Good Morning Britain and revealed that they had to use a hand sanitizer before exchanging rings during their wedding after closure

The newlyweds appeared on Good Morning Britain and revealed that they had to use a hand sanitizer before exchanging rings during their wedding after closure

Sarah said, “It was fantastic, it was really good, we loved every second of it. We had music, but no singing.

“It was really fun. We had all our flowers, we had fewer guests, but all our close friends and family. ‘

She went on to explain that the wedding actually felt less stressful because there were so few people

“It was so relaxed because there were so few people,” said Sarah. Everyone was so supportive. We have been going to church for the past two years.

The couple had their first dance in a local pub garden - but Sarah was still able to walk down the island from her father

The couple had their first dance in a local pub garden - but Sarah was still able to walk down the island from her father

The couple had their first dance in a local pub garden – but Sarah was still able to walk down the island from her father

The couple originally planned to have 150 guests in total, but had to cut their list to just 25

The couple originally planned to have 150 guests in total, but had to cut their list to just 25

The couple originally planned to have 150 guests in total, but had to cut their list to just 25

“And it was all very good, the flowers were fantastic, the cake was amazing. We had the music, we didn’t have the clocks, but we had a fantastic time. ‘

The couple originally planned to have a total of 150 guests, but had to limit their list to just 25 – excluding their photographer, videographer and vicar.

However, Sarah could be walked across the island by her dad who is in her social bubble.

Sarah said, “You can be in church for a total of 30, but we had the photographer and videographer, the pastor. It was mainly the wedding party and some close friends. ‘

She continued, “My dad was able to walk me around the island because he was in my bubble, the size of my dress meant we automatically took social distance.”

Sarah and Richard were among the first to get married in England since the closure began saying 'they no longer wanted to put it off'

Sarah and Richard were among the first to get married in England since the closure began saying 'they no longer wanted to put it off'

Sarah and Richard were among the first to get married in England since the closure began saying ‘they no longer wanted to put it off’

The couple planned to travel to San Francisco before taking a cruise around Hawaii and Polynesia and then spending a few days in Bora Bora, but their trip was canceled

The couple planned to travel to San Francisco before taking a cruise around Hawaii and Polynesia and then spending a few days in Bora Bora, but their trip was canceled

The couple planned to travel to San Francisco before taking a cruise around Hawaii and Polynesia and then spending a few days in Bora Bora, but their trip was canceled

When Richard asked if they should wash their hands before changing their rings, Richard explained, “We used hand sanitizer, we had a pump bottle next to us, and we used that before we changed rings.”

Sarah added, “We couldn’t really put the ring on, so we used it to get the ring on. It was actually very useful. ‘

The couple planned to travel to San Francisco before taking a cruise around Hawaii and Polynesia and then spending a few days in Bora Bora, but their once-in-a-lifetime trip was canceled due to travel restrictions.

Richard said of the wedding reception, “We went to our local pub and had our first dance in the beer garden.”

Tom Hall and Heather McLaren's wedding at St George's Church in Leeds. The relaxation of the closing restrictions last weekend will allow companies to reopen with the measures taken

Tom Hall and Heather McLaren's wedding at St George's Church in Leeds. The relaxation of the closing restrictions last weekend will allow companies to reopen with the measures taken

Tom Hall and Heather McLaren’s wedding at St George’s Church in Leeds. The relaxation of the closing restrictions last weekend will allow companies to reopen with the measures taken

The wedding of Tom Hall and Heather McLaren, at St George's Church in Leeds, as weddings are ever allowed against in England with ceremonies of up to 30 guests

The wedding of Tom Hall and Heather McLaren, at St George's Church in Leeds, as weddings are ever allowed against in England with ceremonies of up to 30 guests

The wedding of Tom Hall and Heather McLaren, at St George’s Church in Leeds, as weddings are ever allowed against in England with ceremonies of up to 30 guests

Heather and Tom saw themselves socially distanced from other guests at their wedding in Leeds

Heather and Tom saw themselves socially distanced from other guests at their wedding in Leeds

Heather and Tom saw themselves socially distanced from other guests at their wedding in Leeds

Later on the show, Tom and Heather Hall, who also tied the knot at St George’s Church in Leeds on Saturday, seemed to be talking about their big day.

The couple explained that the restrictions were a “blessing” after being able to live stream their marriage to family members around the world, who had been unable to make it to the original day.

“It was magical,” said Heather. “It was very special and we were able to really focus on what was important. We didn’t plan it that way, but it was so special. ‘

Later on the show, Tom and Heather told host Lorraine Kelly that the new marriage restrictions were a “blessing.”

Tom shared how they could live stream their wedding to family members around the world who couldn't make it through to the original day

Tom shared how they could live stream their wedding to family members around the world who couldn't make it through to the original day

Tom shared how they could live stream their wedding to family members around the world who couldn’t make it through to the original day

Tom continued, “It was very different, but memorable, and it was an absolute blessing.

“We could do a live stream and relatives from all over the world could watch.”

Heather’s father was able to lead her across the island on her big day, after the family feared Scotland’s travel restrictions wouldn’t be in time for the wedding.

“It’s one of those things you take for granted,” said Heather. “But if there’s an option that’s not going to happen, it suddenly becomes very important to you.”

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