Happy couple tie knot as church holds first wedding since lockdown


A Staffordshire Moorlands couple have tied the knot this weekend as a church held its first wedding since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Sally and Iain Bailey got married at St Mary’s Church in Leek on Saturday.

The couple were set to get married on April 18, but the ceremony was postponed as the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the UK.

It is first wedding ceremony that the Catholic church, on Compton, has held since March.

Sally said the day was ‘absolutely amazing’.

The 42-year-old told StokeonTrentLive: “We had to reduce our numbers down.  Originally we planned to have 60 people coming to the church and we had around 120-140 for the evening do. 

“We were only allowed to have 30 people altogether in the church.  It was sad we could not have all the people we would have liked to.  We just had very close friends and family.

“But it was amazing.”

St Mary’s Church in Leek

The 30 people in the church included the priest, photographer, registrar and organist – with guests wearing facemasks and practicing social distancing.

Sally added:  “It was a very different ceremony but it was so well done by St Mary’s.”

After the ceremony there was a small reception at Trentham Gardens where the couple had hired out five gazebos for six guests each.

Speeches were made, there was a toast and the couple had their first dance.

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Announcing the wedding online, St Mary’s Church said:  “We had the privilege of celebrating the first wedding since lockdown.

“It was an uplifting occasion and we wish the happy couple God’s blessings.

“A huge thank you to our amazing volunteer stewards and cleaners.”





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