A couple from Clitheroe, Lancashire have hosted a virtual wedding ceremony following the postponement of their wedding due to the coronavirus crisis.

Due to get married on 28 March, Chris Marshall and Sue Barsby made the difficult decision to postpone their big day in the midst of the pandemic.

But determined to mark their special day, the couple brought all their friends and family together via the internet for a live handfasting ceremony. The couple found a celebrant in Ellie Brooks, who offered her virtual service in return for a donation to the NHS.

Sue, who got a next-day delivery of her wedding dress from Next told the Burnley Express: “The decision was made by Boris Johnson when he shut pubs and restaurants and banned weddings just over a week before our wedding. I was initially upset but then relieved as it was becoming a stressful situation not knowing and also we didn’t want to put people’s health at risk.

“I had seen a link to Ellie Brooks, a spiritual celebrant who was offering to do virtual handfasting ceremonies for a donation to the NHS…such a lovely lady. We felt so happy we had done it, it was empty and intimate and felt like we had been through a meaningful experience.”

The couple has rescheduled their wedding for March 2021. Sue went on to say: “I would like to say thank you to everyone, our local suppliers and venue Holmes Mill for being great and managing to postpone until next year. Also, a special mention to Nettletons Jewellers in Clitheroe for knocking a considerable amount off an ‘engagement’ ring for Chris.”

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