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Intimate Leeds Town Hall Wedding during a Pandemic

It's safe to say that weddings (and the world!) have been turned upside down thanks to Coronavirus. With regulations constantly changing and so much uncertainty many couples have understandably postponed their wedding until they can have the day they planned. Many are even at the point where they're postponing for the second time due to the new rule of 15. One couple who had already postponed once and didn't want to do it again are Suzanne and Darren. They got married last month in a gorgeous, intimate little wedding at Leeds Town Hall and they've shared their details and advice with us in a bit of a different REAL Wedding to usual!

As Suzanne said about going ahead with their wedding despite the Coronavirus restrictions “the future seemed so uncertain but the core reason for getting married hadn’t changed”

How did your plans change due to the Covid restrictions?

In every way, apart from our outfits!

What made you decide to go ahead and not reschedule?

We did actually reschedule it as we were meant to be married on 13 June – however the future seemed so uncertain but the core reason for getting married hadn’t changed and we hope to celebrate with everyone at a later date.

Did you have to cut down your guest list? 

Drastically! Only 11 people were allowed at the ceremony due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Did you do anything to include those who couldn’t be there?

Imogen my daughter did a video call with our family and friends so that they could share our day. Both our parents live abroad and some friends were on the call too. We created a What’sApp group to make it easier to include both family and friends.

Are you planning another celebration at a later date?

Hopefully but we will have to wait and see when restrictions are relaxed.

Any advice for couples planning to get married now 

Enjoy your day because despite what is happening in the world you still have each other.

Now for a bit of background, how did you guys meet?

We went to school together and then bumped into each other in the pub 20 years later. Then Darren couldn’t wait until Valentines Day to propose so he asked Suzanne on 13th February.

Who was your photographer?

Heather Butterworth Photography Heather captured all our love and joy without even trying. She even doubled as a witness.

What did you DIY?

I made bouquets and buttonholes from dried Lavender and Gypsophila.

REAL Moments

  • Darren’s tears of joy when Suzanne arrived
  • Our niece Ellie’s show of emotion.
  • All three of our children Mackenzie, Imogen and Declan looked smart and beautiful.
  • Sitting together in the park at Park Square afterwards in the sunshine.

Where did you have your reception?

In the evening we enjoyed a lovely meal at The Ivy.


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Photographer: Heather Butterworth Photography | Bride’s dress: Celebrations Bridal| Shoes: Moda in Pelle| Jewellery: Vivienne Westwood Jewellery| Bridesmaids: Monsoon | Grooms suit: Next 


Gaia Hudson

Written by gaia_bkir

Founder of Brides Keeping it Real and mum of two little ones, Leon & Ada. Passionate about providing a supportive online community for brides and grooms who want an achievable, uncomplicated wedding planning experience.