Getting the date of your upcoming wedding day tattooed on your body might’ve seemed like a good idea before the coronavirus outbreak.
One couple found out the hard way that things don’t always go to plan after their wedding was cancelled because of COVID-19.
Zoe Taylor, 41, and Rachel Knee, 38 were devastated when their wedding was called off because of the coronavirus.
The show had to go on, though, not least because they both had matching tattoos of the dates on their feet.
The pair also had their date engraved on their rings, so they decided to stick with 5 April and go ahead with a wedding via video call.
They gathered friends and family together after finding a celebrant who would conduct the ceremony and had the wedding in their back garden in Thorveton, Devon.
The virtual wedding included a reading from the maid of honour, vows, an exchange of rings and even a first dance.
100 guests tuned in for the wedding and stayed afterwards for a reception to mark the special day.
The marriage won’t be legally binding until August - that’s when the pair will sign the legal documents - but they’re happy to say 5 April was their official wedding day.
“We were still really keen to make April 5 our wedding date. We had the date tattooed on our feet and engraved on wedding ring,” Knee said.
“We still really wanted to mark the day so Zoe phoned around celebrants to see what we could do and we really clicked with Julie Fox.
“She was brilliant. She had a brief phone call with both of us and organised the whole ceremony from that. She nailed it.
“We organised a zoom meeting and our maid of honour gave a reading and we read our vows.
“We decorated all of the garden and Zoe made an aisle. We put bunting up and decorated the fence panels.
“It was all done on zoom and we walked down the aisle to a bit of music.
“There were readings and poems, and we exchanged vows and rings. We concluded with the first dance and then all our family and friends stuck around to chat on zoom. We celebrated with pink prosecco.”
Taylor added: “We had loads more on zoom than we would have had for the actual ceremony.
“There were 30 separate invitations with around 100 people altogether.
“It was the date that was important and we just wanted to make it the best occasion that we could. But it was better than we could ever have managed.
“It’s been an amazing day - we couldn’t have wished for it to go any better. We had people join us who couldn’t even make the original day.
“We’d lost all hope before we found Julie online - the ceremony that she wrote captured us perfectly.”