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Couple tie the knot in first wedding since lockdown

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WEDDING bells rang out for the first time in months this weekend as the first ceremony in Jersey since lockdown took place.

Coronavirus Covid-19. Haie Fleurie, St Martin. One of first post-lockdown weddings. Sian Cayley Campbell and Ben Henry Dupre. Celebrant Kirsty Le Monnier Picture: ROB CURRIE. (28766860)

Sian Campbell (32) and Ben Dupré (33) tied the knot during an ‘intimate’ event held at La Haie Fleurie in St Martin.

However, the reopening of the Island’s borders came days too late for the couple, with UK family and friends unable to get seats on fully booked flights to Jersey.

And Mr Dupré said that while it might not have been the 100-guest celebration they initially planned, they were not going to let the restrictions get in the way of their plans.

‘It was a smaller event than perhaps we had hoped for but it was a brilliant day – the weather held out and the fact we were able to live-stream was a nice touch and meant everyone that should be involved could be.

‘We were rushing around a bit in the morning, but everything came together, and given everything it was a nice day.

‘We were supposed to have a week off in France but with all that uncertainty we decided against that and are having a few staycations in Jesey.’

He added that he and his wife were instead now planning to hold a wedding reception next year when, subject to any Covid-19 restrictions being in place, more of their friends and family could attend.

‘We were always going to get married on 4 July,’ he said. ‘We have now pushed on until next year to have the day we were planning to have.

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‘That will be for everyone who couldn’t be there in person.’

Speaking before the wedding, Miss Campbell said that only a tenth of the original 100 guests were able to attend.

‘It was a little bit gutting because as soon as the borders decision was announced we tried to see if we could get some people over – even if it was only my mum – but all the flights were fully booked, as we had just a couple of days’ notice. But I can understand why it was like that,’ she said.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
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