Former Spalding High School pupil will be among the first to tie the knot in South Holland now coronavirus restrictions are lifted
It will be a day to remember for a couple who will be among the first to tie the knot in South Holland following the lockdown.
Michael Cripps (32) and Bryony Sneath (30) are excited that they will be able to get married in St John’s Church in Spalding on Saturday, July 12, after months of waiting to see if the ceremony would go ahead.
The couple held off until the last possible moment on making a decision to cancel their big day but luckily the Government announced last week that restrictions are being lifted to allow weddings to proceed from July 4.
Michael and Bryony have had to scale back their plans to an intimate ceremony with a small, socially distanced barbecue at the family home in West Pinchbeck but are planning a big celebration next year.
Bryony, who attended Spalding High School and now works as a brewer, said: “I wouldn’t say we were disappointed that it is smaller, it is more about actually getting married. We can celebrate any time.”
IT manager Michael said: “We held off right up to the last minute to make any decision on cancelling or re-arranging.
“It was amazing news that we could go ahead and now it is all hands to the pump trying to get everything in place,” he added.
The couple, who now live in Gosport, met during American rock band Day to Remember’s set at the Download Festival in 2013. Over the years their friendship turned into something more and they have been together since January 2018.
Michael said: “It is one of those things that you can’t put your finger on. Something just clicked and it worked.
“We became friendly and close and good things happened.”
After asking Bryony’s parents for permission, he popped the big question during a holiday in Beligum in July last year. Michael went down on one knee to ask Bryony to marry him in front of a fountain.
The couple have had to apply for a common licence as lockdown restrictions have prevented the banns from being read in church over three Sundays.
Under new Government guidelines, wedding ceremonies are encouraged to be shorter and should not be attended by no more than 30 people, who have to follow social distancing rules.
Singing is no longer allowed and spoken responses should also not be in a raised voice, according to the new guidelines.
The couple will be joined by immediate family and Bryony’s godmother during this important ceremony and will be having some recorded music.
However, all of the changes will not stop the couple’s big day from being special.
Michael said: “We are still going to get what we want and will be able to start the next chapter together. We won’t let a thing like a pandemic get in the way of our plans.”