By Tara O’Connor BBC local democracy reporter
A couple forced to cancel their wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic are donating their wedding favours to “lift the spirits” of NHS staff.
Friends and family were set to fly in from around the world to celebrate Shevaun and Steven’s big day on Saturday (March 21).
The couple from Purley had planned to tie the knot in the Peak District – where they enjoyed their first holiday together.
But after weeks of uncertainty about whether it could go ahead, the venue offered them a postponement last week.
Shevaun, 38, said they had now chosen to give the 100 luxury biscuits intended for wedding guests to front-line health workers instead.
“We wanted to share our appreciation to all the staff at the Croydon University Hospital for all their hard work in these scary and troublesome times,” she said.
“We wanted to redirect this delicious Grasmere
The pair got engaged last year, with Steven, who is 34 and works in visual effects, making Shevaun’s favourite dessert – sticky toffee pudding – accompanied by a spoon engraved with a proposal.
Like many other couples with weddings booked at this uncertain time, they have decided to postpone it until 2021.
Shevaun, an executive assistant, said: “When the crisis started we thought we might have to go ahead with the wedding with just us two and a couple of friends. My family from different countries couldn’t fly over.
“It got to the point where we thought, ‘we’re not going to have fun here, it is not actually going to be that enjoyable’. We didn’t really want to start our married life that way.”
On Saturday – what would have been their wedding day – the couple were instead be celebrating Shevaun emerging from self-isolation with a glass of champagne.
She was self-isolating after being in contact with someone who could have had the virus.
But despite the turn of events, the bride-to-be remains upbeat.
“It wouldn’t have been much fun in the current crisis,” Shevaun said. “‘You may now elbow bump the bride’ lacks a certain romance, wouldn’t you say?”
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