Love is in the air this Super Saturday, with weddings making a return after months on standby due to coronavirus.
Paul Cobon and Yvonne Shaw, of Toton, became one of the first couples in Nottinghamshire to get married as restrictions were eased. They tied the knot after 21 years and three children together.
Yvonne, who works for M&S, said: “Well we knew we would both be turning 50 this year so it seemed a good way to celebrate.
“We’ve been together 21 years and have three children together.”
Paul had planned to propose on Yvonne’s birthday, but spontaneity took over in March and on a romantic meal at the pub, the time just ‘felt right’.
The wedding took place today, July 4, at Bridgford Hall, in West Bridgford, and was actually supposed to happen last Saturday (June 27), “but Boris said no”, Yvonne added.
While they didn’t have to wait too much longer for their special day, the build up hasn’t been without its challenges, especially as both have carried on working throughout lockdown.
Paul, who works for Nestle, said: “It was difficult getting our clothes ready, the suit and dresses, because everything’s been closed.
“We ordered our rings the day before lockdown from a local designer in Beeston, so thankfully, they made it happen and had them ready for us.”
Due to restrictions still in place, Paul and Yvonne were joined only by their two daughters as witnesses and two Registrars.
Hayley, 29 and Elena, 17, were there in person to see their parents take their vows, while fellow sibling Jordan, 28, watched via a livestream from Sydney in Australia, unable to travel back.
Paul added: “We always wanted it to be small and just family and close friends, it’s a lot of pressure otherwise.
“I’m glad it’s gone ahead despite everything, because we really wanted to get engaged and married in the same year.
“Yvonne looked even more beautiful than I could imagine.”
While there is no big celebration planned at the moment, the newlyweds said they would be spending the day seeing their parents and other family members.
Yvonne said: “We have got a cake waiting for us, and I have said we have to have a first dance.”
Paul added: “Might have to be Aerosmith, I don’t want to miss a thing.
“I think it’s an exciting time for us, we’ve just done it all the other way round – got the home, the family and now we are looking forward to our future together.”
Paul will be whisking Yvonne off for a romantic getaway in York now that hotels have been able to reopen, but they are hopeful for a honeymoon abroad in the future.
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Nottinghamshire County Council confirmed nine wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships in registry offices or council-approved premises would be going ahead on Saturday, July 4, following the updated Government guidelines.
Councillor John Handley, vice chairman for the Communities and Place committee at the county council, said: “Our team of registrars are working hard to ensure these ceremonies can take place. We have had almost half of the pre-booked weddings cancelled or moved as some couples decide to wait for their big day when it can take place as they first planned.
“Not all our licensed premises are opening straight away, and it is the duty of the venue to ensure that the legal requirement of social distancing is adhered to.
“Our team of registrars will be working with brides and grooms to ensure that the new guidelines are made clear so that everyone understands what can happen during this period. I’d like to please ask those with weddings planned, bear with us in these difficult circumstances.”