Hook Norton Brewery's Shire horses help bring joy to Banburyshire couple's wedding day
A Banbury area couple did not let the ongoing restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic keep them from tying the knot.
Kerry-May Silman, 25, and Matthew David Edward Lord, 27, married at St Peter's & St Paul's Parish Church, Kings Sutton, Banbury, on Friday April 16.
The marriage service was followed by a small intimate reception with 15 people including the wedding couple outside at the Butchers Arms pub garden in Kings Sutton.
Kerry-May Lord said: "The day was perfect, even if the best man (Ashley Webber) forgot the rings and had to run back to the pub!
"I surprised Matt with a car from Two Hearts Wedding Car Hire. We were very spoilt as he got the be chauffeured around in the owner's own Chevrolet Camaro.
"Wayne Sellwood and Karen Hales from the Butchers Arms accommodated our micro wedding reception so well. They had organised the brewery shire horses from Hook Norton to be they're on our arrival. This was amazing as I remember them fondly as a child. We got to have photos with horses as well as the tradition of giving the horse a pint of Hooky beer!"
Kerry-May, a life Long resident of King's Sutton, is the daughter of Ronald and Angela Silman of Kings Sutton. Matthew Lord, originally from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire but now from King's Sutton, is the son of Jo and Michael Lord.
Mrs Lord added: "We where the first wedding at the church since lockdown. We were also one of the last couples to sign the wedding register in the traditional way before it all goes electronic.
"We were due to get married at a local hotel, but due to the change in restrictions we moved the wedding just in time for our bans to be read.
"Father Matthew Robinson went out of his way to make us feel at ease and everything ran smoothly. I felt in away It was meant to be as my late grandmother had a very close connection to the church."
The couple tried to keep all their wedding suppliers as local as possible. They used Looby Loo's Cakes from Banbury, photographer Sam Bennett from Banbury ( www.sambennettphotography.co.uk ), videographer Shannon Payne from Banbury, Two Hearts Wedding Cars from Brackley and make-up from Laura Horton at The Beauty Shed in Banbury.