A blushing bride spent her special day in the back of a police car – after her bridal vehicle broke down and an officer rushed her to the wedding reception.
Bride Stephanie Ritchie tied the knot with hubby David before they headed for a reception with friends and family.
But the newlyweds were left standing in the road after their car broke down and they were worried they’d miss the rest of their big day.
Thankfully PC Lynsey Arthur was passing by and gave the stranded pair a lift to their reception in the back of her police car.
Following the drama, newlywed Stephanie posted a message of thanks on the Ayrshire Police Division Facebook page.
She said: “On behalf of my new husband and I, I’d just like to thank Lynsey from the bottom of our hearts.
“She totally saved the day for us as we were running really late and left by the side of the road.
“I think it was fate that she drove by at that moment.
“She is an absolute credit to Ayrshire police division and they should be proud.
“She was even kind enough to help me fix my dress after it had been crumpled up and pose for pictures.”
“So thank you so much Lynsey, you made our day and we cannot thank you enough.”
The police officer came to the rescue after the car broke down on the way to the Lochside House Hotel in New Cumnock, East Ayrshire, on Saturday.
PC Lynsey Arthur said it was an “absolute pleasure” to step in and help.
She added: “It wasn’t quite the transport they had hoped to arrive in but I managed to keep their spirits high and keep them happy and smiling all the way to their venue.”
David Ritchie, 25, from Paisley, works as an onshore oil and gas pipe fitter in Shetland while Stephanie, 24, from Paisley, works as a dental nurse in Johnstone, East Renfrewshire.
Stephanie said: “The car actually broke down when me and my dad were on the way to the church so I was actually 20 minutes late for the ceremony.
“It needed a jump start to finally get us there and to stop my husband from worrying about me not showing up.
“After the ceremony my dad followed us on the way to the reception because he knew what the car was like.
“When it eventually broke down, we were unable to restart it and we started worrying.
“It was just fate with the way it happened, Lynsey came over and was so nice about it. I wasn’t sure about her offer at first but David assured me that it would be really funny.
“The whole situation was so absurd and hilarious that it actually calmed my nerves for the day.
“We were lucky with so much else on the day, especially with the weather, and we’ve now got something to tell the kids and grandkids about for years.”