A bride and groom-to-be who had their wedding cancelled because of coronavirus have enjoyed their unofficial first dance in their living room.
Emma Berry, 25, and Liam Dowling, 27, were supposed to get married on Saturday (28 March) but their ceremony was postponed after the UK was put into lockdown.
Determined to mark the day in some way, the couple decided to complete their first dance to Arctic Monkey’s ‘Baby I’m Yours’ sung by their wedding singer, Glen Roughead, over a live Instagram feed.
The song had an extra special meaning to it because Liam had serenaded Emma with it when he proposed to her in February 2018.
Their whole family was able to watch them dance on the popular group video app, Houseparty.
Speaking about the day that she was supposed to be walking down the aisle, Emma said: “Saturday was weird.
“We didn’t know what to do with ourselves – we walked the dog but that was about it.
“Having the first dance was very emotional but it was lush at the same time. When we got the message that our wedding singer, Glen had agreed to sing our song over social media, we were very shocked.
“There were lots of tears when our family watched it as well, but they loved it and they cannot wait to see the dance for real next year.”
Emma, a pharmacist, admitted joiner Liam will have to brush up on his moves before the big day.
But despite his dad dancing it helped ease the pain that cancelling their wedding initially caused.
Emma said: “Two years of planning went into it. I had my last dress fitting – everything was perfect, we were ready to go.
“We were absolutely devastated at the time.
“In the week before it was formally cancelled, we were kind of living on the edge because we had seen what was going on in the news about coronavirus.
“In a weird way, it was a bit of a relief when it was certain the wedding was not going ahead as I would’ve had an auntie coming over from Germany.
“My friend who was going to be a bridesmaid is pregnant and she was worried that by attending she would’ve put herself and other people at risk.”
The couple decided to postpone the big day until next February instead of saying their vows with only two witnesses as per current Government guidelines.
Emma, who lives in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear with Liam, added: “Making the decision to postpone it was awful.
“Telling my mum was the worst – she was really gutted.”
Emma and Liam have been dating for almost eight years, having met in the pub where they both used to work.
Both are relieved that they are not out of pocket but they are upset they are not on their honeymoon.
Liam said: “We should be on the beach in Mauritius by now but we’re self-isolating in Gateshead.
“Even though it got cancelled this time, we’ll still get to Mauritius eventually.”