Nuptials just in the nick of time
Amanawatu¯ couple have exchanged wedding vows in the nick of time – the night before New Zealand went into lockdown.
Feilding’s Toni, 31, and Scott Nicholls, 33, were supposed to get married on Saturday, but brought their wedding forward to Wednesday night and cut the guest list from 120 to 6 due to the coronavirus crisis.
They shared a small but meaningful ceremony at Legacy Church in Palmerston North, presided over by pastor John Faiz. In attendance were Toni’s father and stepmother, Scott’smother and stepmother, and Scott’s two daughters, aged 9 and 7.
They practiced social distancing during the ceremony, except for the bride and groom, who shared a kiss.
The couple had dinner after the ceremony, then prepared to spend their honeymoon in isolation together.
Toni (nee Roberts) said she was happy they made it after multiple changes.
‘‘It’s nice to have it over with so much uncertainty leading up to the day.’’
Scott said they started with a guest list of 120, but reduced it to 90 when the restrictions came in preventing gatherings ofmore than 100 people.
He said the church had been fantastic in helping them, as had family members, who had organised the wedding in 11⁄ days.
‘‘It still means we get to have our special day.’’
He said it had been an emotional rollercoaster leading up to the wedding, with it being cancelled and then back on. They decided against postponing the event and instead invited people to watch online.
They plan to have a celebration later in the year.
‘‘For us, we’re Christians, it’s not about the glamour of the day, it’s about the commitment. We’re committed to this for the rest of our lives.
‘‘It’s about God and our commitment to him and one another.’’
They cancelled their honeymoon to Sri Lanka and then three weeks ago cancelled their rejigged honeymoon to Australia.
Scott said the wedding helped them forget about what was happening in the world with the virus.
Toni and Scott Nicholls brought their wedding forward to Wednesday night before the lockdown began.