The Show Must Go On! Online Wedding Rescues Local Couple’s Big Day

Couple making a heart shape looking out to sea

Written by Julie Fox

Julie is an experienced, qualified, independent life celebrant. She creates bespoke ceremonies for every stage of the human life cycle and prides herself on her professionalism, care and compassion.

April 06, 2020

Honiton couple Zoe and Rachel Taylor-Knee have refused to let Coronavirus ruin their wedding day by moving their ceremony online and inviting all of their family and friends to join them.

Julie Fox of Aurora Ceremonies put together a full ceremony including a virtual reading from their Maid of Honour, Heather, vows, an exchange of rings and even a first dance.

Rachel and Zoe were devastated when their wedding at the Deer Park Hotel had to be postponed due to the government’s guidelines on social distancing. But rather than “staying in their pyjamas all day and eating ice cream”, as they initially planned, they decided to celebrate their love and bring a smile to everyone’s faces by continuing with the ceremony online.

While the wedding won’t be legally binding until August when they sign the official paper work at the registry office, they consider the 5th April to be their wedding day. They were determined to keep to that date as they had already had their rings engraved and even had matching tattoos of the date on their feet!

“It’s been an amazing day – we couldn’t have wished for it to go any better. We had people join us who couldn’t even make the original day. We’d lost all hope before we found Julie online – the ceremony that she wrote captured us perfectly.”

“It was an honour and a privilege to write and conduct the ceremony for such an adorable couple,” said Julie. “Mass gatherings may have been stopped – and for good reason – but love never stops. Everyone loves a good wedding so what better way to cheer people up in lockdown?”

Julie usually conducts weddings, vow renewals, funerals and baby namings around the Exeter area but she has taken her business online to keep people connected during these unprecedented times we find ourselves in. “Sharing the important events in our lives is one of the beautiful parts of human connection. We need that now more than ever.”

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