Childhood sweethearts refuse to let lockdown spoil wedding plans
Bride whose big day with her childhood sweetheart was postponed due to the lockdown reveals she put on her dress to dance the night away and eat wedding cake at home
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Two childhood sweethearts refused to let the coronavirus lockdown spoil their wedding day, and dressed up and danced in their living room instead.
Savine Samuels, 22, and her fiancé Sam Harland-Smith, 22, from Snodland, Kent, were set to tie the knot on Thursday 26, which marked the two-year anniversary of their engagement.
However the UK lockdown shelved their wedding plans at Hadlow Manor Hotel in Tonbridge, leaving Savine in floods of tears.
Savine Samuels, 22, and her fiancé Sam Harland-Smith, 22, from Snodland, Kent, put on their wedding outfits at home after their special day was cancelled
Yet the government measures did not stop the couple enjoying their special day, with Savine dressing up in her white gown and Sam putting on his three-piece suit.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Savine said: ‘Sam was speechless when he saw me.
‘He waited in our dining room with the song I was meant to walk down the aisle to which was From Eden by Hozier.
‘Then I walked down the stairs and into the dining room to meet him. It was such a special feeling.’
And the pair even enjoyed their two savoury wedding cakes made out of three tiers of cheese and pork pie as they danced the night away.
Savine said they kept in touch with loved ones throughout the day using video call and danced the night away
Savine added: ‘We kept in touch with our loved ones and shared pictures with those who were meant to be at the wedding.’
The bride-to-be, who had been planning her white wedding for two years, said: ‘I was probably the most realistic with my way of thinking, as I knew more likely than not that it would not go ahead.
‘It was still all very stressful and sad. We had been looking forward to our special day for so long.
‘I found out a week and a day before the wedding date that it was not going ahead.’
She continued: ‘When I found out I cried a lot, but it was almost like a relief that I finally knew rather than being in limbo.’
The couple pictured two days after they got engaged in March 2018. Savine said Sam proposed at home
Savine said: ‘I was very adamant from the start that I wanted to wear my dress, mainly because I can see myself putting on weight during isolation.’
‘I managed to convince Sam to put his suit on.’
She added: ‘We moved our dining room furniture to the side, played some great music and danced until we could dance no more.
‘I’m still going to wear my dress in October but haven’t decided if I’m going to treat myself to another one for a cheeky dress change halfway through the day.’
Speaking about the alternative plan, she said: ‘On the day I was told the wedding wasn’t going ahead that was when I first had the idea.’
Savine said: ‘We moved our dining room furniture to the side, played some great music and danced until we could dance no more’
The couple had first hoped to have a handful of family members to celebrate with them before the lockdown but now hope to get hitched in October.
Savine said: ‘Sam proposed at home – he put rose petals throughout the house and played our favourite song Walking Disasters by The Wombats and was waiting on one knee for me at the top of the stairs.
‘The next day we then went to see The Wombats live at Alexander Palace in London – it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.’
The pair were set to fly to The Dominican Republic on April 11 but the trip was cancelled but intend to jet off away their re-scheduled wedding.
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