When you can’t go to the wedding… the wedding has to come to you

Wedding bells were replaced with the sounds of a truck air horn on Saturday 8th May, when Sarah Hunter – activities coordinator at Finney House Care Residence in Preston – married her Fiancé and truck driver, Dave Thomas.

Keen to ensure that her residents were able to see her resplendent in her wedding dress, she arranged to pop round from the Rose Suite at Preston Registry Office, to Finney House immediately after her ceremony. Her arrival caused quite a stir as her wedding car was a fabulous Peterbilt bonneted tractor unit, belonging to Paul Fox (Dave’s Boss who runs Fox Brothers transport).

Wedding party arrive in truck

What they didn’t know was that fellow activities coordinators – Jen Stutter and Lisa Joy – had been planning a little surprise, pulling out all the stops to make this a day to remember both for Sarah and for the residents. Finney House’s reception area was transformed into a pop-up wedding party venue (Covid restrictions observed of course) complete with decorations, afternoon tea, sugared almond favours, wedding gifts, bucks’ fizz and even a wedding cake. They even made their own fascinators in the days building up to it!

Picture of bride and groom
Bride and groom enter Finney House

‘We were both shocked and amazed,’ said Sarah, who added, ‘I couldn’t believe the amount of trouble everyone had gone to. One of our residents cried tears of joy when she saw me. I would have loved to have had them all at my wedding ceremony, but this really was the next best thing. It really helped to make this a magical day to remember.’

Wedding cake
Wedding celebrations
Wedding guest

The new Mr & Mrs Thomas, Sarah and Dave, have made their home in Great Eccleston and plan to honeymoon in Krakow once travel restrictions have been lifted. They would like to thank everyone at Finney House for their special surprise and Paul Fox at ‘Fox Brothers’ for the generous use of their ‘wedding car’.

Wedding guests
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