A couple married more than 200 people in front of them when they held a drive-through wedding in Essex.
Roma Popat and Vinal Patel kept up to date Coronavirus Restrictions on having their guests watching the four-hour ceremony outside on a big screen while sitting in their own cars.
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Only 15 guests are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions COVID– Safe locations in England – but the event was organized in just three weeks to create the special drive-in experience and allow more people to see the couple’s big day.
The ceremony took place right in front of a small number of family members – and was shown on an outside screen with guests watching from more than 100 parked cars.
Families from all over the world were also able to video link the wedding at Braxted Park in Chelmsford.
The newlyweds, both 30 years old and from London, could wave to their guests parked outside as they enjoyed a tour of the grounds in a golf buggy.
During the day, people sitting in their cars could order food through a website and also received snacks and hand sanitizer.
The couple’s original date for the April Hindu wedding was postponed due to lockdown – but they then suggested the idea of a drive-in event.
Her wedding planner, Saheli Mirpuri, told The Guardian, “Soon we had all of our minds put together to bring this wonderful, COVID-compliant wedding together.
“This was a creative way to make sure the guests felt together with the couple that day.”