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Inside one of the first socially distant weddings in the UK with hand sanitizer and separate pens

The fascinating photos capture the arrangements inside a clean church during one of the first socially distant weddings in the UK.

Heather McLaren, 28, and Tom Hall, 29, could only invite their closest friends and family, who were two meters from each other, to see the couple tie the knot yesterday.

The hand sanitizer was distributed to the guests and the couple’s witnesses had to sign the register, in St George’s church in Leeds, with separate pens.

But Heather and Tom eventually got married, almost four months after they intended to get married.



The ceremony was limited to 30 guests and very different from how the couple could have planned

Their original plans – a sumptuous ceremony in front of over 120 guests at Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirk – had to be canceled because days of the blockade were scheduled for March.

Speaking from their home in Leeds, Christian devotees said, “It wasn’t what we had planned but it was completely unique and truly special. I know everyone’s wedding day is memorable, but this seems particularly memorable.”

In fact, the photos show some of the approximately 30 guests who wear face masks in the church. Each place in the building had a name tag on the back to prevent people from sitting where the others were sitting.



Guests wearing masks take a selfie at the wedding



Social distance of guests pending the start of the ceremony

The tape was grounded to help guests also adhere to social distance measures.

Heather, who is a doctoral student, said: “‘Everyone in church has been so wonderful.

“They thoroughly cleaned the church and installed a webcam so that other friends and relatives could watch from home.”

The rector Lizzy Woolf, who officiated at the wedding, left notes on the register to indicate where each person should sign because he could not be with them.

Singing was not permitted, added the rector.

Heather and Tom are planning to organize a honeymoon in the Lake District in October and will organize a party for all the other guests next year.

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