IT was the whitest of wedding days for Pendle couple Alex Connor and Andrew Smith.
For heavy snow that fell overnight last Friday and Saturday almost threw the couple’s perfectly planned day into chaos!
And the drama was beamed across the world on Sky News as camera crews had come up north to film the winter whiteout.
And despite Alex arriving at the altar an incredible one-and-a-half-hours late, after being forced to abandon her chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce, the couple still enjoyed a magical day.
Alex, who is from Harle Syke, said: “We knew the snow had been predicted but we never realised just how bad it was going to be. My hairdresser and the flowers both arrived two hours late and that was just the start.’’’
The couple, who have been together since they were 17, were scheduled to tie the knot in a ceremony at the Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert at Bolton Abbey at 12–30pm but the vicar had to wait until 2pm before he could declare them husband and wife!
Alex had set off from Peel Castle, the wedding reception venue in Hellifield where she had stayed overnight, but snow drifts meant the silver Rolls-Royce could not climb the hill to the church, despite two attempts.
A frantic call to the best man, David Evans, was made and he came to the rescue from the church in his four wheel drive vehicle.
Alex (31) added: “I had to get out of the car and hold my dress up while I go into the second car and it was absolutely freezing. I didn’t have a jacket or wrap either.’’
When she finally made it to the church, along with the family and friends who had managed to get there waiting to greet Alex, were a camera crew. And they were among the first to congratulate the newly_weds who are both 31 and live in Trawden.
The weather meant that around 40 guests did not make the big day, including a friend of Alex’s who was due to fly over from Ireland.
PHOTOS BY MATT HALL