A loved-up couple with their hearts set on signing off 2020 with in style rearranged their wedding within hours of being plunged into a new tier.
Newlyweds Nathan and Rebecca Timmins, 27, wasted no time in tying the knot when they heard their dream day might have to wait.
The pair brought forward the wedding by a day so they wouldn’t have to cancel their New Year’s Eve wedding, Birmingham Mail reported.
Weddings can now only go ahead in "exceptional circumstances" after Birmingham and swathes of the West Midlands entered a Tier 4 lockdown from midnight.
But the Brummie Bride had other ideas and wasn’t going to let Boris get in the way of her special day.
Rebecca, a children's nurse, had only slept for an hour after working a night shift at Birmingham Children's Hospital when she heard the news at 3pm – and rescheduled in a 'mad rush' for 5pm.
The attendance has also been reduced from 15 to six, with only the couple getting married, two witnesses and no more than two other guests permitted.
After a tough year with a death in the family and coronavirus calling off their initial date in May, the couple were keen to tie the knot and end 2020 on a positive note.
Speaking on the morning after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Blackheath, Mr and Mrs Timmins said: "We were meant to get married today.
"The announcement came in at 3pm. We already cancelled once, we just hated the thought of cancelling it again.
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"We know 2020 has been bad for everyone, but there has been several negative things this year so it was nice to do something positive with our family and friends.
"We had my family member dying this year, so we just wanted to make sure the people we wanted there could be there."
Within an hour of Boris Johnson's new tier announcement, the couple had managed to reorganise the church, the vicar, transportation, 11 guests and the flowers.
Rebecca, who says she 'squashed' into her mum's car to get to the church, added: "I had done a night shift the night before so I had an hour's sleep and started getting ready for today, getting all my bits and bobs together.
"Then I saw the announcement. I was already emotional because I'd had an hours sleep, then I saw it was Tier 4.
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"We got in touch with the vicar and just said: 'Can we do it tonight?' And within an hour we had sorted it."
"I had to quickly do my own makeup, I quickly threw my hair back."
Fortunately the flowers were made of silk and had been prepared a few days ahead of time.
"The church managed to sort a lot of it," Nathan added, "they managed to get the organist in – I think she was on a walk, so she came in.
They told us the deadline was 6pm because they have to have a permit for a late wedding. So it was a mad rush to get everyone over to the church."
Though they were missing the horse and carriage, wedding cake and photographer they had booked, they were pleased to have their loved ones at the happy occasion.
Speaking about the day, the groom said: "It was lovely. It wasn't exactly what we had planned, but it was still nice.
"The end result was the same so that's what we wanted."
The newly weds will be waiting until Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives the green light to travel abroad for their honeymoon.
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