3 weddings and a tractor!

Thursday, August 06th, 2020

Kerry and Richard - credit Andrew Youll Photography

Muddy-matched couple finally tie the knot after having their big day cancelled twice due to COVID-19 lockdown

If at first you don’t succeed…

Having had their rural wedding plans thrown into disarray by the COVID-19 lockdown, engaged Muddy Matched pair Kerry and arable farmer Richard have finally tied the knot in a church ceremony, at the third time of asking – and even managed to turn up to church in something borrowed… a John Deere 8400R tractor.

The now muddy Mr & Mrs, who met on Muddy Matches back in July 2018, were gutted when their proposed big day on 19 June was postponed due to lockdown restrictions on church gatherings.

They then endured double disappointment when their rescheduled date of 4th July – something that came out of the blue from a daily coronavirus update bulletin – was then also put on the backburner as the lifting of the restrictions changed again.

Hell bent on a church wedding at the Clarborough Church in Retford, Notts, the pair have waited patiently in the wings for things to change and finally their faith was repaid on 31st July; two years and three days after their first real life date.

“As soon as restrictions were lifted and the church gave the go ahead I managed to get everything organised within 3 weeks” Kerry tells us from a socially-safe distance as she defied all bridal logic that a wedding takes on average 18 months preparation.

“We were gutted we couldn’t get married in a church on our first chosen date as we had a lot of people from all over the country but at the end of the day all we needed were us 2, the reverend and 2 witnesses; we would have been happy with just that.”

Thankfully, slight adjustments throughout July have meant Kerry and Richard have been able to have very close family and friends celebrate with them in a small but perfectly formed reception held in a marquee in their two-acre garden with a big hog roast and plenty of cakes.

It is the Muddy Ever After to a love story that started out live online with Muddy Matches’ help, and turned into romantic dates involving farm machinery.

“Richard was late for our first date which was a sign of things to come” Kerry tells us. “Our third date was in a combine and he fell into a ditch of nettles. I knew they we would never have a dull moment together. Many evenings are spent together in a tractor, just enjoying each other’s company.”

“I was wanting to meet someone who understood the importance of my horses and how they come first and I found that person. I have married my soulmate, who happened to live 7 miles away from me and if it wasn’t for Muddy Matches I would not be as happy as I am today.”

Now, after two lockdown-cancelled weddings, they can look forward to rural life together, surrounded by farmland, as husband and wife….finally.

Wedding Photo credit and copyright to Andrew Youll Photography