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Drive-in WEDDING! 250 guests watch the bride and groom pull the knot out of their cars


A couple have hosted the UK's first Covid-compliant drive-in wedding. 250 guests watched as Audis, Land Rovers and Lamborghinis tied the knot on a 500-acre Essex estate to hit the 15-person limit.

After the ceremony, bride Roma Popat and groom Vinal Patel, both 30 years old, toured the grounds in a golf buggy and waved while parked friends and family honk their horns.

The guests were welcomed to the unique event on Friday with a basket containing tasty snacks as well as safety instructions, antibacterial hand gel and garbage bags for their rubbish.

During the four-hour Hindu wedding, they were able to order food from a special website to be delivered by the waiters. However, they were only allowed to leave their vehicles to use toilet cabins.

Another 300 guests from around the world watched live footage of the couple making their vows via video link at Braxted Park, a stunning country house in Chelmsford, Essex.

Roma said: “We both had the best day and since then we have had so many calls and messages from guests saying how much they enjoyed the experience and felt part of it.

“It literally meant everything to us to have everyone there, albeit in a slightly different way than what we had imagined. It is a day we will never forget. & # 39;

Roma Popat and groom Vinal Patel, both 30 years old, held a drive-in wedding in Braxted Park, Essex. The ceremonial path shown on a bid screen before the site is visited in a golf buggy (picture)

The guests were welcomed to the unique event with a basket with delicious snacks as well as safety instructions, antibacterial hand gel and garbage bags for their rubbish

The guests were welcomed to the unique event with a basket with delicious snacks as well as safety instructions, antibacterial hand gel and garbage bags for their rubbish

Weddings in England are currently limited to 15 people, but the couple have managed to get around this with a cinema-style event

Weddings in England are currently limited to 15 people, but the couple have managed to get around this with a cinema-style event

Roma, who was out on the premises with her new husband, said: "We both had the best day and since then we have received so many calls and messages from guests saying how much they enjoyed the experience and felt part of it . "

Roma, who was out on the premises with her new husband, said: "We both had the best day and since then we have received so many calls and messages from guests saying how much they enjoyed the experience and felt part of it . "

How the wedding circumvented Covid's guidelines

Weddings in England are currently limited to 15 people, but the couple have managed to get around this with a cinema-style event.

Outdoor demonstrations are allowed to host a larger number of demonstrations provided they are held at a venue with an outdoor event license that meets Covid guidelines.

At this special event, the guests stayed in their cars and did not come into contact with each other. The venue would also have been required to keep the guests' details for track & trace.

Alex Rayner, CEO of Braxted Park, said, “It was a magical day and we are delighted that the bride and groom celebrated their wedding with so many friends and family. The safety of all guests was of the utmost importance and strict measures were in place, including track and trace.

“This is further evidence that despite the government's refusal to listen to the wedding sector they have crippled, ceremonies can be held responsibly and safely as long as there is social distancing. The capacity limits must be based on the size of the venue and cannot be set to any number. It's common sense. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister is listening to the pseudoscience and as a result, many venues are closing. & # 39;

The property was listed as a mansion in the Domesday Book, although most of the current Queen Anne-style house dates from 1760.

Venue weddings cost up to £ 15,000, although that includes food and use of the house.

Roma, marketing director from Southgate, north London, said she and IT consultant Vinal were originally supposed to get married in April.

During the lockdown, they made the difficult decision to postpone their wedding until October.

Roma said: "At the time we did not understand the gravity of the situation and were still hoping that we could have a newly arranged wedding for 700 guests as originally planned."

When wedding ceremonies and receptions were limited to 30 people due to the pandemic, the couple came up with the idea of ​​a one-of-a-kind, cinema-style drive-in event.

The bride said, “Many of our family members and friends said they would like to share our ceremony in small groups in their gardens.

"We then thought, why not do a mass screening in a Covid-compliant way instead?"

The North Londoners, who got engaged in December 2018, watched the film Bad Boys at a local drive-in theater for research purposes.

Roma said, “We saw how people were parked and how technology and food ordering worked.

"We looked around more than watched the film and thought it was great."

At the time of the wedding on Friday, the government had further lowered the wedding collection limit to 15.

Roma, marketing director from Southgate, north London, said she and IT consultant Vinal were originally supposed to get married in April. You will be seen at their wedding ceremony

Roma, marketing director from Southgate, north London, said she and IT consultant Vinal were originally supposed to get married in April. You will be seen at their wedding ceremony

During the four-hour Hindu wedding, they were able to order food from a special website to be delivered by the waiters. However, they were only allowed to leave their vehicles to use toilet cabins. Guests are shown driving around with torches

During the four-hour Hindu wedding, they were able to order food from a special website to be delivered by the waiters. However, they were only allowed to leave their vehicles to use toilet cabins. Guests are shown driving around with torches

Guests snap photos and wave as the couple drives by their car during the event, where drizzle couldn't dampen the cheerful atmosphere

Guests snap photos and wave as the couple drives by their car during the event, where drizzle couldn't dampen the cheerful atmosphere

Another 300 guests from around the world watched live footage of the couple making their vows via video link at Braxted Park, a stunning country house in Chelmsford, Essex

Another 300 guests from around the world watched live footage of the couple making their vows via video link at Braxted Park, a stunning country house in Chelmsford, Essex

Roma said: “We both come from large families. It meant that we all only had our parents, siblings, and a group of grandparents to attend the ceremony in person.

“It didn't agree with us that so many other friends and family couldn't be there and we wanted them to be part of our celebration. Our guests were all still getting dressed, even though they were just sitting in their cars.

“We had two large screens showing the ceremony and it was surreal when we drove through the middle of the field on the back of a golf buggy to give our guests a wave.

& # 39; You went crazy. Everyone honked and cheered us. It was amazing. We had a live zoom feed for everyone else around the world, all the way to India, America and Canada.

Vinal said, “We didn't want Covid to stop us from getting married.

"We were determined to get on with our lives, our soldier, and make the most of our wedding, and the Roma have done an incredible job over the past few weeks rearranging it."

The couple had help from Saheli Mirpuri, a specialist luxury wedding planner for the London-based company Saheli Events.

She said, “This year has been so difficult for couples wanting to get married. The celebrations are not much bigger than traditional Asian weddings. So making Roma and Vinal's big day so special was a challenge.

"We are delighted with the success of the drive-in, which was a creative way to make sure guests felt together with the couple that day and worked with so many fantastic suppliers to bring it all together."

The north Londoners, who got engaged in December 2018, watched the film Bad Boys at a local drive-in theater for research purposes (guests are shown in their car).

The north Londoners, who got engaged in December 2018, watched the film Bad Boys at a local drive-in theater for research purposes (guests are shown in their car).

Photos show the large number of cars parked to witness the ceremony on the grounds of the historic mansion

Photos show the large number of cars parked to witness the ceremony on the grounds of the historic mansion

Drummers - with face masks - perform in a tent in front of the DJ during the lively Friday event

Drummers – with face masks – perform in a tent in front of the DJ during the lively Friday event

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