"Our dream destination wedding has been cancelled because of Coronavirus"

21 Mar 2020

Kent couple Melissa Farley and Haydn Ringer have had their dreams of a destination wedding dashed by the Coronavirus outbreak

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Melissa and Haydn from Chatham in Medway first started dating in 2010 and on New Year's Eve in 2015, Haydn popped the question in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Haydn, a commercial gas engineer, waited for the right time to propose to Melissa, who qualified as a paediatric nurse in the same year. 

The couple then set to work to plan their wedding day and chose Cyprus as the location, having fallen in love with the country since their first holiday together in 2011 and subsequent holidays over the years. 

Melissa and Haydn found wedding planner Katie Williams of Marry Me Cyprus and quickly discovered that she was the the perfect person to help them organise their special day. 

Melissa recalls: "We first met Katie back in December 2018. Her family live in Kent and we used this as the perfect opportunity to arrange a meeting when she was back from Cyprus visiting. From this first visit Katie knew exactly what I wanted, even before I got my moodboards out. She has always been there via telephone and when I’ve thought I had something to add, I’ve messaged her directly and she was able to respond quickly, always taking care in her reply."

The wedding was set for Friday 10th April 2020 and Katie met with Melissa and Haydn in January 2020 to finalise plans. 

"Everyone was really excited and we completed the last details for our wedding," says Melissa. "I went on my hen party in February and had the best time, and Haydn went on his stag do to Poland from Thursday 12th March to Sunday 15th March."

However, while Haydn was away, Melissa received the news she had started to dread.

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"On Friday 13th March, I received a telephone call from Katie who said things were not looking good due to the spread of Coronavirus and travel restrictions being put in place. There was a very high chance that our wedding wouldn't go ahead."

Katie kept in regular contact with Melissa and on Sunday 15th March, when Haydn returned home, she delivered the devastating news that the wedding would have to be cancelled. 

Melissa says: "We were beyond upset and our dreams were shattered after two years of hard work and planning. All of the excitement disappeared in an instant. Our Cyprus wedding was cancelled, our UK reception party was cancelled, and our honeymoon to Barbados was cancelled in the blink of an eye."

Yet the couple's silver lining is the relationship they have forged with Katie, who Melissa cannot praise enough. 

"Katie has been an absolute hero throughout the whole process, but especially this last week. So many hours have been spent crying - it's been such an emotional rollercoaster, but she’s been contactable day and night and we’re hoping to book a new date as soon as possible, once we know everything has settled.

"This lady goes above and beyond for her brides," continues Melissa. "If she wasn’t there, I don’t know what we would have done. She has kept us on track and has reminded us why we are getting married in the first place. Katie deserves a gold medal and no amount of thankyous will ever be enough. I just can’t wait to contact her again and re-book our wedding date."

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