Couple who met in grief group manage to get married just hours before lockdown

A couple who met in a widow bereavement group managed to get married just hours before the latest lockdown restrictions were brought in.

Rosie and Jonathan Gill-Moss tied the knot shortly after Boris Johnson announced new coronavirus measures earlier this week.

Just hours before tougher restrictions were brought in at midnight on Monday, the couple dashed to the registry office at The Mansion House in Tunbridge Wells to get married.

Rosie and Jonathan, from West Malling in Kent, met after losing their spouses. They had planned to get married in 2020, but the past 12 months have not been easy for the pair.

Last year, Jon battled Covid-19 whilst in a coma on a ventilator in intensive care and Rosie was told by doctors to prepare for the worst.

Jon credits his recovery to a dictaphone Rosie filled with messages from loved ones. And, from his hospital bed, Jon asked Rosie to marry him via video call.

The pair had originally planned to get married the week before Christmas with a small group of family and friends, but Tier 4 restrictions put a spanner in the works. 

Rosie said: ‘That beacon of light that we had so, so looked forward to was blown out.

‘But after the news I received in March that I may never see Jon again, it was just a minor blip in comparison.

‘And watching the devastating losses so many have suffered this year, it was really just a small setback.’

Since December the couple have been desperately trying to rearrange their special day, so decided to go for a last-minute wedding after the Prime Minister made his announcement earlier this week.

Rosie said: ‘The register office rang at 4.30pm and we were husband and wife by 6pm.

‘Not this time Boris, not this time.’

Close family watched the ceremony via FaceTime and two of the couple’s best friends dropped everything to head to the venue as witnesses. 

The plans were so last minute the pair even forgot their own wedding rings in the rush of it all.

We love the spontaneity.

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