Snow white wedding

Joseph Bulmer

THE wedding dress, the bride’s mother and the registrar all arrived by quad bike in a North Devon white wedding with a difference on Saturday.

Food arrived by quad and in a sheep trailer – and some of the in-laws and guests stayed on with the bride and groom for the honeymoon!

The weekend snowfall helped to create a wedding that will never be forgotten for Exeter couple Nick Vanstone and Jemma Higgs when they tied the knot in North Devon.

Fellow EDF workers Nick and Jemma, both 25, chose the scenic Millbrook Cottages in High Bickington for their ceremony and the snow added to the fairytale setting at the award-winning holiday complex – a gold medal winner in this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

But it meant quad bike journeys for the bride’s mother Tracey Higgs as she brought the wedding dress from nearby Umberleigh and for the registrar Janet Tucker as she travelled through the snow to the ceremony from Tawstock.

Kate Boothby, who runs Millbrook Cottages with husband Bob, was also drafted in to assist the registrar as there are usually two officers present.

Luckily, bride Jemma was already at the venue before the snow came down. Bridegroom Nick and around 20 guests and their wedding outfits were unable to drive there, so travelled up to the ceremony on the train to Umberleigh station, where they were met and ferried to the venue by a convoy of 4x4s.

It had been planned that guests would lunch on fish and chips, but the van could not get through the snow. So the local community stepped in again, with meals brought from the The Old George Inn at High Bickington village and again delivered by quad bike. An evening turkey dinner followed, delivered in a sheep trailer

Now the honeymoon – not the intimate twosome they had planned, but stranded at Millbrook together with in-laws and some of the guests!

Nick told the Gazette: “Jemma wanted a white wedding and she certainly got one. It is a wedding we will certainly never forget and we must say a huge ‘thank you’ to the local community. People were great in the way they helped us out. There was someone who cleared the road with a tractor and some kind of plough, the pub stepped in when our fish and chip meals could not get through. Everyone has been so good, ferrying us around.”