Bridesmaid goes into labour at surprise Barrow wedding
Last updated at 14:50, Wednesday, 15 January 2014
GUESTS were left spellbound when Barrow magician Joel Dickinson and his fiancee Lindsey Brown turned their son’s christening into a surprise wedding.
The couple, who have been together nine years, decided the occasion of Franklin’s christening was the right time to show their love for one another.
But keeping the wedding a secret has proved to be the biggest trick of Mr Dickinson’s career.
“We’ve been planning this for about six months,” said Mr Dickinson, 28.
“We wanted to keep it quiet so that people were more excited about the christening, so it was more about Frank on the day, and then it would be about the three of us.”
Nine-month-old Franklin was christened in front of a packed congregation at St Paul’s Church on Sunday, then guests were asked to stay behind while the bride, bridesmaids and Franklin changed into their wedding outfits.
Mr Dickinson added: “The vicar got me and Lindsey up on the platform and announced to everybody that there was going to be a 45- minute break.
“At this point everybody was scratching their heads and then he announced the reason why. Everybody was absolutely shocked and there was huge applause.”
But the wedding wasn’t the only surprise of the day.
Elaine Connell had fulfilled her duty as Franklin’s godmother and was due to be a bridesmaid when she went into labour.
Her son Louis was born at Furness General Hospital on Sunday.
“On the way to church to be godmother Elaine’s waters broke but she wanted to stay as long as she could,” said Mrs Dickinson, 29.
Vicar of St Paul’s Church, the Reverend Derek Price, said it had been “a day full of surprises.”
“It’s our first baptism followed by a wedding and we’re the first to have a bridesmaid and godparent have a baby,” he said.
“We’ve never had a baby born in church but she would have been well looked after.”
The couple’s brothers were ushers, the godmothers were also bridesmaids and star of the show, Franklin, was also page boy.
“It was a fantastic day,” added Mrs Dickinson.
- See Saturday’s Evening Mail for a report and pictures from the Dickinsons’ wedding.
First published at 16:14, Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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