After two failed attempts to tie the knot, Mr and Mrs Vella were finally pronounced husband and wife at 1.30pm at Exeter registry office.
The happy couple are one of the very first to be married in Exeter under new lockdown rules which state that groups of six can meet in outdoor spaces and private gardens.
“It took three attempts!” said Alice, the new bride of Ethan.
“We were going to have it on February 10 in London, but then the most recent lockdown was announced. Then we booked it for March 9, hoping that Boris’s rules would allow weddings, but it didn’t,” said Ethan.
The new rules mean that Ethan and Alice were limited to inviting just six guests, not an easy task when it comes to planning a wedding. But between them, the couple came up with a solution.
“We’re doing it over two days,” said Ethan. “Obviously we aren’t having a massive wedding, we aren’t having all the bells and whistles that we may have chosen, but we’re happy,” he said.
Today (March 30), the couple were joined by Alice’s family.
After enjoying an ice cream at busy Exeter quayside, they planned to head back to Alice’s family home where a gazebo was set up in the garden with a screen so that other friends and family could join by Zoom.
Tomorrow, the couple will return to the same spot with Ethan’s family.
“We’ve set up a nice gazebo and we’re going to have a service. All our other friends and family will join over Zoom,” said Alice.
But despite the small numbers, the couple were more then thrilled to finally get their date.
“People need to realize that by having a smaller wedding you’re not missing out. A handful of really close family and friends is really all you need. It’s the essence of a wedding,” said Ethan.
“That’s why brides and grooms get so messed up in the head, because you’re catering for everyone else apart from yourself and you take the happiness out of it. We couldn’t be anymore happy,” said Ethan.
“You can still get a little stressed with just a small group, so I can’t imagine a big one!” said Alice.