Gareth Yardley and Lyndsey Holmes will tie the knot in a spectacular Christmas wedding at Holy Trinity – two years after he proposed to her surrounded by camels at The Live Nativity.
The couple played the part of Mary and Joseph at the church’s Christmas street spectacular, while their newly-born baby, Sidney, took the role of Jesus.
In front of thousands of onlookers and a cast of nativity characters including angels, shepherds, wise men, real camels and sheep, Gareth got down on one knee to pop the question.
“I couldn’t think of a better time to do it,” said Gareth, a welder and active member of Holy Trinity’s men’s group.
“We both love Christmas and it was so magical to be involved in the Live Nativity. I’ll never forget that moment – I’m just so relieved she said yes. It’s going to be really special getting married at Holy Trinity at Christmas. We wanted to invite the camels but I think they’re a bit busy!”
Holy Trinity’s pioneer minister Revd Matt Woodcock, who helped Gareth make the secret proposal happen, said: “Gareth’s marriage proposal outside that stable surrounded by shepherds and camels was a magical moment. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stable! They’re a lovely family and I can’t wait to marry them.”
Gareth and Lyndsey, who regularly attend Holy Trinity’s 9.30am service, get married on December 22nd. Guests will sing traditional carols instead of the usual hymns.
Holy Trinity’s Live Nativity takes place on Saturday, December 20th, from 1.30pm at St Stephen’s Shopping Centre.