Wedding bells rang out for the first time in Hampton as a key fundraiser tied the knot with her new husband in the first marriage ceremony at the new church.
Duncan Garfield and Emma Garrod made their vows in front of family and friends at Christ the Servant King Church in Hampton on Saturday.
The wedding was made even more special as Emma had been part of the fundraising team which helped bring a church building to the township in the south of Peterborough. The church, which cost £1.65 million to build, was only completed last autumn following years of fundraising.
Last summer Emma even used 40 different modes of transport to travel to Sheffield to raise money for the church.
She said: “The church serves and supports the community in Hampton.”
The new building was filled with daffodils and yellow spring flowers as the emotional service took place, with more than 100 guests filling the seats for the special occasion.
Following the wedding the couple went on their honeymoon to Madeira, but Reverend Sylvia Kinder, who carried out the service, said it was an important milestone for the community.
She said: “It is the very first time we have had a wedding here in Hampton.
“It is certainly the first in the church, and there is nowhere else here that is licenced for weddings. In the past, couples from Hampton who wanted to get married would have to travel to Yaxley for the ceremony, so it is nice for us to be able to carry out ceremonies here.
“I was very excited to be able to carry out the service on Saturday for Emma and Duncan.”
The church building was only opened last year in Silver Hill, with a dedication service taking place in September involving the Bishop of Peterborough and the Bishop of Ely.
Before the building was opened, the congregation used to meet in school halls on Sunday mornings, and residents had taken part in a long campaign to get a permanent church building before the new site was identified.
The church had been formed in 1999 for the new community in Hampton.
Rev Kinder, who has been the vicar at the church since 2012 having moved from Werrington in Peterborough, said Emma’s involvement in the campaign had made the service extra special.
She said: “Emma has been attending the church since she moved to Hampton.
“She was part of an original group of four people who were involved in fundraising and looking at applications for the church.
“The fact that the first wedding involved someone who has been part of the congregation for so long, and helped get the church here, did make it extra special.”