A newly-wed couple say they haven’t stopped smiling since tying the knot last week during Lincolnshire’s first ever marriage in a primary school.
Emma and Keith ‘Jos’ Joslyn chose Huttoft Primary School for their big day in honour of the support it offered during their darkest days.
The couple moved to Lincolnshire for a ‘fresh start’ together after meeting online following the break up of their previous marriages.
But in December 2011 their world came crashing down when Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“When we were hit with the shocking news the school was incredibly supportive - my two children flourished thanks to all the after school provision and help - they were marvellous,” said Emma.
After Emma was given the all clear, the couple could think of nowhere better to marry than the school which helped them through their crisis together.
“It was wonderful, it went really well,” Emma said.
“And to think 10 months ago I was completely bald and not very well at all.”
Emma’s six-year-old daughter Bobby was the ring barer and bridesmaid and her son Ben, 9, gave her away during Friday’s ceremony.
Pupils decorated the school hall along a ‘sunburst’ theme, teachers acted as witnesses, and local businesses also played their part.
Fairytale Cars chauffeured the couple to and from the venue, Farmer Brown’s Ice Cream provided treats for all the young guests and The Fat Seagull in Sutton on Sea was the venue for their wedding meal.
“Everybody involved had a lovely time - it was absolutely wonderful. We’ve not stopped smiling,” said Emma.
Head teacher Alison Hurrell was also bowled over by the enchanting day.
“This afternoon has been a most memorable occasion for everybody involved,” she said.
“I am personally very honoured and proud to have been asked by Emma and Keith to be a part of their wedding in this way and to know that they value the work we do and the care we give to all of our children so highly.”
Emma has expressed her thanks to all involved, Lincoln Hospital for helping her recovery and her new husband for all his support.
“He’d been single for 12 years before I met him and then I turned his life upside down,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have got through my illness without him - he has been wonderful.”