Sophie Holt-Wilson and Adam Chappell were married in a church that had once belonged to Sophie’s family over three hundred years ago and has been closed for the past five years after being declared pastorally redundant.
The bride is a direct descendent of Sir John Holt who was the Lord Chief Justice for King William III and Queen Mary II in the Seventeenth century and the Church of St Mary was built by the Abbots of the Benedictine Abbey of St Edmundsbury in the Fourteenth century.
Sophie and Adam exchanged their vows in front of family and friends in what was a ‘one off’ wedding ceremony and the couple felt very privileged to get married in the church that is only used six times a year for Sunday worships and funerals. Special permission had to be applied for them to get married in the church.
While the bells that had been silent for five years were ringing out the newlyweds were driven to their family home reception in Redgrave on a tractor.
Earlier this year the church of St Mary made the headlines when a woman fell through the floor and coffins belonging to the Holt family were discovered.
Author - Pauline