Cumbria couple tied knot after three Covid-19 wedding delays

It was third time lucky for a couple who had to change their wedding plans three times due to Covid.

Laura Charnock, a sales rep with Murray Farmcare, and farmer James Tinning, from Mossband, Longtown eventually were able to go ahead with their wedding on 22 May at St Mary’s Church, Bewcastle.

The couple met through mutual friends more than 10 years ago and got engaged at home in 2018.


The bride wore a dress and veil designed and made by Jacquie Kidd with the bride’s own input into the style. A wedding jacket was made by Fiona Foster from Tallulah Reiver Emporium, Brampton.

Robin Elliott and Simon Ellis, friends of the groom, were best men and Will Tinning, the groom’s brother, and friends Diccon Sutcliffe and Thomas Carruthers carried out the ushers’ duties.

The bride had two maids of honour – her sister Lucy Taylor and best friend Emily Maudsley and best friends Rachel Ardley and Laura Dickinson were bridesmaids. Due Covid number restrictions the page boys Douglas Elliott, Charlie Elliott and Jack Charnock together with flower girls Connie and Elsie Maudsley took part in the photos outside the church and Harry Tinning, also a page boy, attended the reception for photos.


The bride’s and bridesmaids’ jewellery was made by close friend Sally Spencer of Saughs Farm and the wedding rings were supplied by Michael King of Wigton. Wedding flowers were arranged by Miss Adorn Flowers, the groom’s mother Lynda Tinning. The bride and bridesmaids carried hand ties of Memory Lane roses, rosemary, eucalyptus, Avalanche roses, thistles, Veronica and wax flowers and the groomsmen wore buttonholes of roses, rosemary, eucalyptus and thistles.

The bride and groom travelled on a tractor supplied by Lloyds. A reception for 30 guests was held on the groom’s family farm with Tipis and catering organised and supplied by Skitby House. The tables were decorated with hessian and lace runners with pearl and wooden candle holders containing hearts and fresh flowers. The top table had a create personalised with the words Mr and Mrs Tinning with a cascade of flowers.


A three tier wedding cake of salted caramel, raspberry and white chocolate was made by Alison Fawkes. The couple’s first dance was to She’s in love with the boy by Trisha Yearwood. The bride’s grandmother, Mrs Maureen Charnock, was able to attend the wedding despite having been unwell and sadly passed away a week after the wedding. “We were so happy she made it to our special day, ”said Laura.

The wedding was recorded in photographs by Jill at Harringtons.