Two Good Samaritans saved a bride’s big day when it was fewer than 48 hours from disaster.
Diane Clemmey was devastated when she was told at the last minute that her promised photographer and transport would no longer be available at her wedding.
But when they heard of her plight two local businesses stepped in at the shortest of notice to give their services – absolutely free.
Care worker Diane had booked her wedding at Christmas and had excitedly been making plans for it with her mother, Linda Clemmey – who as an employee of a corporate entertainment company was told it would take care of photography and transport for her daughter as a gift.
But tragedy struck in April when Linda died suddenly at the age of 66.
Devastated Diane, of Church Road, Barcombe, thought about calling off the wedding but was persuaded to go ahead as it would have been what her mother would have wanted.
But a bombshell telephone call came on Thursday last week.
The Surrey-based company her mother worked for pulled out of the deal, saying because she was deceased it was no longer obliged to do it.
“I was in absolute despair,” said Diane, 46. “It was a terrible shock.”
Then a family friend, who preferred not to be named, swung into action. They made some telephone calls explaining the situation – and secured the two essential wedding ingredients that were missing.
Racing to the rescue came Falcon Wedding Cars, of Ringmer, and Aspects Photography, of Eastbourne – and neither charged a penny.
It meant Diane had the day of her dreams when she married Philip Harmer, 52, a fleet driver for the NHS, at St Mary’s Church, Barcombe, on Saturday.
She travelled in style to the church in a gleaming Beauford and has professional pictures that capture the very essence of the happy occasion.
“They didn’t just save the day, they made the day,” said Diane. “They were so jolly – and so sensitive about my mum. I really can’t thank them enough for everything they did.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful day. Almost surreal.
“It’s not often you hear about the kindness of complete strangers. They were so lovely and couldn’t do enough for us.”
It was all as if it was meant to be. By a strange coincidence the scarlet paintwork of the Beauford matched the dresses of her four bridesmaids.
The church was packed with nearly 90 friends and family of the happy couple.