Stranded bride weds milkman at Register Office

First published in Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @EmmaDunnn

WHEN Carly Taylor and Richard Smith arranged to leave their wedding on a milkfloat, they never imagined it was the transport on the way to the ceremony they should have been worried about.

The bride was left stranded at home in Penhill this morning when the Mercedes her taxi-driver father, Shaun, was due to drive was snowed in in his drive in Old Town.

She appealed for help through the Adver website and BBC Wiltshire, and was rescued by a kind Toothill resident in a 4x4 who took her to the ceremony at Swindon Register Office.

Carly, 30, a full-time mum, said: “I felt awful when I looked outside in the morning. It has had all week to snow and it had to snow on our wedding day.

"I was so relieved when I found out this lady, who I only know was called Gill, wanted to help.

I thanked her so many times, she was absolutely amazing.”

After the ceremony, Richard, 35, who has been a milkman since 2005, drove his bride to the wedding reception at the Pig on the Hill in Old Town on an electric milkfloat.

Carly was wearing a strapless white dress and donned a white fur coat for the journey in a bid to keep warm.

“The idea of the milkfloat started off as a bit of a joke but then it transpired from there.

I asked my boss and he said it was okay and fiction became fact,” said Richard.

“When we found out about the snow forecast we phoned the dairy and they said it shouldn’t be a problem.”

Richard and Carly met online about three years ago.

They have a 20 month old daughter called Jasmine and a 10 month old son called Oscar, and Carly has a nine-year-old son called Jamie.

Richard’s son, Stuart, 15, was the best man. Richard, who works for Dairy Crest, which runs online service milk&more, said: “We knew it was going to snow but we didn’t know how bad.

Carly and I kept in contact with each other overnight and in the morning. “About 30 of our guests weren’t able to make it.

They were coming from Newbury, Wales and London, and some couldn’t make it across Swindon.”

Richard drove his Vauxhall Zafira from his parents’ home in Toothill to get to Swindon Register Office.

He delivers milk in Malmesbury, Park North and Park South, Eldene, Liddington and Wanborough.

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