Mum marries daughter on emotional day

The Rev Beverley Stark and husband David with daughter Hannah before her wedding at Waltham Church on Saturday EMN-150505-104625001

The Rev Beverley Stark and husband David with daughter Hannah before her wedding at Waltham Church on Saturday EMN-150505-104625001

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It’s normally an emotional day for the mother of the bride on her wedding day so when mum is also conducting the service it’s quite an experience for her.

And that was exactly what happened to the Rev Beverley Stark on Saturday as she married daughter Hannah at Waltham Church.

Hannah, who married Gary Gelder, was given away by dad David, who had a day off from his duties as church organist at the church, St Mary Magdalene.

Rev Stark said: “There are two bits of a wedding which are particularly emotional for me.

“One is when the bride comes down the aisle and you really have to steel yourself when it is your daughter and husband coming in.

“And the other is when you proclaim the couple as man and wife, particularly when it is your own daughter.

“I must admit it also got to me when I asked who was giving the bride away and my husband said ‘I do’.”

Before the service Hannah and David walked the 200 yards from the family home to church.

“Hannah actually didn’t want me to do her wedding initially but she changed her mind and she absolutely loved it,” said Rev Stark, who also married her other daughter, Jessica Barnet, four years previously, and has Christened her grandson.

“It is a real privilege to take weddings, as it is with funerals and Christenings.

“You come into people’s lives at a very important time and, of course, when it is someone in your own family it is really extra special.”

Following the wedding service there was a reception for around 70 guests at the Chequers pub at Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir.

The congregation at Waltham Church was treated the following day to wedding cake, cup cakes and wine as an extra celebration.

Rev Stark, who is rector of the seven-strong group of Ironstone Churches, added: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and it was lovely to get changed after the service and enjoy the party.”