Bride Whose Vintage Car Broke Down On Way to Wedding Gets Ride From Police

A woman about to get hitched did not not expect to be a hitchhiker to her own wedding.

Lydia Evans-Hughes needed police help to get her to the altar after the vintage car she was taking to the church broke down on the side of a busy road.

The 29-year-old in her wedding gown cut a striking sight on the side of the road with her parents, Yvette and Alan Fletcher, as they cursed the car which in her words had "given up the ghost," after only five miles.

Police Inspector Matt Geddes of North Wales Police pulled over when he saw them on the A55 road near Chester, northwest England, and offered to get her to the church on time.

Lydia Evans-Hughes was heading to the church when the vintage car broke down

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His gesture meant she made a more dramatic bridal entrance than usual and the bridal party arrived at St Mary's Church in the town of Eccleston, in a police car with its blue lights flashing, while the guests, and her husband-to-be, Tidur Evans-Hughes, 31, waited.

When she was offered the lift, Lydia Evans-Hughes, of Wrexham, North Wales, said, "that was the first time in the day that I had tears of relief," Cheshire Live reported.

"I was worried I'd have to climb over the crash barrier and be left stood at the side of the road," she added.

"Because of how fast it all happened and how promptly they turned up I wasn't very late at all, you couldn't have planned it better," she said. "I'm just incredibly happy. All in all, it did go brilliantly."

The COVID pandemic had already delayed their nuptials twice and the blue-light arrival on August 26 made the ceremony even more memorable.

"The most incredible and sincere thanks to the police. Without them what would we have done?"

"The fact we were finally able to have our day and everyone was able to be there is just priceless," she said, "it was such a lovely ending.

Traffic Wales tweeted about the incident and an image of the bridal party left stranded on the highway as cars whizzed by.

"The course of true love never did run smooth," it said, adding that its traffic officers removed the vehicle while police gave her a lift to the ceremony. "Wishing the bride & groom all the best!"

Geddes said he was "glad to have been of help" in what must have been "a stressful situation" for the bridal party.

"The bride looked beautiful, the sun was shining and she was only a little late. I hope the couple have a wonderful day and a long and happy life together."

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A stock photo of a bride's wedding dress. A bride in England required a police car to take her to her wedding after the vintage car broke down on the way to the ceremony. Getty