A COUPLE whose wedding was cancelled found their own unique way to celebrate what should have been their big day.

Jayde Edwards and Terry Merritt from Lancing had been all set to tie the knot at Field Place Manor House in Worthing earlier this month.

The reception and service had taken them two years of planning before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Jayde, 25, who works at the Old Tollgate Hotel in Steyning, said: “It was horrible, we were pretty much ready to go when we got told about a month or two before that our wedding was probably not happening.”

So instead, they salvaged what they could from their big day, and had their pictures taken at the wedding venue and a celebratory takeaway and cake afterwards.

They have been together for seven years, and originally met by regularly visiting car shows.

Terry, 28, is an engineer for automotive firm Ricardo, based in Shoreham, and would see Jayde at the events such as at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the New Forest.

They first started dating when they went on a holiday to Turkey with a group of friends including Terry’s brother.

Then on their fifth anniversary of being together, Terry popped the question at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Jayde said they had been due to get married on June 19, but this has now been postponed for one year.

She said: “On the day I was upset, but it was a nice afternoon so we decided to go down to the venue with the dog and take pictures.

“We are definitely looking forward to next year, and have had lots of messages from friends and family. The main thing is everyone being well and being safe.”

She said that while they could not enjoy a generous serving of wedding cake, Terry’s mum made them a cake and Prosecco to enjoy their day instead.