Couple celebrate marriage at McDonald’s after coronavirus cancels wedding plans

A couple were over the moon to marry after months of coronavirus restrictions – so they celebrated by getting a McDonald’s.

Melissa Russell, 27, and Shannon McKenna, 26, were in a relationship for six years but had no plans to wed.

It wasn’t until the Covid-19 pandemic that they realised they wanted to tie the knot.

They started planning their big day but ran into obstacles along the way.

Their hopes of having a marquee in their garden were dashed due to restrictions, along with a hotel stay they tried to book.

So McDonald's worker Melissa spoke to her boss, Kate Walker, about the difficulties they were facing, and was astonished when she pulled out all the stops to give them a dream wedding reception in the fast food restaurant.

After being married by a humanist celebrant in Chatelherault Country House, in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, they went to Melissa's workplace in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

On October 31, colleagues were on hand to help her 18 guests celebrate with Maccies meals.

The feasted on a three course meal with the option of Mozzarella Dippers or Chicken Selects for starters, anything off the menu for a main course, and ice cream sundaes served in crystal glasses, or apple pie and ice cream.

Instead of dishing out the food in the usual way, employees plated everything up nicely

And the couple were so chuffed with how the reception turned out.

Melissa, who wore a white Grecian-style wedding gown, said: "It was an absolutely fabulous day.

"Kate is such a lovely, helpful person and she went above and beyond, she did so many things we didn't expect, she got the tables decorated.

"We had a three course meal with cutlery, there was a choice of starters which were served on a bed of salad.

"I think the guests were more excited about having a sit-down meal at McDonald's.

"My colleagues treated me like a princess, they waited on us hand and foot. It was the best McDonald's I have ever had."

As Melissa’s father, Charlie Russell, 55, is ill, the couple were determined to get hitched before a second lockdown.

The proud dad was able to give his daughter away to Shannon, who wore a unique black dress with feathers.

They were greeted by a piper who provided music to guests as the arrived at the reception.

A proper first dance wasn’t possible, but they all had an informal jig anyway.

The wedding party posed for pictures in the McDonald’s outlet Melissa has worked in for six years.

Shannon, who works as a dog groomer, added: "It was so out there and different, I really did appreciate everything about it."

The newlyweds then spent a night in Loch Lomond, Argyll and Bute, for a brief honeymoon, before returning home.

Melissa, now Mrs McKenna, added: "It was a day we will never forget.

"It took for us to get through a pandemic to think 'what are we waiting for?'

"We wanted to make sure my dad could be there to walk me down the aisle."

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