An East Devon couple’s May marriage will make history and be televised because it is the first to be held in the 247-history of their wedding venue.
Mark Perry and Jemma Page, from Coombe, will marry in Belvedere Tower at Powderham Castle, two years after meeting online.
The couple, who got engaged in lockdown March 2020, have revealed their wedding will appear on American television channel Smithsonian TV, who is filming a documentary on romantic British estates and castles when the ceremony takes place.
Jemma, who moved 200 miles to East Devon to create a bubble with Mark ahead of the first coronavirus lockdown, said: “Our wedding will be televised on Smithsonian TV.
“The producer couldn’t believe his luck that our wedding is the week they are there filming, so the crew will film the ceremony and interview us during the week beforehand.”
Mark, who was gamekeeper to the royal family on the Sandringham estate for more than 30 years, met Jemma through online dating site, Muddy Matches.
Jemma said after the uncertainty of lockdown, the couple was ‘thrilled’ their wedding could go ahead as planned.
She said: “We celebrated our engagement with family and friends over Zoom and we had to wait three months for things to open up again so I could collect an engagement ring.”
She added: “This is the second wedding for both of us, so we agreed an intimate day with very close friends and family is right for us.
“Lockdown has been great in giving us yet more time to plan, but if nothing had changed or numbers had gone down to six again, we will still have gone ahead.”
After the ceremony the newly-weds will celebrate tying the knot at Combe, near Gittisham, where Mark works as a head groundsman.