Mark and Kimmi Fiander on their wedding day that they rearranged in only 24 hours (Image: M.D. KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY SWNS)

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A couple managed to rearrange their wedding in only 24 hours after new coronavirus restrictions would’ve cancelled their special day.

Kimmi, 38, and Mark Fiander, 40, had planned to get married on New Year's Eve to make they were “ending a terrible year on a high”.

Their original plans to get married in New York, in the US, in September 2019 were postponed and led them to rearrange it for the end of 2020.

But on December 23, when new lockdown measures were announced that would plunge their county of Norfolk into Tier 4, the couple were faced with another postponement.

The new Tier 4 restrictions would come into force from Boxing Day, cancelling the couple’s wedding.

England will now enter a full lockdown from Wednesday.

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Mark and Kimmi Fiander on their wedding day
(Image: M.D. KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY SWNS)

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However, the couple refused to let it stop them and raced to rearrange their wedding at the very last minute.

The pair, from Heacham, Norfolk, were forced to forgo a wedding cake and improvised the bridesmaids' dresses as the couple scrambled around to make sure their big day went ahead in time.

Kimmi phoned up the vicar who got back to her within an hour saying they could be squeezed in the next day.

The two jumped at the chance of walking down the aisle within only hours, despite Kimmi’s dress not arriving until Christmas Eve morning.

They were forced to forgo a wedding cake and improvise bridesmaid dresses for their special day to go ahead
(Image: M.D. KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY SWNS)

The couple called up their 12 guests to tell them of the hastily rearranged plans before they got married at Heacham Church.

Now happily man and wife, the couple are looking forward to spending 2021 planning their honeymoon.

Mark said: "It was a crazy 24 hours.

“But if we hadn’t done it, we’d still not be married now, it had to be Christmas Eve or nothing.

"When the announcement was made The Mrs was pretty upset about it so we had to do something.

Mark and Kimmi Fiander rearranged their wedding in only 24 hours with the help of their local vicar
(Image: Mark Fiander / SWNS)

"We agreed to the wedding for the next day but Kimmi's wedding dress hadn't even arrived

"When the new tier system was announced, we were in Tier 2 things were looking up with the vaccine, so we decided to book a small local on New Years Eve at our village church.

"We had arranged it with our local vicar, Veronica, which would then be followed by a reception at the Rose and Crown.

“But when we finished work on 23rd December we listened to the Tier announcements as everything was changing.

"We were in Tier 2 at the time and we thought we might go to Tier 3 so we could still have the wedding but then they jumped us from Tier 2 to Tier 4.”

After having their wedding rearranged once before, the couple didn't want to see it delayed again and managed to rearrange it in only 24 hours
(Image: Mark Fiander / SWNS)

The couple were left distraught, and Kimmi in tears, as it felt like they’d never be able to get married.

On the off chance their vicar, Veronica, would be able to do something, they rang her up.

Little did they know she was “already working on it”.

As soon as Veronica heard the news she was on the phone to the Bishop, trying to work something out for the couple.

They realised the only way was to squeeze them in before New Years, so she asked the couple if they could do the next day.

Using Zoom, they virtually applied for their marriage licenses and were able to have a happy wedding in the end.

Due to the introduction of Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions, the couple's New Years' Eve wedding would've been cancelled
(Image: M.D. KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY SWNS)

"We had a Christmas themed wedding. Because the two bridesmaids dresses didn't arrive we dressed them in burgundy ones as it fitted with the theme.” Mark said,

He added: "We couldn't get a cake done in time and we had to get extra flowers from the florist as we hadn't finished all that yet.

“We had 15 people all together, me, Kimmi, the vicar Veronica and 12 guests.”

Thankfully, everything went to plan and the couple were happily married at the time.

Mark said: “It wasn’t what we had planned, but we didn’t have time to even think about that, or feel nervous, and I don’t think it could have gone any better.

"We were a bit stressed the day before, we had a lot of work to do and were running around like headless chickens, but we managed to do it!

“Thanks to Veronica’s help, we ended up managing to do everything we’d originally planned for the 31st, just a hell of a lot quicker.

“It was all worth it, there were some things we couldn’t do, like I didn’t get a stag do or anything, but we were too busy to be nervous and the day went really well.”