Couple invites family and friends to their one-year-old's christening – but guests are shocked by the real event
A COUPLE invited friends and family to a church for their little one's christening – but guests were shocked by the real event.
Instead of the baptism visitors were expecting, Jessica and Adam Attwood had secretly planned their wedding instead.
And those invited to the big day had no idea until they arrived.
The pair invited 70 guests to a christening for daughter Lucia, one – and only their parents and the bridal party knew the truth.
Jessica, 26, said the couple planned the day in just three weeks – and spent less than £10,000.
"It was truly magical and just the ‘us’ way of doing things," she said.
"We wouldn’t change a single thing."
She and Adam, 29, became a couple in early 2019 – and within a year, they were expecting the arrival of their daughter, born during the height of the first lockdown in April 2020.
As restrictions eased, they started to plan her christening – and came up with the idea for a double celebration.
Jessica said: “We were booking our daughter’s christening and actually joked about getting married on the same day.
"We looked at each other and just knew it’s what we were going to do.
“We’ve had a pretty awful 18 months with Lucia being a lockdown baby and not being able to see friends and family that much.
“We just thought it would be a lovely surprise for everyone to lift people’s spirits.
“It was also Adam’s dad's 60th birthday so wanted him to have a special day to remember."
Adam proposed three weeks later in the Lake District.
The pair, who live in Cheshire, say their big surprise made planning easier – as they could concentrate on exactly what they wanted.
"Everything was on our terms," Jessica said.
'THE MOST MAGICAL DAY'
“We knew it was going to be the best surprise ever, so we held onto that feeling to make sure we didn’t slip up."
Guests only learned it was a wedding when they spotted a sign outside the church.
“It wasn’t about spending money. We had the bare minimum but had the most magical day," Jessica said.
The family are now onto their next adventure, having just accepted an offer on their house so they can follow their dreams of moving to Australia.
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