Your article: Couple hoping it’s third time lucky to tie knot

Jo Florence and Colin Barnes with their two children, Loren and Jake.
Jo Florence and Colin Barnes with their two children, Loren and Jake.

A Pocklington couple will finally tie the knot in June after being forced to cancel their wedding twice in 2015.

Jo Florence and Colin Barnes, who own and run The Mile Farm Shop and Smile Cafe, on Pocklington’s The Mile, initially planned to get married in June last year but cancelled the wedding after Jo’s mother sadly died. Then less than a month before their rearranged wedding in August, Jo had a serious horse riding accident that left her in a wheelchair for two months and on crutches for a further eight weeks.

On 5 June, the couple, who met in a Pocklington pub in 1997 and have two children, Loren and Jake, will get married in Burnby Hall before enjoying a marquee reception at their Farm Shop camping site.

The couple have paid tribute to local suppliers for ensuring the wedding could be arranged despite a lack of wedding insurance. Jo said: “When I could leave the hospital, a week after the accident, we considered if the wedding could go ahead but I couldn’t stand up at all and I didn’t want to get married in the wheelchair. We had no wedding insurance and we dreaded the thought of calling suppliers to cancel.”

“But to our surprise, all the suppliers we had booked for our wedding were very understanding and agreed to wait until we could rearrange the wedding and didn’t ask for any cancellation payments. Thanks to their amazing generosity and kindness we can finally get married this June.”

“We’re so thankful to our suppliers, including Tastes Divine Catering from Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Premier Event Marquees in Goole, Wold Top Brewery in Driffield, DJ Darren Coates from Malton, Burnby Hall, East Riding Council and Pocklington photographer Elaine Gladstone.”