Two Longridge families have linked up for the weddings of their daughters, friends since childhood and both named Sarah.
Celebrating were the Hicks and Nixon families, with bride Sarah Hicks and bridegroom Jonathon Nixon married at St Paul’s Church in Longridge, and former St Paul’s chorister and bride Sarah Turner “tying the knot” with bridegroom James Davy at Blackburn Cathedral.
Sarah Hicks is the daughter of Anne and Andrew Hicks, from St Ives but formerly of Longridge, and her bridegroom is the son of Joan and Gordon Nixon, of Lancaster.
Sarah Turner, daughter of John and Gillian Turner of Longridge, met James at the cathedral during her brother Jonathan’s year there as an organ scholar.
James was the assistant director of music at Blackburn Cathedral and is now organist and master of choristers at Chelmsford Cathedral.
For the marriage of professional skateboarder Jonathan and Sarah, the church pews were adorned with white skateboards with large white helium balloons attached
Bridesmaids were Taylor Husdan, the bride’s niece, and bridegroom’s daughter Harriet Nixon, while page boys were Tarka and Jonah Liddle, nephews of the bride.
They were all accompanied down the isle by Peanut, Sarah’s chocolate Labrador, who had special permission from the vicar to attend.
The reception was in festival form with children’s activities, a hog roast, camping, skateboarding, a dressing up box, kite flying, bouncy castle and several fat suits.
Sarah Turner was given away by her father and wore an ivory gown made by Anne Dewhurst, of Longridge. She was attended by six bridesmaids.
Organist was Philip Rushforth, from Chester Cathedral, Blackburn Cathedral choirs were conducted by Samuel Hudson, the setting for the nuptial mass was Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, and Canon Andrew Hindley led the service.
The Renaissance Singers, of which Sarah is a former member, sang during the signing of the register. Jonathan Turner read one of the lessons and played the organ before the service began.
Prayers were led by Canon Simon Pothen, of Chelmsford Cathedral, who is Sarah and James’s next door neighbour.
A drinks reception was held in the cathedral’s south transept, during which music specially written by James for Sarah on their wedding day was performed by Phillipa Hyde, accompanied by husband Richard Tanner, the cathedral’s former director of music.