A BEAUTIFUL bride had even more cause to blush as her firefighter colleagues surprised her by raising their axes in a ceremonial arch as she emerged from St Bartholomew’s Church with her new husband.
Sparks flew as Laura and Martin McCabe tied the knot in Tardebigge on Friday (August 7) after 12 years together.
The newly-weds were left speechless after the surprise which they said made their day.
“It was so lovely, so thoughtful,” Laura added. “We are very lucky to have such lovely people around us.”
Laura is the only female firefighter serving on Redditch Fire Station’s Blue Watch and also serves as a retained firefighter at Droitwich Fire Station.
The team slipped into the vestry to change into full uniform as the newly-weds were signing the register and were waiting outside as the happy couple emerged.
Laura recalled how as she made her way down the aisle on Martin’s arm she was wondering where her colleagues had gone but had no idea what they were planning.
Stephanie Brittain, mother-of-the-bride, said: “It was absolutely magical – everything went to plan and it was all so beautiful.”
The surprise was the finishing touch to a fairy-tale day that the couple had been waiting for since they met during a Young Firefighters Association (YFA) demonstration when Laura was just 16 and a cadet.
“It has always been her dream to be a firefighter,” said Stephanie. “When her father John and I first took her to the YFA we thought it was just a five minute wonder but she’s never looked back.”
Following the ceremony, which was performed by Rev Richard Johnson Laura’s colleagues were full of compliments.
“They were all saying how well she scrubs up,” Stephanie added. “They’re used to seeing her with her hair scraped back under a hat.”
The couple, who have two young sons, will travel to the Costa-del-Sol for their honeymoon after attending V Festival next weekend at Weston Park – a tradition they used to enjoy when they first met.
Laura added: “Martin is an amazing husband. I am so lucky to have him – becoming his wife is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”