Bride hitchhiked to wedding after vintage car broke down


A bride had to hitchhike to church after her wedding car broke down.

Shenice Beirne, 28, found herself stranded on a country road in her wedding dress when the vintage Ford car transporting her to church “just stopped working”.

Shenice and her sister, Siobahn Ellis, were left trying to hitchhike to the church – as puzzled drivers passed them for about 15 minutes.

Luckily, Shenice, Siobahn, and their mother Gloria were eventually rescued, when passing tourists Matt and Michelle Moore stopped to help – and drove them half an hour to the church.

That meant Shenice, 28, of Gloucester, was finally able to walk down the aisle and marry her husband Sean on August 7 – albeit an hour later than expected.



Shenice Beirne and her sister Siobahn Ellis

Shenice, a dance teacher, said, “It was the most unimaginable thing that could have happened.

“We had prepared at the Upton-on-Severn site in the morning, then got into the charming vintage Ford car for our way to Gloucester Church.

“Because we were in a classic collector’s car, we decided to take the back roads rather than the highway.

“But shortly after we left, we heard this noise coming from the car, and it broke down. It stopped.

“I couldn’t believe it. My sister had actually joked when we walked in, ‘What if this breaks down?’ We all looked at each other when it happened.

“The driver tried and tried to start it, but nothing happened.

“The bridesmaids’ car was behind us, so I told them to go on to the church, drop off the bridesmaids, then come back and get us.

“But the church was still about half an hour away, so it would have taken a good hour.”

Thankfully, Shenice kept a cool head – and told her sister and bridesmaid Siobahn to get out there and hitchhike.

She said: “At first I borrowed the driver’s phone and tried to call a few taxi companies – but they were absolutely no help. I don’t think they thought it was. it was my wedding day.

“So I told my sister we were going to have to go out and hitchhike.

“There were cars driving past us for about 10 to 15 minutes before someone finally decided to stop and ask if we were okay and if we needed help.”

The heroes of the day were Matt and Michelle Moore, both 44 – who had just driven to Gloucester for the day from Dudley, West Mids.

Shenice, Siobahn and Gloria slipped into the back of the couple’s Mercedes C-200 and arrived at St Barnabas Church in Gloucester about an hour late for the wedding.

Shenice added, “Fortunately, the bridesmaids were able to come to the site and explain to my husband and everyone else what was going on.

“Sean and I are both pretty laid back people, so he saw the fun side of his bride having to hitchhike to church.

“I’m just glad I managed to stay calm and not be stressed out, otherwise it could have ruined the rest of my day.”



Shenice Beirne and her husband Sean Beirne
Shenice Beirne and her husband Sean Beirne

Shenice even insisted that the wedding photographer take a photo of her, Siobahn and Gloria with Matt and Michelle, in remembrance of the amusing accident.

And while they were worried about how they were going to get back to Upton-on-Severn for the wedding reception, his trusty vintage wedding car showed up about ten minutes after the nuptials, after the driver managed to fix it.

Now Shenice and Sean, also 28, are preparing to fly to Lanzarote on Thursday for a honeymoon – and she hopes getting there will be easier than getting to her wedding.

Matt and Michelle said they were just “happy to help”.

Matt, who works as a welder-fabricator, said, “It’s not every Saturday morning that you see something like this.

“We just did what we could to help. I was surprised when she said the cars were driving past them for about 15 minutes.

“When we got to church, everyone was there to shout and cheer and sing our praises. But all we really did was take charge of it.

“We got married five years ago, and you would like to hope that if this was you in this situation, someone would stop and help you.”

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