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NATO summit forces change of wedding venue for Welsh couple

by | 20 May 2014 | News

A couple due to marry in Wales later this year has been forced to move their wedding venue due to a major international summit.

Christie Connolly and Sam Holland had booked Cardiff City Hall for their wedding on 5th September, but have since been told they must move their venue because of the NATO summit of world leaders, an event last hosted in Britain 23 years ago.

US president Barack Obama will be among those attending the summit scheduled to be held on 4th and 5th September at the Celtic Manor resort near Newport, but venues elsewhere could also be affected.

Fortunately officials have kindly offered an alternative venue, the city’s grade II-listed Mansion House, the official residence of Cardiff’s Lord Mayor. As the couple had originally wanted to hold their wedding at the Mansion House but couldn’t afford it, they describe the situation as “a nice happy accident”.

Proving they bear no resentment, the couple dropped the US president an email inviting him to both the wedding and the party afterwards to be held at Whitchurch Rugby Club. Although they aren’t expecting an attendance, they have their fingers crossed for a reply.

Wales Online – NATO Summit – Barack Obama

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