Family in Jacksonville can’t travel to England, but video captures the day
| Florida Times-Union
Family and friends from Northeast Florida and beyond couldn’t come to Mark and Nicola Pollitt’s pandemic lockdown wedding in England, so they passed around a cellphone and had the few people there video it to post on Facebook.
The whole day was a rousing success, even though one of the filmers inadvertently turned the camera backward and filmed themself instead of the wedding for a good 10 minutes.
“This mobile phone was like a hot potato,” Nicola said. “No one wanted to touch it.”
Still, even the weather cooperated — which was hardly a sure thing in notoriously rainy York, the ancient city where the Pollitts were married near the little village where they live.
It was a “magical day,” Nicola said, but one tinged with sadness that family couldn’t be there.
“Heartbreaking,” she said. “But the world is in a mess, isn’t it?”
Mark, a native of England, lived in Jacksonville for 10 years, from 1991 to 2001, where he ran a franchise supplying DJs to parties and corporate events. He still has a Jaguars cap he likes to wear around York, and he’s in London for every Jags game there.
His son Warren, his wife and their two children couldn’t make it from Jacksonville.
Nicola’s son, his wife and their baby couldn’t make it from Sweden. And her two sisters, now Floridians living in New Smyrna Beach and Deland, couldn’t make it either.
The Pollitts were married at the York Register Office Sept. 12, in a ceremony limited to 10 people, including the officiant and photographer. The colors were shocking pink and gold, and there was a 92-year-old Austin automobile to take them away. Friends and villagers helped them with their cake and her veil and wedding dress.
The Pollitts plan to have another ceremony, wide open to family and friends, on the beach in Florida, once the coronavirus pandemic is tamed, or a vaccine available. Same with their honeymoon in Iceland.
Who knows when that will be though?
Mark was born in England and lived there until 1976 when his family emigrated to the San Francisco area. He became a U.S. citizen six years later and spent 20 years in the Army and Air Force.
After some time in Spain, taking care of his parents, he returned to England and took an IT job at an American school at Memwirth Hill, a U.S.-English Air Force base.
They’re both divorced and met six years ago on match.com. He’s 63 and she’s 58.
They share an interest in travel landscape photography (he showcases his on a website, masterofphotography.com). He proposed to Nicola at the Trevi Fountain in Rome two years ago.
“We’re friends,” Nicola said. “We have a laugh every day. We’re mates, you know?”
They weren’t planning a wedding this year, they said, but a worldwide pandemic makes you look at life differently.
“In lockdown, coronavirus was really frightening us,” Nicola said. “We wanted to put our lives in order, if that makes sense. We wanted to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. We’re very much in love, but we wanted to get married for security reasons, didn’t we?“
There is this to consider, the Pollitts said: She has a heart condition that could make her vulnerable, and he, though healthy, is 63.
“At least we’ve got the happiness now,” Nicola said, “because who knows what the coronavirus brings?”