A COUPLE are celebrating the success of finally tying the knot on New Year's Eve after their wedding date was moved twice due to Covid-19.

Michael Robson, 30 and Emily Young, 29, have been family friends since they were young.

The couple started dating in 2011 and since then, the Hexham couple have been inseparable.

In April 2019, on their eight-year anniversary, electrical supervisor at Egger UK, Michael decided to pop the question to un-expecting Emily.

Recalling the day, beauty therapist Emily said: “Michael took me to the Nightingale Garden pub opposite Big Ben.

“I had no clue at all! Just shocked after eight years he managed to keep it a secret!”

From then, the couple started to plan their stag and hen dos.

The couple were very excited, but Covid disrupted the plans.

Emily said: “We stayed local due to Covid still being around, so we didn’t bother doing anything exciting or adventurous.

“My hen do was in Newcastle and Michael’s was in York.”

It was not the last time Covid would cause chaos for the couple, as it rearranged the wedding date several times.

Emily said: “The wedding date was moved twice due to Covid before we eventually got married on New Year's Eve.”

The couple got married at Hexham abbey, where Emily walked down the aisle in a beautiful Enzoani brand dress with maid of honour Kerry Rowlands, Alex Stewart and bridesmaids Danielle Proud , Rebecca Hodgson, Miranda Southern.

Michael was waiting for Emily in a suit from Moss Bros with his bestmen Ben Roberts, Matthew Watson, Scott Davidson and his brothers groomsmen Scott Robson and Jamie Robson.

The couple also had their nephews who were page boys – Oliver Scandle, Samuel Scandle, Nate Rodgerson, Lucas Robson and Oliver Robson.

After a few photographs with each other and family members on the grounds of Hexham Abbey, the couple had friends and family join them at the reception at the Derwent Manor hotel.

Guests and the couple enjoyed a meal at the hotel, which was a pâté to start, beef dinner, and sticky toffee for pudding.

After the meal, it was time to party and for the couple to have their first dance.

Luckily the DJ came with the venue and was able to play Emily’s first dance request.

She said: “It was a song called Anchor by the band Skillet.

“I like my rock music so it wasn’t a song many people would know.”

After the first dance, friends and family joined the couple on the dance floor, where they danced till late in the night.

Recalling their big day, the couple said: “The best bit of the day was coming out the Abbey with the confetti being thrown and hearing all who could make it cheer."