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Bride and groom turn up to wedding in police car

A BRIDE and groom whose wedding car broke down shocked their guests when they rolled up in the back of a police vehicle.

Stephanie and David Ritchie has only just tied the knot and were on the way to their wedding reception when the classic car broke down.


Guests couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the happy couple drive into the venue in the marked police car: Image Tracy McQuillan Photography


The hour long ride from Coats Memorial Church in Paisley to the Lochside House Hotel in New Cumnock proved too much for the vintage car.

Stranded at the side of the road, and even overtaken by the bus carrying their guests to the party, if fell to PC Lynsey Arthur to save the day.


Stephanie and David Ritchie in the back of the police car: Image Tracy McQuillan Photography



Bemused guests couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the happy couple drive into the venue in the marked police car – with the lights flashing.

Wedding photographer Tracy McQuillan, who was in the car just ahead of the couple, said: “We sped ahead and stopped at a temporary set of traffic lights.

“There was no sign of the bride.”



PC Lynsey Arthur helps the bride out of the car: Image Tracy McQuillan Photography


The photographer arrived at the reception, ready to take photos of the bride and groom as they arrived but after 10 minutes there was still no sign of them.

“The guest bus arrived. It had passed the bride pulled over at the side with a police car behind it,” she said.


The happy couple finally make it to their reception: Image Tracy McQuillan Photography



“Five minutes later the police car came up with the lights flashing. We couldn’t believe it.

“The bride’s car broke down when it left the church on the way to the venue.”

Speaking about what happened to the wedding car, Tracy said: “It was a long drive, they stopped at the lights and couldn’t get it started again.


PC Arthur poses with for a photo: Image Tracy McQuillan Photography


“We still have no idea what happened to the guy and his car. I’ve no idea if he is still there.”

She continued: “For the rest of the day people couldn’t stop talking about it.

“The police officer was amazing – she delivered the couple safely to the wedding, posed for a quick photo and then got back in her car and went back to work.”


Earlier in the day as the bride arrived at the church, behind is the car that later broke down: Image Tracy McQuillan Photography


Tracy added: “She was still on duty. She had the lights on but no siren.”

PC Arthur from Cumnock police office said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be of assistance to such a lovely couple on the most important day of their lives.


Stephanie and David Ritchie pose for a photo in the back of the vintage car, just before it breaks down: Image: Tracy McQuillan Photography


“They were so thankful I stopped and offered to transport them to the hotel. It wasn’t quite the transport they had hoped to arrive in but I managed to keep their spirits high and keep them happy and smiling all the way to their venue.

“It was a truly magical moment for me as a police officer to be able to assist at such a critical moment on their wedding day. It certainly had me smiling the entire day and I wish them all the best.”

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