A COUPLE'S wedding was made even more memorable when a digging machine came to the rescue.

Tracey Heath, whose maiden name is Gibbs, made a dramatic entrance when she arrived at her wedding venue in St Asaph with her bridesmaids on an JCB Fastrac with a loading shovel.

Tracey, 53, made her grand entrance on the back of the vehicle on Saturday, June 8 when arriving at St Asaph Parish Church. She then joined her new husband Ian, 49, on the impressive machine to their reception at the Spring Gardens.

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The new Mr and Mrs Heath!

The vehicle belonged to a farmer friend of Tracey and Ian's; Simon Frost drove the JCB Fastrac wearing his best suit with top hat. Andrew Kippax lent it to the lovebirds.

The friend stepped in after a limo company from the West Midland let them couple down.

The situation has since been resolved privately.

Speaking to the Journal from their honeymoon destination, Tracey, who moved to St Asaph two years ago from Birmingham, said: "I love quirky things and like to do things differently.

"Apparently Simon said as a joke we could use it and Ian jumped at the chance. I knew nothing until it turned up outside at 2.30pm.

"My daughter drove in front ensuring traffic stopped to allow us through. It felt like the whole of St Asaph.

"There was cars beeping and stopping to take photos.

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Tracey and her bridesmaids

"The journey to Spring Gardens was awesome as we went all the way to Rhuddlan and back, again with cars beeping and slowing down."

Tracey and Ian enjoyed a hog roast at the reception. There was also a burger van, ice cream and candy floss due to their being about 40 children in attendance.

Rhyl band Contagious played.

The couple are honeymooning in the Dominican Republic, something that Tracey was able to keep as a surprise for her new husband.

"I'm not sure how I kept it a secret to be honest but all airport staff were fabulous as were passport check. They didn't say a thing he only knew as we boarded," Tracey added.

"I think our wedding will be talked about for along time as it was so unique but also because it was a roller coaster ride as three weeks before Ian collapsed and was rushed to hospital.

"Two weeks before he had an operation so at one point we didn't think we could get married.

"I think both the church and Spring Gardens were amazed as were all the guests.

"Journey was fabulous, but maybe a little bumpy at times."