A Northampton couple who used Haribo sweets for wedding bands when they were burgled the night before their marriage have finally got their dream rings - courtesy of a charitable top designer.
Natalie Norris, 39, and her husband David, 43, made do with simple red jelly rings, which they promptly ate, after their real £900 rings were stolen following a raid at their home in Milton Street North, Kingsley, on the eve of their ceremony in June.
The couple, who run the Roadmender nightclub in the town, were determined to not let the thefts spoil their big day and tied the knot with matching rings from a 99p pack of Haribo children’s sweets.
The jelly sweets were even blessed by the vicar.
But after hearing about their plight, jewellery designer Vashi Dominguez - who runs www.vashi.com - stepped in to offer them new bands of their choice from his collection.
Natalie said: “We were gob-smacked by the gesture. The new rings are more expensive than the rings which were stolen and are just as special to us.
“We wanted to do something good with the insurance money so we are doing a raffle for charity.”
David said: “The wedding was still the best day of my life - there was no way the thieves were going to stop us having the best party ever.
“The icing on the cake has been our new rings - they are lovely.”
Mr Dominguez, known creating jewellery for celebrities such as Binky Felstead from Made In Chelsea, said he wanted to help when he heard the couple’s story.
He said: “What really impressed me was how they soldiered on and had a brilliant wedding even when their rings were disintegrating as they exchanged their vows.
“It’s that kind of spirit which we love in Britain.
“I was happy to provide new rings for free and I think they have chosen two of the most beautiful bands from our collection.”
Police are still hunting the thieves who also stole jewellery belonging to David’s late mother, who died in February.