An unlucky bride had no idea what she was in for when she started to plan her dream wedding.
Sophie Bohun, 31, is in the running to be crowned Britain’s unluckiest bride after a series of mishaps ended with her big day being cancelled.
She should have known things may not go as smoothly as she’d like when her fiancé Matt Stevens backed out from proposing to her twice, report the Sunday Mirror.
Matt, 40, first planned to propose to Sophie on top of a volcano in Bali at sunrise, but his nerves got the better of him once they climbed to the top.
The next time he tried to wine and dine Sophie in a posh London restaurant – but backed out again for fears the place was too busy.
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Eventually Sophie said yes to Matt when he finally asked her in bed one morning and they started to plan a Cuban beach wedding for 24 guests and set the date for October 22 last year.
But things quickly went wrong after Matts 62-year-old mum Elaine had a bad fall in her kitchen and developed an infection.
She could barely walk and doctors told her she may not be able to fly.
Just days after the bad news, Sophie’s sister Kirsty, 38, was diagnosed with mouth cancer.
Her emergency operation was booked in for the same week as the wedding.
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The couple decided to go ahead without Kirsty anyway – despite her being the chief bridesmaid.
Sophie said: “We were all devastated. Kirsty’s health was more important than the wedding but everything was already booked so we felt we had to go ahead.
“Kirsty’s children Bertie, who is four, and seven-year-old Beatrice were meant to be my page boy and flower girl, along with their cousins, but they wouldn’t make it either.
“I didn’t want my mum Paula to have to choose between Kirsty and me so I told her to stay in England to look after my sister, which meant my dad most likely wouldn’t come out to see me get married either.”
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Just as Matt and Sophie didn’t think things could get any worse, Thomas Cook went bust.
The couple had booked a £3,000 wedding package with the holiday firm to be held at the Iberostar hotel in Playa Pilar, Cuba.
Sophie said: “Thomas Cook staff were convinced there was going to be a buyout. They sent us an email the night before it collapsed saying everything would be OK.
“But then we never heard from anyone again. The staff that we had been dealing with had lost their jobs.
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“I was already doubting whether we should board the plane because I was worried about my sister, and Matt’s mum was hobbling about with her foot.
“In some ways it was a bit of a relief when Thomas Cook folded and we were told the whole thing was cancelled but, after everything that happened, we felt numb.”
They ended up booking a last-minute holiday to Mexico where they spent their supposed-to-be wedding day laying on the beach.
Last month they were finally refunded the £3,000 they paid for the ceremony, hotel and tickets.
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Their guests, who had also booked through Thomas Cook, also got their money back because the trip was covered by the Atol financial protection scheme.
But the £3,000 the couple spent on gifts for their guests went to waste because they were engraved with last October’s date.
Sophie added: “We knew Cuba was a long way for our 24 guests to travel so bought everyone jewellery and watches to say thank you. Unfortunately it’s all sitting upstairs useless.
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“All the napkins and table decorations and stationery had the date on too. So that’s also money wasted. It’s been a nightmare.”
The duo first got together in 2014 while both working in HR at Debenhams, say planning a new date has left them feeling flat.
Sophie said: “It’s hard to get motivated to rearrange everything again. We’ve started to throw some ideas around but nobody seems excited about it because they’ve been through all the disappointment with us. We are just disheartened.
“My dress is a beautiful summer one with little straps so I’d ben keen to get married in sunshine.
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“But I don’t think we will go abroad after our last experience. I don’t want to risk any more bad luck.”
Matt said: “It’s a good job Sophie is not superstitious. She’s had quite a few warnings.
“We would like to get married this year but everyone already has their holidays planned so it’s quite hard to find a date.”
Sophie added: “Everything that could go wrong did. I reckon we should buy lottery tickets because we are due some good luck.”
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