Couple celebrate their downsized wedding at local coffee shop by buying drinks for the homeless

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A Cardiff couple’s wedding day is guaranteed to put a smile on your face as their congregation was made up with cardboard cutouts and ended with a donation of 30 coffees to the homeless.

Jordan Cuff and Bhavana Gupta, both 27, tied the knot at Cardiff ‘s City Hall in a modest ceremony on Monday (October 19) with just Jordan’s parents, a couple of friends and family and the photographer and videographer.

Coffee-fan Jordan, a PHD student, works around the corner from Gorsedd Gardens where Brodies Coffee Co is based. He had already paid for 10 coffees at the café beforehand and added 30 more with Bhavana on their happy day.

The pair, who have been together five years and got engaged at Rest Bay in Porthcawl in May 2019, were meant to have a bigger wedding at the end of the month in the north of England, where Jordan grew up, but because of Covid-19 their plans were constantly changed up.

Jordan said: “We were meant to be having a bigger wedding up north this month but when the pandemic set in we realised this wasn’t possible and we made the decision to just do something smaller for the time being down here instead.

“We were going to have 80-100 guests originally.”

The couple were understandably upset but soon made a new plan, only for thing to change again when Bhavana’s parents, Anil and Asha and her brother Arpit, weren’t able to come over as they live in Italy.

“Our initial reaction was we were a bit upset about it but we wanted to prioritise our guests being safe and comfortable. Very quickly it became clear that doing it the way we did and having a bigger celebration later made a lot more sense,” said Jordan.

“We’d been planning it for months, there wasn’t an awful lot to plan to begin with, we were just going to go to the register office but then with how quickly things were changing – every day there was something different.

“We were allowed 10 people, including our photographer and videographer and then that perfectly fit the number of our immediate family and then last week they announced that the quarantine in Italy was coming into effect the day they [Bhavana’s family] were due to come over so they couldn’t come. So I ordered these cardboard cutouts  to take their place.”



Jordan and Bhavana with cutouts of her parents that Jordan ordered

The cutouts were a hit and certainly made for a memorable day.

“They weren’t very talkative on the day .. and they wouldn’t socially distanced properly either,” joked Jordan. “You have to make the most of it haven’t you and it’s made a lot of people smile.

“I think more than anything it’s shown the adversity we’ve got to overcome and adaptability during this pandemic.”

Keeping in with the guidelines the wedding party weren’t allowed to celebrate post ceremony, but photographer were able to be taken and the group headed over to Jordan’s favourite coffee stop to get the final few snaps.

Brodies is in the grounds and so we went there to have the last of the photos and part ways. I’ve been going there for a few years. It’s a lovely place to end it all,” said Jordan.

“And we worked out that if we were to have our extended family there it would be about 30 others and rather than sitting there thinking about it we thought we could get 30 homeless people have a nice drink.”



The couple enjoy a post-nuptials coffee

Bhavana, a post-doctoral researcher, had her coffee on the house, of course and Brodies owner, Ian Brodie said that he was surprised to see the couple, but wasn’t surprised about Jordan’s coffe donation.

“He’s always really lovely, he’s always picking my brains about coffee and always really nice,” said Ian.

“On the day he bought 30 and the day before he bought 10, he’s actually put down £100 on the homeless board which is a record from one person.

“It was a surprise to see them, I knew they were getting married but I didn’t know they were coming across and their family were lovely too.”

Ian added that due to the coffee shop’s location barely a week goes by where he isn’t smiling about something that happens in the area.

“We see people registering their babies, going to court,” said the café owner who is staying open for the two-week fire-break lockdown for takeaways.

“Every significant moment in life whether birth, marriage, graduation comes around that corner.

“Barely a week goes by when I don’t have someone who makes me smile or brings tear to my eye.”

And as for the happy couple, well, post-coffee they celebrated with a meal-for-two at the restaurant where they had their first date, Troy on Wellfield Road and, said Jordan an exotic honeymoon in Cardiff Bay.

The pair are planning a bigger celebration at a later date.



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