Wedding planning roadblocks can happen to the best of us—even Grammy-winning recording artists like Ed Sheeran. Sheeran, who is engaged to his childhood friend Cherry Seaborn, is reportedly battling nature to marry his bride at their dream venue.
Back in March, the BBC reported that the singer submitted plans to build a small chapel on the grounds of his home in Suffolk County, England, shortly after getting engaged to Seaborn. The Sun also reported that the couple would most likely use the chapel as their very own wedding venue. However, as swoon-worthy as this idea is, their plans might have to change. According to Metro UK, a protected species—the great-crested newt—has been spotted close to where the “Shape of You” singer is planning to build the alleged wedding chapel.
Reportedly, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust believes that Sheeran’s property could be a breeding ground for great-crested newts—a species that was once the most popular newt in Europe, but has decreased in number due to loss of habitat. They are now legally protected, making it an offense to intentionally kill, injure, or disturb them or obstruct access to areas where they live and breed. (We’re pretty sure building a wedding chapel on their apparent breeding grounds would go against at least one of those rules.)
According to Sky News, Sheeran was forced to call in experts to explore the land. Paul Smith of Apex Planning Consultants said: “The applicant has responded promptly to this matter and has also commissioned an appropriate survey that will identify the presence of great crested newts or otherwise, propose migration measures as appropriate and recommend measures to enhance biodiversity. We were not aware of the historical presence of great crested newts nearby and certainly believe that none exist in the pond nearby to the application site.”
Hopefully this expert is right, because Sheeran’s plans for this chapel sound too beautiful not to be completed. The application for the structure details it as a Saxon-style chapel made out of flint and featuring a 48-foot-high round tower. It would seat around 24 people, and Sheeran wants it to appear like it's been on his property for "more than a thousand years," according to the BBC. Sheeran wants the space to be non-denominational, so it can be used as both a religious and an ecumenical space for his family and guests.