A PREGNANT bride and her new husband were rushed to hospital on their wedding day after a dramatic car crash - but made it back in time to celebrate their reception.

Chelsea and Shane Harvey were travelling from their ceremony to the reception when their Skoda crashed and flipped in snowfall in March.

The shaken couple suffered cuts and bruises but their unborn baby was unharmed and they returned to their reception to cheers from their guests.

But the family ended up in the same hospital again hours later when Chelsea's stepdaughter, Isabell, six, ran into a table and sliced open her nose at the reception.

The schoolgirl was treated by the same paramedics who attended the crash just hours earlier and taken to hospital so the wound could be glued shut.

Now the couple, from Newbury, are planning to hold the reception again six months later, with extra guest, their baby Emica, who was born a week early in May.

Chelsea said: "Everyone told us how lucky we were for me, my husband and our baby all to survive with just cuts and bruises and aches.

"I believe someone was watching down on us that day. My main priority was the baby.

"We missed three hours of our party to then be there for just under two hours before my step daughter ran into table and busted her nose.

"The same paramedics that attended us earlier that day were there again and again we were off to hospital.

"It's not the wedding I had in mind I must admit - our wedding night was pretty much in hospital - but I am just amazed that someone was watching over us."

Chelsea's worried bridesmaids had been driving ahead and feared the worst when they heard a red car had been involved in a crash.

Fortunately, the best man, James Bremner, was travelling behind in convoy and dialled 999 while they crawled out and the young family were rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital to be checked over.

The couple eventually arrived at the reception, at the grounds of Thatcham FC, three hours late, much to the relief of family and friends.

The venue bosses allowed them to rent it again for free for the second reception on September 15.