Couple are joust married…in medieval wedding theme

Couple are joust medieval wedding themeFriar Tuck, Maid Marian, a court jester and a wizard may not be your typical run-of-the-mill wedding guests.

But they were all there to see Julie Vernon marry Ian Fennell on Saturday at Newcastle Register Office.

The 43-year-old bride was dressed in a crown and a red velvet dress and carried a red-and-white bouquet, depicting the St George’s cross. Groom Ian, also 43, wore a red tunic and carried a sword.

The pair, who have been together for three years, came up with their medieval wedding theme on St George’s Day.

Catering assistant Julie said: “A friend came into the Gatehouse pub in Clayton dressed as a knight so we thought we’d dress up on our wedding day. I didn’t want to wear a traditional wedding dress.”

Self-employed welder Ian said: “When we told our guests about our theme, everybody thought it was a good idea. It was a spur of the moment idea but it’s been a lot of fun.”

The couple bought their outfits on the internet and had enjoyed assigning roles to their friends.

After the ceremony, the couple, who live in Newcastle, celebrated with 70 guests at a reception at The Rigger pub in Marsh Parade, Newcastle.

Best man Kelvin Lapthorn, of Clayton, dressed as Friar Tuck, complete with brown monk’s robe and a wooden cross.

The unemployed 45-year-old, who has been friends with Ian for 15 years, said: “Ian never does things by halves. It’s the strangest thing I’ve worn to a wedding.”

Friend Barry Fowler wore a purple-and-black jester’s outfit with greenpointed shoes.

The 42-year-old JCB worker, of Clayton, said: “They told me this is what I had to wear. It’s really good, a bit of fun.”

Unemployed Janice Clowes, aged 46, of Clayton, who wore a turquoise Maid Marian dress, said: “It’s brilliant. It’s so different from the usual wedding outfits.

“I think it makes it special and a bit of a laugh.

“I’ve been friends with Ian for more than 20 years and I wasn’t really surprised when they told me what they were planning.”

Source: this is Staffordshire

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