Halifax couple enjoy magical Narnia-themed wedding

Carly and Paul Snell's Narnia-themed wedding
Carly and Paul Snell's Narnia-themed wedding

Guests stepped through a magical wardrobe into a world of mythical beasts and talking animals to attend a winter wedding with a twist.

Carly and Paul Snell, who live in Halifax, celebrated tying the knot with breath-taking Narnia-themed nuptials.

They kept the theme a secret from their guests, whose only hint at what awaited them was a lamp post on the invitations.

“Our guests were gobsmacked,” said Carly.

“It was absolutely magical. All my dreams came true.”

The couple were married at St Bartholomew’s Church in Ripponden, where there were readings from The Chronicles of Narnia during the ceremony.

There were then celebrations at The Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden, which is run by Carly’s parents and has been in her family for generations.

It was there that the couple met, when Paul, who was working at nearby JLA, visited while Carly was serving behind the bar.

The pub dates back to 1307 and is the oldest pub in Yorkshire - a factor that helped the couple decide on an olde worlde theme for their big day.

After Yorkshire tapas and a Yorkshire bitter brewed especially for the couple, they and their guests travelled to East Riddlesden Hall, in Keighley.

There, they walked through a custom-built wardrobe door and pushed their way through hanging coats to be transported to a CS Lewis-inspired wonderland.

A blanket of fake snow, 14 Christmas trees and scores of twinkling fairy lights were joined by home-made turkish delight, the famous lamp post and even Mr Tumnus.

“One of our friends from Rishworth has won awards at the Chelsea Flower Show and when we asked her for help with a theme, she asked what we had loved as children,” said Carly.

“When we said the Chronicles of Narnia, she jumped on it.”

Carly, 32, and originally from Barkisland, and Paul, 35 and originally from Sowerby, got engaged on New Year’s Day after Paul proposed during a trip to one of their favourite places, Staithes near Whitby.

*For more photos see this week’s Courier. Photo by Tim Simpson Photography.