NEWLYWEDS said aloha to married life with a Hawaiian-themed wedding.
Christine Ayers and Richard Taylor’s colourful ceremony saw their 50 guests swap suits and hats for flowered shirts and lei garlands.
“Richard absolutely loves Hawaiian shirts and has quite a collection,” said Christine, 51. “So it just seemed right that all the men attending should wear them. When we sent out the invitations, a couple of people rang to ask if it was a joke. But most of the men were really pleased they didn’t have to wear a suit.”
Richard added: “I think the idea probably stemmed from a drunken conversation in the pub.
“Really though, we just wanted to do something different.”
The 58-year-old, who has around a dozen Hawaiian shirts in his wardrobe, wore an authentic one that a friend brought back from holiday in the Pacific islands.
His bride paired her ivory gown with Hawaiian-themed accessories, including a lei, bag and hairclips strung with hibiscus flowers.
The couple, who live in Pye Nest, Halifax, married at Spring Hall Mansion, Halifax – and even the registrars looked the part.
“They had Hawaiian shirts and flowers in their hair,” said Christine.
“It’s just so nice that everyone made such a big effort.”
Sarah Richardson, registration and licensing services manager, said: “It’s lovely that Christine and Richard have chosen to bring a touch of Hawaii to Halifax.” The wedding was followed by a reception at the Wool Merchant Hotel, Halifax, where there were Hawaiian-style table settings.
The newlyweds are now looking forward to their honeymoon.
No, not Hawaii – Cyprus.