A bride and groom said ‘I love ewe’ – after having a SHEEP SHEARING themed wedding.
Professional sheep shearer Nick Harding, 27, married Samantha Bealey, 24 – who was walked down the aisle by a sheep DOG.
They tied the knot in a traditional ceremony at a Methodist church – in front of some of the best shearers in the world.
The couple and their guests then held a sheep shearing contest – but Nick lost to a former world champion from New Zealand who sheared a sheep in 27 seconds.
And they will now go on a sheep sheering HONEYMOON.
Samantha, an equine lecturer from Chilsworthy, Devon, said: “It was amazingly cool.
“When Nick came up with the idea of the competition I wasn’t surprised because I knew he’d want to do something a bit different.”
But the sheep shearing wasn’t limited to just the wedding; when Samatha was asked what she was doing for her honeymoon she said: “Shearing of course.
“Nick has arranged to shear his best man’s sheep in the Cotswolds.”
The happy couple, both raised on farms, were married at Torrington Methodist Church, Devon, on May 2 and were escorted down the aisle by Nick’s sheep dog Ruby.
Samantha said: “She’s more like a human. Ruby spent the whole wedding with her head on my knee. She knew exactly what to do.”
As a professional shearer, Nick has travelled to the other side of the world for work during the UK’s winter months and befriended some of the world’s best, who travelled over for his wedding.
The bride’s mother, Della Bealey, 49, said: “It was so exciting. The commentator got everyone going and the atmosphere was electric.”