An animal-loving bride has revealed how her pet chickens played a vital part in her wedding as ringbearers.
Lizzie Gatherer, 34, and new husband, 42, delighted guests with their quirky nuptials – secretly arranging for two of their favourite rescue chickens to appear in the ceremony.
‘People absolutely loved it, they said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to,’ said Lizzie, who lives in Aldershot, Hampshire.
‘The whole wedding was chicken themed. During the group photos, we even handed out red latex rubber gloves for people to hold on their heads to look like chickens. It was hysterically funny.’
The couple decided to adopt some rescue chickens together four years after becoming a couple, after being inspired by a friend who had done the same thing.
Lizzie explained: ‘Seeing how scruffy these chickens were at first, compared to how well they looked once they’d been rescued, was eye-opening.
‘Even their personalities seemed brighter. Ky is an animal lover, too, so we knew we had to help.’
The couple have begun volunteering for the British Hen Welfare Trust, a charity who work with farmers to rescue chickens.
To ensure the birds wouldn’t be thrown out of the wedding venue last minute, the couple paid extra public liability insurance an animal handler, and agreed with the site, Farnham Castle in Surrey, to make sure the place was properly cleaned before leaving.
At the ring exchange in the ceremony, the best man pretended to look confused, patting down his pockets as if he’d lost them.
Then, ‘Here Come the Girls’ began playing and the doors opened to reveal the hens being pushed up the aisle in a carriage, rings tucked in their jackets.
Lizzie said: ‘People know how much Ky and I love chickens, so when we announced we were getting married, a few joked, ‘I bet you’ll have them as ringbearers’ – they’d no idea we actually would.’
Now, the couple are enjoying married life at home with their hens – and plan to continue to make the bird-family bigger by adopting from and volunteering for The British Hen Welfare Trust.
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