Bournemouth Pier restaurant in wedding ceremonies bid

Bournemouth Pier restaurant in wedding ceremonies bid

Bournemouth Pier
The council has already approved a zip wire from the pier to the beach

Bournemouth Borough Council said Key West Restaurant, which occupies the domed building on the pier, had applied to become a wedding venue.

The Dorset seaside resort already hosts beach weddings, with 94 couples tying the knot at a licensed beach hut below the town’s West Cliff since 2011.

Last week, the nearby Russell-Cotes Museum held its first ceremony.

Justin and Sarah Hextall were the first people to get married in the 112-year-old Victorian villa.

In November, the council approved plans for a surf wave attraction on the pier and a 245m-long (803ft) zip wire from the pier to the beach.

The deadline for objections to the application for weddings is 18 March.

Bournemouth Tourism staged wedding for launch of beach hut 'chapel'
Ceremonies are held in a cream-coloured ‘chapel’ near the West Cliff lift



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Three held in Carmarthen,South Wales ‘sham marriage’ raid

Three held in Carmarthen ‘sham marriage’ raid

Wedding ringsHome Office immigration enforcement officers acted on a tip off

Three people have been arrested at a suspected sham wedding in Carmarthen.

Police raided the ceremony moments before a 31-year-old Ghanaian man was due to wed a 25-year-old British woman.

The Home Office said checks showed the man had been in the country illegally and was due to be removed from the UK.

The groom was arrested in the register office raid along with two Ghanaian guests with spent visas who were released on immigration bail. The bride was interviewed by police and released.

Immigration enforcement officers intervened at the ceremony after acting on a tip off that the relationship “may not be genuine”.

The groom, who had been living in London, has been detained pending his removal.

The guests, a woman aged 27 and a man aged 28, will have to report regularly to the Home Office while steps are taken to remove them from the country.

Andrew Hogan, from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: “We are working closely with registrars to clamp down on sham weddings and civil partnerships.

“This operation is another example of the success that we are having.

“Where there are suspicions that a relationship may not be genuine we will investigate and, if necessary, intervene to stop it happening.”

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Wiltshire wedding delayed as ring-bearing owl goes for a sleep

Wedding delayed as ring-bearing owl goes for a sleep

Darcy the Barn OwlThe ring-bearing owl had to be rescued with a ladder from the church rafters
A wedding service was delayed when an owl bearing rings fell asleep in the church roof.

Darcy the barn owl was meant to fly down the aisle at Holy Cross Church in Sherston, Wiltshire, and deliver rings to Sonia Cadman and Andrew Matley.

Instead the one-year-old owl flew into the church roof to roost. It took about an hour to get her down.

The Reverend Christopher Bryan said: “We tried all we could to get it down but it just wouldn’t budge.”

He said the owl seemed “very happy” in the roof and could not be tempted down with a treat.

“It must have been an hour before they got a ladder to rescue it,” he said.

‘Absolute stitches’The specially-trained owl had been hired by Ms Cadman for the wedding, which took place at the weekend.

It was a surprise for her fiance, who is interested in falconry.

Darcy was only trusted with replica rings, with the real bands kept in Mr Matley’s pocket.

“The owl was meant to deliver the rings to the glove my husband-to-be was wearing,” Ms Cadman said.

“But she just flew straight past the glove and straight up into the top of the church and sat in the rafters.

“She shut her eyes and went to sleep.”

Despite the delay, Ms Cadman said it had not spoilt the wedding day for the couple, who are from near Burford, in Oxfordshire, “in any shape”.

“We thought it was funny and the guests were in absolute stitches,” she said.

Should have used the services of  professional Somerset/Dorset/ Wiltshire wedding photographer They unlike this owl never sleep on the job.

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Katie Price marries, again, in Somerset.

Katie’s wedding ‘invite’

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The owner of a Yeovil-based entertainment company was left “stunned” after his firm was hired for Katie Price’s Somerset wedding.

Russell Lee, owner of Funtasia Entertainment, provided a chocolate fountain, popcorn cart and photo booth at Friday’s Willy Wonka-themed celebration.


Mother-of-three Katie tied the knot with Kieran Hayler during a lavish ceremony at Rookery Manor near Weston-super-Mare.

Guests continued the celebrations in the venue’s banqueting hall which was adorned with vases of sweets and giant multi-coloured lollipops. Mr Lee said his company was not booked under the couple’s names and he therefore had no clue of the high-profile nature of his client until the day.


“She planned it all in two weeks,” Mr Lee said. “It was apparent that something was going on when they asked me for the names of the operatives to be working on the night.

“I only found out for sure when I received a text from an employee as they arrived.

“We are always grateful when we are chosen as a supplier for someone’s big day.

“Sometimes you want to know what the job is beforehand so you can plan and make sure everything is right. With weddings you have to be prepared because it is somebody’s special day. There are no second chances.”

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Disabled weddings: how to plan an accessible day

Disabled weddings: how to plan an accessible day covers all kinds of wedding photography in the south-west of England.

Wedding planning can be stressful, and when the bride or groom uses a wheelchair it is even more of a challenge. Carrie-Ann Fleming offers tips on everything from the venue and the dress to the flowers and the first dance

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Sweeping staircases may be great for your photos, but not for brides, grooms or guests with disabilities.

In November 2009, my boyfriend Darren surprised me with a romantic proposal over a candlelit dinner. I was ecstatic. But after the celebrations came the questions – when, where and how were we going to get married? As a wheelchair user, I didn’t know where to start with all the preparations. How exactly do you plan an accessible wedding?

We are, of course, not alone in facing this dilemma. Aside from disabled brides and grooms, accessibility is an issue for many couples who need to consider an older or disabled friend or relative. It therefore came as a big surprise how few wedding venues have properly thought through the service that they offer for disabled customers and wedding-goers.

Everything from the hen night and the dress to the venue and the honeymoon needs some serious creative thinking. Contacting other brides-to-be amongst the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Trailblazers, I found women battling to bring their big day together, armed with a flexible approach – and steely determination.

The venue

For the venue, we had ruled out a church ceremony. If, like us, you are not particularly religious, it is far easier to spend the whole day at one location for any wheelchair-users in your wedding party. We did some thorough searching online for accessible local hotels, but struggled to find one which met our requirements. The right venue needed to be not only flexible to meet our needs, but also to understand them.

Another bride-to-be, Becky, described how one location proposed to accommodate her disabled grandmother. “They had planned the wedding breakfast to be upstairs, and said that four strong men would carry her and the wheelchair up there. The wedding co-ordinator could not understand my shock at this suggestion! When I asked that the wedding breakfast and reception take place in the marquee outside they simply refused.”

Prospective bride Jessica ran into the age-old problem of wheelchair users having to use a separate entrance – not exactly ideal on your special day. “The majority of venues I contacted were really helpful, but tended not to understand our needs,” she said. “One venue was fully accessible in essence, but it to me it didn’t feel right for the bride to not be able to go through the main entrance.”

After months of painstaking research we found a venue that proves there is no need to scrimp on the romance. Built in 1866 in an elegant Italianate style, it is still wonderfully accessible, with lifts and ramps to all function areas and bedrooms specifically tailored for guests with limited mobility.

The dress

On to one of the most important aspects of many brides’ big day – the outfit. Trailblazers member Fran says that finding a dress was her biggest challenge. “One store told me that I would never be able to get married in a wedding dress and would have to choose a bridesmaid dress. I shopped around and found a small retailer which was more than happy to let me try on anything that I wanted. They even recommended a lady that could alter my dress to suit me and the wheelchair.”

After getting stuck in dresses and experiencing well-meaning but unhelpful assistants in bridal boutiques, my mum and I persuaded a local independent shop to let us take some dresses home to try in return for a guarantee. This proved a much more comfortable and enjoyable trying-on experience, but we struggled to find one which would work from a sitting position. Then we found Bridal Dream Dress, which will custom-make any dress to your exact requirements. It was nailbiting waiting for the dress to arrive, but I was delighted with the final result.

Some aspects of creative planning have been fun. Like many disabled brides-to-be, I’ve decided that I don’t want to use the same manual chair that I sit in every day. We’ve sourced a secondhand chair that we will respray, re-upholster and customise to match my dress. For my flowers, instead of carrying a traditional bouquet, which would make pushing my chair difficult, I will have a wrist corsage. As for our first dance, slow dancing from a wheelchair is pretty restrictive. We have decided that we will ask all our wedding guests to join in to an upbeat song, taking the pressure off.

The hen night

I’m now looking ahead to my last night of freedom. For disabled hens, a big night out on the town is problematic. Research by Trailblazers showed that 80% of the 400-strong group experience difficulties using local pubs, clubs, restaurants, bars and music venues. For wheelchair-users, so much research has to be done to find accessible nightspots that it can turn into a military operation – not conducive to hen night fun.

I will be hiring a large accessible cottage in the Lake District for a weekend of eating, drinking and relaxation. The most important thing to me is to have my closest friends together – in an environment where I don’t have to worry about stairs or accessible toilets.

Wedding planning has thrown up some challenges – and ones that I feel very disappointed that disabled women are facing. The UK wedding industry, worth an estimated £5.5bn a year, is still slow to catch on to the bang of the disabled bride’s buck.

Top tips

• Always visit prospective venues to check out accessibility, and consider taking any wedding guests with access requirements with you.

• Ask about ramps at the venue – they needn’t be an eyesore. Put a runner of material down metal ramps, to fit between your wheels. It won’t skid and will create a good look.

• Don’t rule out a style of dress because you think that it won’t be suitable or accessible until you have tried it on.

• Bear in mind the talents of family and friends – ours are helping us with the cake, hairdressing, stationery and my wheelchair, which makes our day more personal.

• Don’t be afraid to think outside the box to make your day accessible – after all, the best weddings are unique.

Carrie-Ann Fleming is a member of the young disabled campaigners group, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign She uses a powered wheelchair due to the condition cerebral palsy.

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Children are being asked to organise weddings for their parents as part of a BBC drive to reflect modern Britain. covers all kinds of wedding photography.

BBC asks children to organise their parents’ weddings

Children are being asked to organise weddings for their parents as part of a BBC drive to reflect modern Britain.

BBC asks children to organise their parents' weddings

BBC asks children to organise their parents’ weddings

Traditionally, it was the parents of the bride who worried about planning their daughter’s big day.

Now it is the children who are being asked to organise their parents’ wedding, in a BBC “reality” show.

In Marrying Mum & Dad, children as young as seven will be allowed to spend up to £10,000 on each wedding, picking out bridal gowns and dreaming up surprise themes.

The corporation says that it wants to see parents who are cohabiting, those remarrying after divorce, and even homosexual couples taking part, to “reflect modern Britain”.

But critics claim that it risks trivialising marriage and gives children a huge amount of responsibility which they may not be able to handle.

The series for CBBC, the corporation’s digital channel for primary school age children, will ask children aged between seven and 12 to arrange the character and style of the wedding or civil partnership.

They will be asked to oversee as many aspects of the day as they want, from the transport and entertainment to the dress and cake – though they will not be allowed to arrange hen nights or stag parties.

Parents on the show will have to be prepared to adapt to youthful tastes. Producers said they were anticipating unconventional ideas, which could see parents walking down the aisle dressed as animated characters, such as Shrek and Princess Fiona.

The format will loosely follow that of a successful BBC Three show, Don’t Tell the Bride, in which bridegrooms are given £12,000 to spend on a wedding, on condition that all the plans are kept secret from the bride until the day.

In the programme, now in its fifth series, the couples must spend three weeks apart without contact while the groom organises every aspect of the event.

Ninder Billing, the executive producer of Marrying Mum & Dad, said: “Marriages are increasingly taking place where children are already in the picture and this is something we can be celebratory about.

“Long gone are the days where people are ashamed to be having a second marriage or having children out of wedlock.

“We still respect the institution of marriage, but it’s our responsibility to find ways of reflecting modern Britain.

“Ideally we would like to feature a couple of civil partnerships because we want to reflect all kinds of family life rather than just be about white, middle-class, heterosexual couples.”

In 2010, 46.8 per cent of all babies in the UK were born out of wedlock – the highest level for two centuries, according to a report by the Centre for Social Justice think tank.

Experts believe the figure is likely to be even higher among British-born parents, as immigrant couples are more likely to be married.

Justine Roberts, co-founder of parenting website Mumsnet, said she welcomed programming which reflected modern families, but expressed concern about the amount of responsibility being heaped on children.

The mother of four said: “Organising a wedding is difficult enough for adults. My 13 year-old organised his own birthday party – with pretty disastrous consequences. I’m sure this will make for great TV, but it’s an awful lot of pressure to put on a child.”

The Reverend Rod Thomas, chairman of conservative evangelical group Reform accused the BBC of betraying bias against traditional family values.

“There is clear evidence that children who are born to married parents fare better than others, whether it is in terms of health, wealth or education,” said Rev Thomas.

“It is a great shame that the BBC has chosen to examine marriage from a standpoint which is so biased against traditional marriage.”

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