It seems that breaking traditions is the new ‘traditional’ these
days – and with that in mind one couple decided to take what is arguably the most traditional event and
completely flip it.
It all started when Ciara O’Donnell refused to walk down the aisle,
not to mention the fact that she’d always wanted to get hitched in a suit.
That’s where hubby-to-be Bobby Cook stepped up.
He swapped his own three-piece attire to don a £45 ($57) white
gown matched with a tiara alongside his groomsmen, who also wore pretty frocks
Bobby, who stands at 6ft 4in, told the Mirror: “We always
joked Ciara wears the trousers in the relationship, so it made sense for her to
wear them at the wedding.
“Ciara said she wouldn’t be walking down the aisle for me, so
I walked down the aisle for her. So we decided to do everything backwards.
“I took her family name. It was so relaxed and everyone had a
great laugh. There were a few gobsmacked faces.”
Explaining where the idea came from, Ciara remembered their first
visit to the wedding venue when she joked about him walking down the aisle
instead of her.
She told the publication: “We decided it would be so funny.
Me and Bobby can be a bit wacky and we thought if we did it, it would really
break the ice and give everyone good form at the start of the day.”
The bridesmaids knew they would be wearing tuxedos, but the
groomsmen on the other hand had absolutely no idea they would be given
Bobby, 35, from Swansea, South Wales, said: “I wouldn’t let
them try the outfits on before in case they backed out, but on the day, they
loved it. They cried tears of bemusement when they saw the dresses.
“We were all in hysterics. I was a size 18 and they were all
14s. Ciara and the girls had no problem buying their tuxes, but we had a lot of
“A lot of places didn’t want me to try stuff on. The bridal
places we tried were reluctant, so I ended up buying online.”
Ciara, also 35, added: “The bridesmaids were fine with the
suits – girls can look really good in suits.
“But my brother was one of Bobby’s groomsmen and he kept
texting me, ‘when are we getting our suits?’ I had to say, ‘you aren’t getting
one’. Because they are all hairy and tattooed, it was funnier.”
Taking on a more serious tone, Bobby explained: “Although the
service was quite funny and shocking – we weren’t doing it to make a mockery of
marriage. It was a big thing for both of us, all the words in the service were
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