Couple’s wedding with a difference

A bride who wanted a different form of transport for her wedding arrived in an agricultural vehicle with her groom and his best man on quad bikes.

The bride, Miss Victoria Elizabeth Howard, is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Barry and Jackie Howard, of Slaidburn. Mr Howard works as an agricultural contractor and Victoria, a nursery nurse at Moorland Nursery in Clitheroe, travelled to St Andrew’s Church at Slaidburn with her father in a forage harvester.

Her bridegroom, Mr John Riley Chew, is the son of Mr and Mrs William and Wendy Chew, of Clitheroe. He works as a motorbike mechanic at the Rocket Centre at Blackburn, and races quad bikes all over the country. He travelled to church on a motocross bike with his best man, Kieren Aspin, on an Enduro race bike.

The bride wore an ivory satin gown with a pleated bodice with a full ball gown-type skirt with a diamante trim. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of green and ivory roses with diamante detail. Her bridesmaids were Nancy Hodgson, chief bridesmaid, and her sisters Nicola Mead and Gemma Waddington. They wore shamrock green, one shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets similar to the bride’s. They also travelled to church in an agricultural trailer.

Groomsmen were Gareth Mead, Matthew Waddington and Murray Walker, while pageboys were Sebastian Mead, Luke Waddington and Jack Waddington.

The service was conducted by the Rev. George Darby and a reception was later held at the Stirk House Hotel at Gisburn.

The couple, who enjoyed a honeymoon in Rhodes, will live in Clitheroe.

Photos by Andrew Hale Photography.