‘As long as he doesn’t take my head’ - Fakenham couple enjoy Tudor-themed wedding

The medieval wedding of Vince and Dawn Butler at Fakenham Parish Church. Picture: Ian Burt

The medieval wedding of Vince and Dawn Butler at Fakenham Parish Church. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

With two beheadings and a couple of divorces on his record Henry VIII is not everyone's idea of a good bridegroom.

The medieval wedding of Vince and Dawn Butler at Fakenham Parish Church. Picture: Ian Burt

The medieval wedding of Vince and Dawn Butler at Fakenham Parish Church. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

But that did not stop Vince Butler donning the king's costume to walk his own queen down the aisle. And more importantly it did not stop bride Dawn Bird, now Butler, from taking his hand.

As keen metal detectorists and with a shared love of history the pair decided they would wed with their guests and themselves bedecked in Tudor finery.

Mr Butler, 51, who lives with his wife in Fakenham, said: 'We are both keen metal detectorists, we are both fond of history and we just thought we would incorporate it.

'We are getting older and we wanted something people could have a bit of fun with and enjoy joining in with us.'

The medieval wedding of Vince and Dawn Butler at Fakenham Parish Church. Picture: Ian Burt

The medieval wedding of Vince and Dawn Butler at Fakenham Parish Church. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Mrs Butler, who is a supervisor at the Original Factory Shop, created both their costumes and Tudor coins which her husband had found were included as ornamentation on his outfit.

'It is lovely to marry him,' said Mrs Butler, 47, 'as long as he doesn't take my head, he has already taken my heart.'

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Her outfit was loosely based on Anne Boleyn with a replica necklace of one she wore which had a B.

She said: 'The B seemed to be relevant. I am a Bird, I have become a Butler so it seems right.

'A lot of planning and sleepless nights went into this but it was all worth it.'

Many of the guests joined in with the theme and there were also a smattering of crusaders, knights and even an usher as William Wallace.

Mr Butler, a carer, said: 'It was great to see so many joins in with us.

'Even the vicar changed the whole ceremony to old English and the prayers were from that time.'

After tying the knot at St Peter and St Paul Church in Fakenham, a medieval church, the party headed to Fakenham Community Centre for the reception and a feast.

In regal tones befitting Henry VII himself Mr Butler announced: 'Now it is time for some feasting and merriment.

Are you planning an unusual wedding? Write to doug.faulkner@archant.co.uk