Gorleston newlyweds go through the looking glass with Alice in Wonderland themed wedding

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

It was a wacky idea for a wedding that could have been conjured up by the Mad Hatter.

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes tied the knot on Saturday, with an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding, which saw the entire wedding party and guests don costumes based on the Lewis Carroll book.

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

Mr and Mrs Howes, of Nuffield Crescent in Gorleston, were the Mad Hatter and Alice respectively and wowed guests with their elaborate outfits.

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

More than 100 guests attended the wedding at St Mary Magdalene Church, before turning Gorleston Social Club into a mini Wonderland for the reception, which had all the charm of a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

Mr Howes, 47, said: 'As a couple we love to host theme parties so knew that when we came to get married we had to do something special.

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios


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'We toyed with a Halloween theme, but didn't want to get married that late in the year, and also considered Rocky Horror.

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

'We eventually settled on Alice in Wonderland because people always say we are a little bit mad, so it fitted with the quote from the book: 'we're all mad here'.'

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

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Mr Howes, who met his new wife six years ago, based his costume on Johnny Depp's version of the character, while his best man, John Steel, was the March Hare.

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

James and Susan Howes' Alice in Wonderland wedding. Picture: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios - Credit: Phil Ellis - Kool Studios

He added: 'People kept telling me they couldn't tell the difference between me and Johnny.

'Hollie Burnett, who did my make up did an absolutely amazing job.

'The costumes took a lot of planning, most of them were pieced together rather than being ready-made costumes so it definitely took some work, but it was so worth it.'

The couple won't be searching for rabbit holes to venture down for their honeymoon, however, with an all-inclusive week away to Cyprus proving a more enticing option.

Jake Dowman-French, one of the ushers, delivered a reading from the book while dressed as the Cheshire Cat, while maid of honour Netty Baxter, and bridesmaids Kayleigh and Natalie Palmer and Tina Wheeler wore Queen of Hearts attire.

Usher Ian Wheeler dressed as the White Rabbit and page boys Laiton and Charlie Howes were Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dee.

'Neither of them wanted to be dumb,' added Mr Howes.

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