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Plymouth couple married in ancient Celtic rite with Medieval traditions

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 30, 2012

  • Jez Menis and Kate Deler in ancient hand-fasting ceremony

  • Jez Menis and Kate Deler in ancient hand-fasting ceremony

  • Jez Menis and Kate Deler in ancient hand-fasting ceremony

  • Jez Menis and Kate Deler in ancient hand-fasting ceremony

  • Jez Menis and Kate Deler in ancient hand-fasting ceremony

  • Jez Menis and Kate Deler in ancient hand-fasting ceremony

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Happy couple Jez Menis and Kate Deler literally tied the knot when they married in a Medieval-themed wedding this weekend.

Against a beautiful backdrop at Terawhiti Farm at Thurlestone, near Kingsbridge, the couple, who come from Plymouth, undertook a special "hand-fasting" ceremony, which involves the binding of the bride and bridegroom's hand with a cord or ribbon.

The ancient Celtic rite wasn't the only unusual part of the day where a wedding breakfast and disco was replaced by feasting, storytelling and even a small sword-fighting tournament.

Two years ago Mr Menis, who makes armour and weapons for historical re-enactors, famously abseiled 220ft down Canonteign Falls in the Teign Valley, near Exeter, in a full suit of armour that he had made himself, to raise money for charity.

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  • PL1Plym  |  July 31 2012, 4:09AM

    It's not a proper wedding until the sword fighting begins! Looks like it was a lot of fun. Good luck to them both!

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  • AlecSplode  |  July 30 2012, 11:51PM

    Forgot to say best wishes to you both. Make many happy memories.

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  • AlecSplode  |  July 30 2012, 11:48PM

    I wanted a Celtic wedding but the wife was a Rangers supporter.

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  • Bob_Wickerman  |  July 30 2012, 11:35PM

    I wouldn't mind a Viking wedding- WIKI-"Weddings were held on Friday or "Friggas-day", and it must have been quite a frigging night

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  • shipmateron  |  July 30 2012, 9:33PM

    I hope the landowner didn't insist on taking up his medieval right to have the first go at the bride. That's the sort of thing that ruins the honeymoon.

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  • LipsonLinda  |  July 30 2012, 8:32PM

    They look like they were having fun!

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  • Bob_Wickerman  |  July 30 2012, 6:25PM

    Them ribbons definitely don't look like Celtic's green/white colours to me

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  • moyztedbear  |  July 30 2012, 12:43PM

    good luck to them its something different hope they will be happy

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