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Wedding couple vow to love, honour and o-bale

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 29, 2012

Farmers Garry and Sarah Harris in front of the statue of themselves made from giant bales of hay by Sarah's cousin Adrian Mills, a dairy farmer. Left, Sarah and Garry on their wedding day

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An old duvet, clay pigeon targets, buckets and plant pots are not usually associated with a wedding, but for one couple the combination became the main attraction.

Newlywed farmers Garry and Sarah Harris were greeted by this unusual bride and groom as they drove away from Frithelstock Church to their reception in Westward Ho!

The giant replicas are four metres tall and made of straw.

The oversized bride's dress is a mixture of an old duvet and bed sheets and her veil is a net curtain, while the groom's attire is made from garden weed membrane. Their faces are a combination of clay pigeon targets, bucket lids and old flower pots.

Sarah, 26, from Littleham near Bideford, said she couldn't believe it when she saw them sitting on the trailer as they passed a field.

She said: "We thought it was for another couple until we saw our names, it was such a surprise. We wondered where the driver was going at first.

"We didn't get to see it properly until the next day but loads of our guests stopped to take photos. It was the talk of the day." Sarah's mum Valerie Beer said she knew about the surprise as it was another of her daughters who suggested making a bride and groom out of straw bales.

She said: "It was just a bit of fun really, I think it was about two months before the wedding the idea first came up and Sarah's cousin Adrian Mills made them.

"The trouble is we have three daughters who have all got married within six years so we have had to think of something different, but this is the most unusual I think.

"They have both been farmers all their lives so it just seemed fitting.

"The figures have been causing a stir. Everybody was stopping as they drove past to take photos during the week after the wedding, until we moved them into the barn."

But the whole surprise was nearly ruined because the family didn't realise the road going past their farm at Horwood Barton in Frithelstock would be closed for roadworks on the day.

Valerie said: "We had to divert all the guests another way and at the last minute we had to move the figures and put them in another field and cut the hedge so you could see them from the road."

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