Danby Castle hosted an unusual wedding this month, where everyone was guaranteed to have a hoot of a time. Fairytale prince Michael Jackson married his blushing bride Samantha at a thrilling ceremony on 7 January.
The happy couple, who are currently on their honeymoon in the Caribbean, hired Sybil the barn owl to play an integral role in their wedding ceremony.
After the bride had walked down the aisle, Sybil took centre stage by flying in from the back of the church and delivering over the rings.
Blushing bride Samantha said: “We wanted something very different, making the whole experience special. None of the guests knew about the owl, and the gasp which escaped from people when the doors came open and Sybil flew across was amazing”
“Thanks to Danby Castle and Carolyn as she was amazing, we couldnt have asked for a more perfect day.”
The Danby Castle website states: “We pride ourselves on our ability to turn your dreams and desires into reality”, and they did not disappoint the Jacksons.
Carolyn Barvister, who helps plan weddings at Danby said: “Samantha really liked the thought of an owl ring bearer.”
However, Sybil was not the only sensational feature of this wedding, as Carolyn explained: “Samantha had the most amazing wedding cake, a ruined castle with a dragon climbing on it, it was beautiful.”
Chris Bennett is the handler responsible for training Sybil and the pair normally work at Talon Falconry at Light Water Valley theme park in Ripon.
Chris said: “We train many owls to do this kind of thing at our birds of prey centre.”
Talon Falconry train the owls from when they are owlets, taking up to a month for them to become fully trained.
Having an owl ring bearer may seem a little unusual but according to Chris it is becoming a new craze: “A lot of people have started booking owls for their wedding, we have a lot of them that go all over the country.
“Thanks to Sybil we already have another booking at Danby Castle.”
For more information about hiring Sybil the owl or his feathered friends, call Talon Falconry on (01765) 635010.