Civil pirateship partnership

Pirate Wedding ''Bride: Nicola Gibson-Douglas, Chelsea Gibson-Riley, Chelsey Nicholls, Dylan Lambert, Chandler Lambert, Joanne Lambert, KavinNicholls, Alison Nichols.''w111301a   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Pirate Wedding ''Bride: Nicola Gibson-Douglas, Chelsea Gibson-Riley, Chelsey Nicholls, Dylan Lambert, Chandler Lambert, Joanne Lambert, KavinNicholls, Alison Nichols.''w111301a Picture: Ceri Oakes
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WHITBY’S Registry Office hosted an unusual civil ceremony over goth weekend as a pair of pirate enthusiasts decided to tie the knot in true swashbuckling style.

Bernice Douglas and Nicola Gibson, both from Stockton, met in Whitby and decided this was where they wanted to say their vows.

Pirate Wedding '''w111301e   Picture: Ceri Oakes

Pirate Wedding '''w111301e Picture: Ceri Oakes

Bride Nicola said: “We met each other in Whitby and I always wanted a proper gothic wedding so my other half said ‘why not?’

“We met on a ghost walk in Whitby, I was with my ex-husband at the time but I have never look back since.”

The ceremony took place a week last Friday at Whitby’s Registry Office.

Groom Bernice Douglas described the ceremony. She said: “It’s pirate-themed and is totally black and red.

Pirate Wedding ''w111301d   Picture: Ceri Oakes

Pirate Wedding ''w111301d Picture: Ceri Oakes

“The bride’s dress is a black velvet medieval dress with red around the collar and ruff just below the elbow.

“She’s got a red jewelled circlet on her head and instead of the traditional flowers she’s carrying a skull covered in roses.

“Myself and the best men are in the pirate style attire and the bridesmaids are all in pirate wench attire.”

Registrar Ann Midgley conducted the ceremony and said she is getting used to couples having their own unique requests.

She added: “Everybody’s wedding is different and more and more people are going away from a traditional wedding.

“Some people just want to come in and be married and will ask two people from the street to be witnesses whereas some people want all the trimmings and everything in between,

“If it’s possible and within the dignity of the marriage ceremony, we will do it.”

Mrs Midgley added that, unsurprisingly, most of the unusual requests coincide with Whitby’s goth weekend.

“We have had one person on this morning wondering if we can arrange for a piper and we’ve also had steel drums here.

“Over goth weekend we do get a number of people who want to get married in gothic tradition and we have done one pirate wedding before.

“But other than that we just tend to treat everyone as an individual. After all, it’s their day.”

Following the ceremony the party travelled to the Board Inn for a good old fashioned privateering knees-up.

Groom Bernice added: “We’ve even got a pirate ship cake. It’s done as a island with the ship in and gold coins and everything.

“It looks absolutely fantastic and everything is eatable including the sails.”