When one newly married English couple shared a picture that went viral on their Facebook pages, their dream turned into a nightmare for many other British engaged couples.
Carly and Matthew Lunn of Birmingham, the UK’s second-largest city after London, decided to “prank up” their wedding photos. The couple thought it would be fun to pose in their wedding clothes in front of a sacred Greek monastery in Rhodes, Greece. This is the location where their ceremony was to be held in late September.
But what began as “just fun” turned into a huge headache for many other brides-to-be.
The Lunns posed with Carly still in her wedding dress, appearing to perform oral sex on Matthew. The concept was characteristic of the unorthodox couple’s sense of humor but went way too far this time.
That’s because the Kyrillos of Rhodes, the top bishop on the Greek island, made the decision to ban all foreigners from taking their vows in front of his place of worship, the sacred monastery at St. Paul.
“We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites. We cannot allow this disgusting behavior to prevail,” Giorgos Eleftheriou, who is president of the Rhodes Lindos community.
Eleftheriou said the decision to ban foreign couples is awaiting the final decision by the Mayor of Rhodes. Many other couples have planned their weddings at the popular and picturesque destination for years.
“I have hundreds of soon-to-be brides from Britain and all over the world calling me today in tears because of this decision,” he said, adding the couple would not likely have done the same in front a more familiar place of worship, such as an Anglican church or Jewish temple.
Couples from all over England are now venting at the Birmingham couple and begging the Rhodes mayor not to judge the whole orchard by two bad apples.
Suzanne Sparkles and her fiancé Steve Arnold are among those Brits who have expressed outrage with the newly married Lunns. Having invested the equivalent of some $53,000 in pounds towards their own event, the couple are understandably furious since they booked their wedding date two years ago.
“I’m absolutely devastated that these idiots have spoilt my dream wedding. We have 52 guests coming from the UK for it and have booked to stay for a week,” Sparkles said.
Another British couple have even threatened to sue the inappropriate duo, saying it’s also ruined their own wedding plans. And although Carly and Matthew say they did it all as a “joke,” the groom’s own grandfather was less than amused by the questionable photo.
“I’m disgusted,” he said, noting he found the viral image to be in terribly bad taste.
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