Magazine article Anglican Journal

Wedding by Server Takes the Cake: Comedy of Errors Results in `Invalid' Nuptials for Young Yorkshire Couple

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Wedding by Server Takes the Cake: Comedy of Errors Results in `Invalid' Nuptials for Young Yorkshire Couple

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London (ENI) - For loving couple Shirley Wilson and Rodney Earnshaw it was "the day we can never recreate" - a perfect Church of England wedding with full dress and flowers in a Victorian parish church. The pair, both aged 25, had saved for three years for what they hoped would be the happiest day of their lives. About 100 guests attended the event which cost [pounds sterling]8,000 ($16,000).

But if Ms. Wilson and Mr. Earnshaw can never recreate the day, they will have to repeat it if they want to be married in the eyes of the church and of British law. A week after the Anglican ceremony at Golcar in Yorkshire, northern England, they were told the wedding had been invalid, and they were not husband and wife after all.

The "celebrant", who Ms. Wilson and Mr. Earnshaw believed was making them husband and wife, was not a priest, but a lay 18-year-old altar-server. The real priest, Robin Townsend, arrived at the church as the couple were signing the marriage register.

The wedding actually took place last August, but the story was only reported recently. …

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