A Sunderland couple’s wedding video is proving such a hoot that more than a quarter of a million people have viewed it online.
Shaun and Adele Palmer have become accidental internet stars after they shared a few moments of their unusual nuptials on You Tube.
In the clip, which has been viewed 263,438 times, viewers can watch an owl, called Bilbo, delivering their rings by landing on the arm of best man Chris Pike as they all stood at the altar of St Andrew’s church in Roker.
Mr Palmer, 26, a manager at Pets At Home, had organised the display as a surprise, and only told Mr Pike after he’d booked it.
He said: “I’d originally wanted our Westie dog to deliver them, but it was a bit difficult to predict how he’d react.
“I actually booked the owl before I’d even spoken to Chris. When I did phone him, I said ‘how do you feel about an owl landing on your arm to bring our wedding rings down the aisle?’.
“He said something along the lines of ‘no chance’, to which I replied ‘well it’s a bit late now I’ve booked it!’.
“We only had time for one practice run, on the morning of the wedding, as we had to get to the church early to practice, but guests started arriving so we had to hide Bilbo and the handler quickly.”
Mr Palmer said his wife, a paediatric nurse, and the rest of his guests were all left amazed by the spectacle at their wedding, which was held last July.
He said: “Everyone thought it was great and such a good idea. It’s all people were talking about.
We can’t believe how many times the viewed has been viewed.Shaun Palmer, groom, said
“It certainly was a talking point for the rest of the day. Adele loved it and thought it was a wonderful surprise.”
The pair, who first met when they were 14, are now bemused at how popular their video has been.
Mr Palmer added: “We can’t believe how many times it’s been viewed. The other day one of Adele’s friends had been in touch to say a relative had seen it on a news channel in America. It’s crazy.”