To celebrate Game of Thrones Series 4 arriving on blinkbox, we decided to give two competition winners the ultimate fan experience: the chance to get married in a Game of Thrones wedding ceremony!
To host this gargantuan occasion, we hired out Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury for the ceremony. Located in the foothills of the Black Mountains, the property is an imposing gothic fortress flanked by watch-towers, lake and enclosing a keep.
The elaborate makeover of the twelve-strong wedding party took over 50 hours of fitting, styling and theatrical make-up – handled by a professional team.
The bride stunned guests with her surprise arrival on a white horse and the groom stepped out from nearby trees with two menacing Wolf Dogs on leashes.
Hundreds responded to an online search for the fan wedding but it was Plasterer Darren who clinched it, much to Kerry’s surprise.
She explains: “I was on Facebook one evening and I saw an ad seeking couples to marry Game of Thrones style. I mentioned it to Darren. I said “Who on earth would do that?” Little did I know that he then went online and applied – without telling me!”
Darren continues: “It was too good an opportunity to pass up. We were planning on getting married next year, but I knew we just had to go for it. I have been a massive Game of Thrones fans since the beginning, so having our biggest day styled in such an amazing way is a dream come true.”
While the bride was styled as the Khaleesi herself, with a handmade dress and trademark white blonde locks, her dashing groom adopted the smouldering looks of hero Jon Snow.
On seeing each other at the altar, bride Kerry commented: “I thought the transformation was amazing, it was like marrying Jon Snow. It was very, very weird and surreal to see Darren like that!”
Best Woman Carey McKeown (35) took on the guise of the wildling Ygritte…
…while Best Man Mike McKeown (33) took on the intimidating appearances of a White Walker.
Darren commented. ‘With such a bizarre look, Mike was guaranteed a few laughs during his speech.’
Lady Catelyn Stark was played by Darren’s mother, while the mother of the bride took the guise of Melisandre, a.k.a ‘The Red Women’.
And our favourite of the lot is father of the bride, Terry Ford. He was all decked out as the beloved stable boy Hodor (complete with a tiny boy on his back).
Bride Kerry, a cake designer, had spent two weeks creating an elaborate FIVE tier wedding cake.
Kerry said; ‘I took over 20 hours to make it – it’s comprised of each of the Game of Thrones’ houses, then there are the wedding vows from Game of Thrones, King Joffrey’s crown made out of chocolate and topped with the famous iron throne. It was almost a shame to see it eaten. I changed my mind over the design of this cake so many times, it’s the most important cake I’ll ever make.’
Wedding registrar Lynne Pugh who presided over the ceremony said: “I’ve married hundreds of couples over the years – but this one was really out of this world”
To see how this all came together, check out our behind-the-scenes video:
Many congratulations to the happy couple!