Wedding Ceremony Is A First For Scilly

porthcressa beach newThere’s a first for Scilly taking place this morning. A couple from Wales will be completing their wedding ceremony outside on Porthcressa Beach, assuming the weather stays good.

Joanna Shaw and Gary Evans from Lampeter will have a brief ‘legal’ ceremony in the Register Office.

They’ll then move outside for what Chief Registrar Alison Gardner describes as “the more romantic part” of the proceedings, where they’ll exchange vows and dedicate their wedding rings.

Alison says it’s the first time this has happened in Scilly and follows changes to the Council’s rules in February.

The law says weddings and civil ceremonies must take place in an approved building “with four walls and roof.”

But the Council had previously applied those rules to so-called non-statutory ceremonies too, like baby namings and renewal of vows.

That’s now been scrapped, so these types of ceremonies can take place literally anywhere on the islands, as long as the legal part is done first. That could happen here or at home on the mainland, beforehand.

The unique position of the Porthcressa Register Office close to the beach means it’s now possible to do a combined ceremony like Joanna and Gary’s today.

The couple will be accompanied by around 15 guests and in another first, they’ve been given special dispensation for their dog Rosie to accompany them on the beach.

Dogs are normally banned from Porthcressa in the summer.

Alison says it’s wonderful that couples can now celebrate their partnerships in their own unique ways and it “reflects how times have moved on.”

She says they could become popular here and the Register Office already has a similar ceremony booked for next summer.



3 Responses to Wedding Ceremony Is A First For Scilly

  1. value davies August 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Congratulating our friends Joanna Shaw And Gary Evans now Mr And Mrs Evans,Sounds so romantic on your lovely looking Isle.xxxx

  2. Alison Gardner August 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Sadly the sun didn’t shine but it was dry so the Affirmation of Vows took place on Porthcressa Beach right on the water’s edge.
    Ringer bearer Rosie, Johanna and Gary’s Dalmatian, behaved beautifully, the ceremony went off without a hitch and was a great success.

  3. pete August 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I hope the sun shines for you. Congratulations Joanna and Gary.