Couple Swapped Traditional Roles as Groom Walked the Aisle in a Wedding Gown and Bride Donned a Tuxedo

Couple Swapped Traditional Roles as Groom Walked the Aisle in a Wedding Gown and Bride Donned a Tuxedo

From the beginning, it was humor that brought them together. And it was certainly a big part of their most intimate moment as well.

When you think of a wedding, possibly the first image that comes to mind is of an ethereal-looking bride in her white wedding gown as she walks the aisle to greet the love of her life, donned in a dashing tuxedo. But for this couple, that was certainly not the image they had in mind when it came to their wedding. According to Mirror UK, bride Ciara O’Donnell had always wanted to get married in a suit and had no desire to walk down the aisle. So she and her fiance, Bobby Cook, came up with something a little different. 

After all, their first meeting was just as different, if not a little bit awkward. According to the news outlet, the couple first met three years ago at a pub in Barcelona, Spain. Bobby was on holiday when he and his friend popped into the bar where Ciara had been serving behind the counter. The cringe-factor came in when Bobby assumed she was Spanish with no English in her dictionary and started telling his friend how much he liked her.


“I thought she was a sexy Spanish girl, with beautiful eyes, with a proper naughty glint in them,” he said. “I was chatting to my mate saying, ‘Oh, she’s stunning’ and it turned out she was Irish and understood everything I was saying.” Where the original plan was that he and his friend would grab just one drink, it turned into a night of romance where he stayed there the entire day before sharing a kiss with Ciara later that evening. “I fell in love with her the moment she opened her mouth. She’s got the most savage personality,” he said.

With such a wacky beginning, it comes as no surprise that the couple would want their wedding to be just a bit wacky too. Ready to ditch the "traditional" ideas of a wedding, the 35-year-old and Bobby decided to swap wedding roles. Where the feisty bride donned a tuxedo along with her similarly-fashioned three bridesmaids, 6 foot 4 inch Bobby wore a $50 frock and tiara. He even got his two groomsmen to wear dresses, too.


Bobby, an HR executive, said to Mirror UK, “We always joked Ciara wears the trousers in the relationship, so it made sense for her to wear them at the wedding." He continued, saying, "Ciara said she wouldn’t be walking down the aisle for me, so I walked down the aisle for her. So we decided to do everything backwards. I took her family name. It was so relaxed and everyone had a great laugh. There were a few gobsmacked faces."


The idea first originated when they made their visit to the wedding venue and the bride-to-be joked about her to-be-husband walking down the aisle instead of her. “We decided it would be so funny. Me and Bobby can be a bit wacky and we thought if we did it, it would really break the ice and give everyone good form at the start of the day. We wrote the ceremony as well," she recalled.


And they managed to keep it a secret until the ceremony. The only ones in on the idea were the bridesmaids, who were aware of their tuxedo outfits. The 35-year-old groom said of his groomsmen, "I wouldn’t let them try the outfits on before in case they backed out, but on the day, they loved it. They cried tears of bemusement when they saw the dresses. We were all in hysterics. I was a size 18 and they were all 14s. Ciara and the girls had no problem buying their tuxes, but we had a lot of trouble."


“A lot of places didn’t want me to try stuff on. The bridal places we tried were reluctant, so I ended up buying online." His bride added,  “The bridesmaids were fine with the suits – girls can look really good in suits. But my brother was one of Bobby’s groomsmen and he kept texting me, ‘when are we getting our suits?’. I had to say, ‘you aren’t getting one’. Because they are all hairy and tattooed, it was funnier.”


Bobby even managed to convince his father to walk him down the aisle. “When I told my dad what we were doing he shook his head, looked at the ground and said, ‘What are you like?' He didn’t give me a pep talk – just said, ‘let’s get this done’."


Though he was nervous about appearing in front of his 70 guests, it soon vanished when everyone "erupted in applause and laughter. It really carried me down the aisle," he said. They also wrote their own vows. But Bobby wanted to clarify that this was not meant to be a joke. He said, “Although the service was quite funny and shocking – we weren’t doing it to make a mockery of marriage. It was a big thing for both of us, all the words in the service were so personal.”


Well, let's hope this humor and fun lasts long into Bobby and Ciara's marriage and keep it solid throughout. 



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