UK wedding photographer Stacey Oliver was photographing a castle wedding ceremony earlier this month when an owl was brought out to bring the rings down the aisle. Things didn’t exactly go according to plan, resulting in a series of very memorable wedding photos.
The bride and groom, Jeni Arrowsmith and Mark Wood, had decided to use a trained owl as their ring bearer as a surprise for their guests during the ceremony at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, on March 17th.
At first, the owl did its job well: it obediently flew from the trainer to the gloved hand of one of the wedding’s two best men.
But after a few seconds of fluttering while the best man tried to get the take from the owl, the owl noticed a seated man pointing at it with an outstretched arm. So, it did what it was trained to do: fly to the arm.
The owl dove at the second best man seated nearby who, unfortunately, is terrified of birds. That best man fell off his chair in surprise, causing a roar of laughter from the entire room.
It’s “one picture I’ll never forget taking,” Oliver writes. The entire incident was also captured by a nearby video camera:
After everyone had a good laugh, the beautiful wedding ceremony resumed.
Image credits: Photographs by Stacey Oliver and used with permission