It was a wedding with a “Whole Lotta Love” for one Barrowford couple.
For newlyweds Ray and Jane Jenkins decided to surprise their 44 daytime and 120 evening guests by ditching tradition for Led Zeppelin themed nuptials.
The rock fans were keen to pack their big day with as much sentimental value as possible - not only making their shared love of music a major focal point but basing their venue choice of Towneley Hall around Mr Jenkins’ childhood memories of visiting the site with his grandmother. And following the death of Mr Jenkins’s mum Doreen, the couple were also set on including her in the celebrations. Mr Jenkins began by proposing at her grave, and Mrs Jenkins also integrated one of Doreen’s brooches into her headwear.
The budding bride wore a black basque with a Led Zeppelin flag sewn onto it, a ripped denim mini skirt, and a steampunk top hat, while the groom tied the knot wearing jeans, an 18-year-old denim ripped shirt, and a waistcoat with Led Zeppelin badges covering it.
Mrs Jenkins was walked down two aisles, with her brother Maurice taking her down the first and her twin sons Alec and Harri accompanying her down the second. Her bridesmaids Millie Davies and Deborah Guyer, and pageboy Tommy Davies, were also in Led Zeppelin inspired outfits.
The duo’s “Rock and Roll” bash was followed by a reception at Bombay Lounge.
Mrs Jenkins (46), who is originally from Rossendale, said: “We have both been into Led Zeppelin for years and we wanted to do something different - I’m not a traditionalist.
“We did do the invites in denim with Led Zeppelin logos on them, but nobody really read into it.
“It went absolutely like a breeze - there were no hang ups.”
Mr Jenkins (60), who is originally from Burnley and who was supported on his wedding day by best man Andrew Jenkins, added: “Towneley Hall was an ideal place to get married - Ken Darwen, the manager, was brilliant.
“Everybody said they were astonished, and said that only we could do something like that. It was amazing when Jane walked down the aisle, I had no idea what to expect.”
Despite waiting 17 years to wed, the couple always knew that one day they would be saying “I do”. Their love story began when Mrs Jenkins was at college, and Mr Jenkins walked into her former workplace New Waggoners, in Manchester Road, Burnley, and told his best friend “I’m going to marry her”.
And after the question had finally been popped on August 17th this year, the duo decided to not only prepare for their new life together as husband and wife but also as business partners. Mrs Jenkins, who will honeymoon with her husband in Tenerife in the New Year, said: “A couple of days after Ray proposed to me, I said ‘I am going to open a bridal shop’. Within 100 days, we prepared for the wedding, decorated the house, and set up the shop.”
Their new business Finishing Touches, in Gisburn Road, Barrowford, will open its doors on December 2nd - offering bespoke wedding dresses, which will be created with the help of seamstress Angela Britton, a dress agency and a sunbed lounge.