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Chicken ring bearers leave Aldershot wedding guests shell-shocked

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:59pm 28th October 2016. (Updated at 4:13pm 28th October 2016)

Your big day - the day you have been dreaming off since a child...

You have to make it stand out among your friends and family - but how?

An Aldershot couple went the egg-tra mile.

They took the term 'hen-do' to a whole new level to make their big day one to remember.

Ky and Lizzie Gatherer scrapped the ring boy and flower girl for a couple of other special people in their lives.

It isn't unpopular for the happy couple to invite their pet to take up the important role of delivering the rings in society today...

We've heard of dogs bounding down the aisle with the jewellery but this took things further.

Blossom and Clucky flapped through the church on the big day - the couple's hens. 

A few feathers were ruffled when these two turned up:

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Yes you are seeing this right. 

The ex-caged chickens even wore knitted jackets to match the bridesmaids’ dresses which contained little pockets to safeguard the rings.

The plucky pair were adopted from the British Hen Welfare Trust by Ky and Lizzie Gatherer, who are volunteers with the charity and regularly adopt bird themselves.

Ky and Lizzie have been together for 11 years and tied the knot on Wednesday, October 5.

The big day was egg-traordinary:

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It gets better though.

Their entire day was chicken-themed, right down to their wedding cake which was made using free range eggs laid by their own hens.

The guests were shell shocked:

hen wedding

Lizzie said: “People who know Ky and I know that we are a little bit wacky.  

"We knew people were expecting a quirky and unconventional wedding from us and some people made jokes about the girls being ring bearers.  

“We decided that it would be a big surprise if the girls really were ring bearers as I think nobody thought it could be possible!”

Ky and Lizzie really went to some lengths to ensure their girls could be part of their big day.

They ensured they had:

- extra public liability insurance

- an animal handler

- and a strict condition regarding the clearing up of any hen poo

Lizzie said the girls really stole the show and took all the guests by surprise.

“The best bit about our wedding was the surprised look on everyone’s faces when our best man Mark was asked for the rings.

“He patted his pockets, looked a bit dismayed and then the song “Here Come the Girls” started to play! 

“Our wonderful friend Jane Marshall came through the doors, pushing a carriage which contained Blossom and Clucky, two of our BHWT girls. 

"They wore little knitted jackets to match the bridesmaid’s dresses and there were little pockets so that each girl had the most important job of carrying a ring for both of us!

"They wore little knitted jackets to match the bridesmaid’s dresses"


"Our talented friend Ruth Brooker made the knitted jackets!”

And it seems all the attention might have gone to the girls’ heads!

Lizzie added: “Since being ring bearers, Clucky has become a bit of a diva – she came into the house the day after the wedding to inspect all our wedding cards and also helped herself to quite a large beak-full of our wedding cake."

Ky and Lizzie first adopted hens through the BHWT in 2012 and now have 21 hens.

They named each of the seven tables at their wedding breakfast after the first seven hens they adopted - Alice, Eve, Fhenton, Clara, Atilla the Hen, Elsie May and Squiffy.

Lizzie added: “Our wedding was perfect, perfectly different and I am so glad we were able to share it with our girls whom we are so passionate about."

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Photos by Ideal Imaging, Alistair Jones

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