Couple Cancel Cuba Honeymoon for ‘Dismal and Decaying’ Wedding at Banksy’s Dismaland

25 Aug 2015

Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare has been open to the public for just three days, and one couple have ditched a three-week honeymoon in Cuba to celebrate at the Banksy exhibition in Weston-super-Mare

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While many dream of a fairytale wedding, there are always those with an alternative approach: Simon Christie-Irwin and Rachelle Summerson-Wright are one such couple. Marrying in Newcastle last week, the couple cancelled a three-week honeymoon to Cuba to recreate their wedding day at Banksy’s Dismaland, which was exclusively revealed by Bride’s sister title The Weston Mercury last week (read more about the unveiling of the exhibition by world-renowned urban artist Banksy here).

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Donning her wedding dress for the second time, Christie posed in front of Banksy’s decaying castle, the installation in Weston’s Tropicana.

The Wedding Fairy, George Watts, from Weston, met the couple, now Mr and Mrs Christie-Irwin, in a chance encounter at the bemusement park.

Reporting on the encounter on The Wedding Fairy Blog, he said: “At first I thought Si and Rachelle Christie-Irwin were actors, employed to add a little sparkle to proceedings at Banksy’s fairytale castle, but as my brother-in-law got chatting, suddenly all became clear – this was the real deal. Dismaland’s first official wedding couple had landed at the bemusement park."

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“Si and Rachelle married last week in Newcastle in what they described as a ‘wedding in the woods’… sounds mysterious and rather fabulous, doesn’t it?" continues George. "And the theme? ‘Till death do us, party’.

“The venue of choice was actually Sweet Hope Lough – a gorgeous lakeside setting in Northumberland. Originally the couple had opted for a festival themed ‘I do’ at Glastonbury, but Rachelle didn’t turn up, so Si proposed again five years later whilst a band banged out ‘I touch myself’… the rest, as they say, is history.

“Their three week getaway to Cuba had been cancelled to be at Dismaland instead. And they have no idea of how, if, or when they will get any money back or an alternative date set.

“Yes, clearly it might be an understatement to call them #Banksy superfans, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, after all, to visit the world’s most exciting contemporary art exhibition… Cuba can happen anytime, right?

“Si told me Dismaland was like being at their wedding day anyway, so for them, they got to re-live their nuptials all over again for the bargain price of £3 a ticket.”

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The Mercury has also put together a gallery of more than 50 pictures from inside Banksy’s latest exhibition for those who can not make it to the show itself.

Find the Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury on Facebook, or follow the Dismaland coverage on Twitter @WSMercury.

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