| Last updated
Picking out a wedding dress for the big day is usually one of the most important jobs for a bride, but one decided to by-pass that whole palaver by turning up naked.
A bit extreme, you might think, but naturists Rachel and Nigel Seymour decided that it would only be fitting to get wed stark, b****** naked - in honour of how they met.
The couple, who also have a 20-year age gap, invited their guests to join them in their nakedness at a second ceremony.
Nigel, 50 and care assistant Rachel, 30, met playing table tennis 'au naturel' on a Greek island holiday in June 2017. With both of them members of British Naturism - a society for people who enjoy nudity - it took just six months for Nigel to propose at a weekend organised by the group in Staffordshire, in front of 400 naked strangers.
"Getting married in the buff with your friends and family is still just as magical an experience.
"It felt really freeing. We met in the buff, Nigel proposed in the buff and we had a ceremony naked. It closed the chapter."
The pair had a 'textile' ceremony (where they had clothes on and it was legally binding) in June 2019, and then waited until the August to have their naturist celebration, with the bride's father no less.
Fellow naturist Harvey Allen, 74, Rachel's dad, was the official photographer, and captured the couple and their guests sunbathing, playing tennis, swimming and eating a buffet lunch.
Rachel, who has a one-year-old son, Michael, with Nigel, explained: "It was a little less serious than the textile wedding. There was more of a jokey, fun vibe.
"All guests had to bring with them was a towel and some sun cream.
"The officiator who conducted the civil blessing was not a naturist, but we had asked around and found someone who said they would be willing to be naked."
Growing up in a naturist family has made nudity second nature to Rachel, while Nigel only discovered the true pleasure of going naked, aged 40, when it helped him to overcome his poor body image.
He explained: "What I liked was that you had no idea what people did in their day-to-day lives - whether they were a judge, a doctor, or a police officer. Being naked just levels everyone out."
"The reaction we've had from friends and family who did not attend the blessing was very much, 'That's not for us but you carry on and let us know how you get on,'" he said.
"But we loved every minute of it."
Rachel, who as a key worker has still been going to work, has performed her job fully clothed, but she has had some problems exercising at home in her natural state.
She explained: "Like everybody else, we're having to be creative at home.
"I've been doing my exercises - some squats, leg extensions and using weights, sometimes using the baby as one, because he is quite heavy! He giggles his way through it.
"But I've had to put a bra on to stop my breasts bouncing about!"
Meanwhile, Nigel - who has been gardening naked on a patch of land where they are not overlooked by neighbours, cannot wait to skinny dip again when larger gatherings are permitted.
He said: "It's been such nice weather that we've planting sunflowers and tomatoes. There is only a small area of our garden where we are not overlooked by the neighbours, though, so we do have to be a bit careful and make sure to stick to that area when we're nude."
Featured Image Credit: PA Real Life
Topics: UK News
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read