Sexually graphic wedding photoshoot forces Greek island to ban all foreign weddings
With the rise of social media, you now don't even have to attend a wedding to see what it was like, as albums full of hundreds of photos from the occasion flood Facebook the next day. So with these images and videos filling up social media feeds, people are always looking for a way to make their big day stand out among the crowd. But in an effort to post a unique photo as newlyweds, this couple went too far.
Matthew, 27, and his new wife Carly, 34, got married in Rhodes in September this year, and decided to translate their particular sense of humour into their wedding photos. The couple, who come from Birmingham in the UK, posed imitating oral sex, with Matthew stood with his pants down and his wife kneeling in front of him in her wedding dress, as he punched the air.
This is pretty scandalous as it is, but the worst thing about the photo is the location that it was taken. Since the wedding and the subsequent photos took place outside a sacred Greek Orthodox monastery, the locals in the area were highly offended, as you would expect. The island's top bishop has now forbidden any more foreigners from getting married in the area, leading to many couples having to find last-minute replacements for their ceremonies.
The photo was posted on Facebook, as per the couple's plan, but the post went viral far beyond their expectations, saying that "the whole thing went mad".
The Mail Online reached out to Matthew's grandfather, who told him the photo left him "disgusted".
Giorgos Eleftheriou, president of the Lindos community on the island, told The Times:
"We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites. We cannot allow this disgusting behaviour to prevail.
"I have hundreds of soon-to-be brides from Britain and all over the world calling me today in tears because of this decision.
"Shame on those two for the damage they have done. Would they have done the same in their homeland; in front of a British chapel, a Jewish temple, a Muslim mosque?"
The photo, which was taken near a harbour, was actually taken by one of their family members attending the wedding on September 25. "It was something we said we'd do for a joke," Carly explained, "We expected a lot of laughs and jokes from people but didn't expect it to be as popular as it was."
As a result of the ban, hundreds of couples have been forced to cancel their big days, including Suzanne from Lancashire. She was planning to get married to her fiancé at St. Paul's chapel in Rhodes next May, but now those plans are in jeopardy. They booked the ceremony day two years ago, an expensive day that may have fallen apart.
"I'm absolutely devastated that these idiots have spoilt my dream wedding. We have 52 guests coming from the UK for it and have booked to stay for a week. We have spent around £40,000 on this wedding. It was booked two years ago, when we got engaged two-and-a-half years ago.
We were originally thinking of getting married in Cyprus but then when I saw the chapel I knew I wanted it there. I've been to Rhodes a few times so I know how nice it is there.
It's such an anxious wait for us because I don't want to have to get married on a beach. We can't change the location because we have spent so much money on it already.
My message to the mayor would be that the British are not all like this couple. We want to come for a quaint and quiet celebration with our friends and family. I can't believe what the couple did. I hope that he can see that we are not all like that."
The Mayor of Rhodes is due to make a final decision on the ban in the next few weeks, and then these unlucky couples will find out whether their dream day will come to fruition or not.
This isn't the only wedding scandal to happen recently either. Did you hear about the groom who played a video to expose his unfaithful bride on their wedding day?