It’s not everyday that you see a man riding a horse made up of groomsmen, dancers, a wood nymph and a man with a bit and bridle in his mouth.
Without an actual horse to bear him to the altar (something about a horse-bagpipe conflict), Leon Potter found himself atop supporting friends during his medieval-themed wedding at the Whitley House Bed and Breakfast in Qualicum Beach Monday.
The medieval theme, he said, came about through his and his new wife Geraldine’s love of theatre. Leon is a drama instructor at Vancouver Island University and Geraldine runs a dance school.
“We wanted something more,” Leon said, “a signature wedding.”
With buy-in from family and friends, they set about to get everyone into costume for the medieval theme.
There were princesses, knights, maidens and magicians on both the groom’s and bride’s side of the ceremony, held on the Whitley House grounds.
After being deposited at the altar, Leon waited for his bride to arrive, shielded by fair maidens carrying large leaves to shield the view of those gathered. The bridesmaids entered, one-by-one, following a scattering of flower petals, and then it was Geraldine’s turn.
The pair were wed and spirited away to the reception on site, presiding over a festival table with all of their merry men and women.