Jailhouse nuptials for happy couple

Published Monday, 18 February 2013
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It has often been said that marriage is like a life sentence, but one happy couple who celebrated their nuptials at an unusual Belfast location, were very happy to lock down their love.

Jailhouse nuptials for happy couple
Peter and Claire Greenwood, in gaol on their happy day. (© UTV)

Peter and Claire Greenwood spent their big day in jail - Crumlin Road Gaol - as the first couple to celebrate their wedding at Belfast's tourist attraction.

It's an extraordinary venue for a big day, but the moment Claire saw it, it captured her heart.

"We were here a few years ago on a tour," she explained. "It was a historic tour and we came round [the venue] and thought, 'This is amazing' and then, when we heard that the renovations were being done, we came down for the tour with Brian McKibbin.

"It was absolutely beautiful."

She added: "I have always wanted to have a black and white wedding so it really fitted in."

Brian McKibbin, of Crumlin Road Gaol, explained: "It is very, very unique location, it's very quirky and very different."

The bride and groom hosted their drinks reception in the governor's corridor, the evening meal in the lower circle, which was the old Victorian jail kitchen, followed by a disco in the evening on C wing.

One guest said: "The building is absolutely amazing - and to be somewhere where so much history...so much has gone on, in a way I suppose you are very humbled that a lot of people, for whatever reason, were kept here."

The lovebirds are now looking forward to starting their life together on the outside.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
Michelle in Australia wrote (10 days ago):
Kate, you need to re read the story darling. They never got married there they celebrated their wedding there. Quite a difference really. And may I add its Crumlin Road Gaol not Jail????
kate smith in belfast wrote (526 days ago):
think its disgraceful that any sane couple would want to get married in crumlin road jail!its a place of suffering and death. words fail me actually!
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