Newlywed Georgina Rice got a bird’s eye view of married life as she floated up to her wedding reception on DZG’s vintage chairlift.
For Georgina and groom, Steven, the two-minute ride to the courtyard of the 11th century Dudley Castle, at the heart of the zoological gardens, was the icing on their wedding cake and staff pulled out all the stops to make it a day to remember. The couple, from Dudley, were married on Saturday (July 6) at Holy Trinity Church, Old Hill, in Sandwell, before enjoying a wedding breakfast at The Village Hotel, in Castle Gate. They then set off for their evening reception in a marquee in the castle courtyard travelling by the country’s only vintage chairlift, a 1958 model that reopened last year following refurbishment. Wedding photographer Terry Comerford, who captured the happy couple’s chairlift ride, said: “They were so excited about it and Georgina couldn’t wait to for the chairlift to set off. They had a fantastic time and the pictures look really good, it was just perfect.” Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “When we heard about their request we were determined to make it a special moment, although we were slightly concerned how the dress would fit into the chair, but we needn’t have worried, it all went like a dream and Georgina and Steven couldn’t stop smiling. “It was certainly an impressive entrance!” The newlyweds are set to honeymoon in the Caribbean, but have promised to take another journey on the chairlift – in civvies – when they return.