Unusal guest at Ashdown Forest wedding

Kate, Freddie and Alper enjoy their reception
Kate, Freddie and Alper enjoy their reception

An unusual guest couldn’t help but take centre stage at a stylish wedding.

Freddie, a distinguished llama, showed off his wedding bow tie in photographs which will adorn the happy couple’s mantelpiece for years.

Freddie took part in the first-ever wedding to be staged at the Ashdown Forest Llama Park on July 26.

Kate Crummy and Alper Aydin enjoyed a barn-style marriage and wedding reception - held to the sound of acoustic guitar music and plenty of good food and dancing.

There were other llamas there too, all decked out in blue and white polka dot ties. Owner Bobby Schuck said the day was such a resounding success, the Llama Park is now staging its second wedding on August 30.

With the awarding of a Marriage Licence last May, the completion of a Marriage Barn and final touches having been made to its 144 square metre entertainment barn, The Llama Park at Wych Cross on the edge of Ashdown Forest is now ready to celebrate special occasions with all its customers.

Bobby went on: “Our Marriage Barn and entertaining space has given the Park a whole new dimension. We can now offer a tailormade full service for weddings, children’s parties, conferences, kids’ parties and can, hopefully, look forward to some fun Christmas parties too.”

The Park has an alcohol licence enabling it stay open late to provide entertainment facilities for customers - one of its main attractions for people celebrating special occasions is that when it closes to the publc at 5pm guests have the park and all the animals to themselves.

Susan Barry, Bobby’s wife, hopes to establish a reputation for tailoring special occasions to customers’ wishes - for example a country and western style wedding with music to match and straw bale seating, or a formal cut-crystal, top hat and tails affair.

She added: “We’re a sociable, family run business and we put our heart and soul into it all. If you’re interested in inviting a llama to your wedding or party then contact the Park on: 01825 712040 or email: bobby@llamapark.co.uk