LONDON – A British couple have said ‘I do’ 66 times in a bid to find the perfect wedding location.
Hopeless romantics Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant, from Manchester, have spent the last three years travelling the globe and have been married 66 times along the way.
The couple have had a traditional wedding ceremony in every destination they have visited on their journey – but are yet to legally tie the knot.
Lisa, 32, and Alex, 34, had been friends for eight years when they began dating in 2008.
In 2011, after four years living together, Alex and Lisa made the brave decision to uproot their lives and follow their dream to relocate in Australia, beginning their location hunt.
Just one day after they said I do for the first time in a traditional ceremony in their hometown of Didsbury, they started their search for the very best place Down Under.
The couple rented out their house and sold their possessions to get funding for their trip. Lisa quit her job as a retail manager for Marks and Spencer while Alex sold his car body repair business.
On their way to Australia, the couple decided to travel the world and their idea slowly transformed into finding the best place in the world to wed, by trying each one out, embracing the local marriage cultures and traditions as much as possible in every location.
Their aim was to find the most exceptional and unique wedding locations possible, blogging about their experiences so others could better chose where to tie the knot themselves.
During their third wedding in Michigan in 2011, near the beginning of their search
A vintage-style English wedding that was held in Didsbury just before the couple started their journey – they flew to Canada the very next day
Alex said: ‘Lisa and I are crazy romantics – we had looked at getting married in the UK but found that most things on offer were very conventional and we really are not.
‘So we thought about looking for unusual places to get married in each country as we travelled around.
‘We thought we would share our experiences via a blog for those out-of-the-box thinkers like ourselves that didn’t fancy the usual wedding.
Taking part in a traditional Peruvian wedding on their 21st Big Day in Peru in June 2012
‘Then, a bottle of wine or two later, we decided it would be a good idea to have a ceremony everywhere we went so we could experience them all first hand.
‘Our friends and family thought we were crazy, but once we explained the idea they loved it – as long as we didn’t get legally married by accident.
‘The point of our journey is to experience the way other cultures celebrate marriage. It is one ritual that the whole world has in common – unity.’
The couple after their traditional Guatemalan wedding which took place on the terrace of a hotel with stunning views of the three volcanoes. The Xaman lit a fire of cigars, rose petals and candles and made offerings to the Gods and held the ceremony in Mayan
The beautiful Villa de Leyva was the location for this traditional Colombian farmer style wedding. Lisa arrived at on a donkey and they had a sheep as a guest ‘as it is tradition’