Bride arrives by fishing boat

Janet Shoesmith arriving by boat for her wedding
Janet Shoesmith arriving by boat for her wedding
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A BRIDE opted for a more unusual way of tying the knot with her husband-to-be at the weekend.

Instead of arriving at church, Janet Shoesmith came by fishing boat off St Leonards beach to wed her partner Martin. She got ashore safely, much to the surprise of holidaymakers sunning themselves on the beach, for the couple’s wedding at Azur, Marina Pavilion on Saturday.

The loved-up pair, of Bexhill Road, St Leonards, decided to hold the offbeat ceremony because Mr Shoesmith is a part-time fisherman in Hastings and enjoys angling as a hobby.

And rather than ask for wedding gifts, the couple invited guests to make donations to Hastings and Pett Level RNLI.

They were only too happy to oblige and so far more than £500 has been raised.

Mrs Shoesmith, a physio assistant at the Conquest Hospital, said: “It was a fabulous and amazing day for us.

“Roland Kelly, an Old Town fisherman, took me by boat as he is very good friends with Martin. When I arrived my eldest son Stuart gave me away.”

She chose not to have bridesmaids, instead having an entourage of friends, who had helped her with her hair and dress. They entered to the tune of Here Come the Girls before Mrs Shoesmith herself entered to Pachelbel’s Canon in D major. Sara Hedges, Robert Hedges, and Elle Shoesmith were witnesses, with Dave Skinner as Martin’s best man.

The ceremony was immediately followed by a spectacular 15-minute air display by a stunt pilot who managed to draw a love heart in the sky.

Mrs Shoesmith first met her husband, who works for family-run business S&T Windows, 10 years ago when he was fitting new windows at her mother’s flat.

The newlyweds spent a couple of days at a spa hotel in Hythe, Kent, following their wedding and plan to go to Turkey later in the year.