Tug-o-War couple tie a nautical knot out at sea

The happy couple on board the Phoenix
The happy couple on board the Phoenix

They might have been out to sea but this happy couple were not lost when they tied the knot off the coast of Hastings last Sunday (August 3).

Louise Patten, 41, and Jamie Copeland,34, enjoyed a nautical wedding off the Harbour Arm, and despite some choppy weather the pair had a day to remember on board the Phoenix.

The couple, of Edmund Road, had planned to get married at the annual Tug-o-War competition after they first met there six years ago, and have been roped together ever since.

But as Old Town Week was moved back a week, Jamie and Louise, who both pull for the Hastings and St Leonards Angling Club, had to find another way to marry in style and decided to get hitched out at sea.

Jamie said: “It was absolutely wonderful.

“The sea was a bit choppy so we stayed inside the Harbour Arm.

“It was really great being blessed at sea and everyone absolutely loved it.

“It was my idea to get married on the boat as I do a lot of fishing, I love fishing and I love the sea.

“And Lou absolutely loved the whole day, all our family did.”

Last year the couple made the Observer when Jamie roped Louise into marrying him at the annual Tug-o-War .

He proposed to her in front of hundreds of onlookers, grabbing the MC’s microphone, getting down on one knee and producing a ring.

Although Jamie and Louise didn’t officially get married at this year’s Tug-o-War, they were treated to a surprise mock wedding.

“It was a complete surprise. We had Haribo rings and I had to wear a red wig and waistcoat and Lou had a veil. It was a great day.”