I do, I do, I do! British couple celebrate their love with 22 wedding ceremonies around the world…and have EIGHT more still to go
Trip started with a very British ceremony in Didsbury, ManchesterEast Yorkshire's Alex Pelling and Lisa Grant still get nervous before every ceremonyPeruvian wedding their favourite so farWell wishers can request a wedding invitation through their blogCouple have covered over 55,000km of North and South America in their campervanThe pair take it turns to make breakfast in bed for each other every day
20:31 GMT, 8 August 2012
It is meant to be the happiest day of your life.
So Alex Pelling, 32, and Lisa Grant, 30, must be having an extremely happy year.
The East Yorkshire couple have been travelling the world since last summer and celebrating their love for each other by having 22 wedding ceremonies in different countries – and they still have eight to go.
Alex Pelling and Lisa Grant pictured with their campervan Peggy, left, and at the ceremony that started everything in Didsbury West Manchester, right
What's more, the pair say they are now more in love than ever.
So far they have been hitched among dolphins in Hawaii, dressed as vampires in LA, on an island in Honduras, in a crayfish-riddled lake in Michigan, in a vineyard in Quebec, on the beach in Mexico, on horseback in Banff and in 15 other locations around Central, South and North America.
Speaking to MailOnline, the
couple – who have known each other for 11 years and been dating for six – said: 'The idea came as we looked for a place to get married
before we left our lives behind to travel around the world for two
opportunities offered to us in the UK did not suit what we wanted, so we
decided to look for the perfect place to wed while we travelled.
a glass of wine or two the idea grew, and we made a decision to have a
small ceremony in every country we visited, with the local cultures and
traditions in mind.
end of our trip (which we have just extended to three years) we will
choose our favourite place to officially “tie the knot”!'
Rose petals and romance aboard an old ship in Costa Rica, left, and in Peru, right, where the couple say the ceremony was the most emotional, touching and beautiful
Old fashioned romance at a flower market in Seattle where local professional photographer Jonas Seaman helped them capture one of their special days
Ever since their first wedding in Manchester (which Alex organised as a surprise for Lisa), the couple have kept
an online blog about the travels, and professional photographers have
helped document the trip. Anyone who wishes to attend one of their ceremonies can request an invitation on their blog.
To fund the trip Alex and Lisa and sold both the car repair shop Alex owned and their home. Sticking to a strict weekly budget they have been travelling and living in their 25-year-old Dodge campervan, called Peggy, which has cut out any costs for accommodation.
Alex said: 'The budget is very tight but we are
managing. Our biggest cost is
fuel, obviously, and we do a weekly shop at local markets to reducing our living
'And of course we could not even begin to afford to throw a wedding
every other week if it was not for the generosity of the photographers,
suppliers, families and people we meet on our journey.
us for free or a minimal cost as they want to help us spread the love
and to be a part of our adventure!'
From a blood-soaked vampire wedding in Hollywood, left to spellbinding local rituals in Ecuador, right. The couple have stuck to a strict budget to enable their travels
couple – who have known each other for 11 years and been dating for six – get in to character and a bit of local costume in the South American country of Columbia
When asked about any problems they
have encountered along the way, the couple say making repairs to Peggy
has been the biggest hurdle.
'Making repairs to Peggy has been our biggest hurdle,' they said. 'We bought her in Canada and have
covered over 55,000km so far. We have only had minimal problems but
they have been difficult to solve with the language barriers!
'With regards to the wedding side of the journey, everyone has been so
accommodating and we have had very few obstacles, only once were we
turned away for a ceremony for not having commited to the same religious
beliefs as the local church.
'And even then the church invited us to
attend mass and dedicated that evenings prayers to us and our travels
and commitments to each other.'
The couple say their Peru wedding was
'the most emotional, touching and stunningly beautiful; and therefore
probably their favourite, and that one of the trickiest to organise was
in Belize, where they wanted to
hold a ceremony in the
Toledo district with help from local Mayan people, but where a week-long
torrential downpour and a photographer stuck 600km away hampered
'We were about ready to give up when the
sun came out just in time for the wedding! It was a beautiful day and we
learned such an important lesson about the things we take for granted!'
The couple's trusty campervan Peggy joins them at the drive-thru chapel in Las Vegas, left, and a blustery beach is the perfect backdrop in El Salvador, right
(L-R) A Canadian ranch wedding in Banff (complete with leather chaps and a Stetson), saying their vows riverside in Belize and a romantic sunset in Nicaragua
Luckily, the couple say the only unpleasant wedding guests they have had have been 'a
thousand banana spiders in Honduras on the island of Utila, and maybe a
couple of smelly drunk fishermen in Chile'.
Even more luckily, they say they are still as much in love as they were when their adventure began.
probably more so! We are together 24 hours a day, seven days a week and
live in a van. We arrange weddings, share the driving, split the blog
workload and take it turns to make each other breakfast in bed every
'If there is anything
that makes you know you are meant to be together it is surviving this
trip without a single argument. We still get nervous before every single
Alex and Lisa are running a competition with Zankyou and Unicef to fly two people out to their final destination wedding.
To enter, visit their blog www.2people1life.com
A local photographer gets arty with some underwater effects in Mexico, left, and the couple toast their second wedding at a vineyard in Quebec, right
Lisa looks out of place against a backdrop in Belize. The couple say the only unpleasant wedding guests they have had have been 'a
thousand banana spiders in Honduras on the island of Utila, and maybe a
couple of smelly drunk fishermen in Chile'
A dolphin joins in the slightly soggy celebrations in Hawaii, left, and the couple pose for another cinematic shot in Columbia after the ceremony, right
Two snaps from their trip to Vancouver, Canada. The couple admit that they still get pre-wedding jitters before every single ceremony, even after 22 times!
(L-R) Lisa throws a bouquet in the industrial surroundings of Vancouver airport before the couple head south to the Mexican coast and then on to Guatemala
In Guatemala the couple are dressed in the colourful clothes as they are blessed. They say that they are still as much in love now as they were when the adventure began