Holy Bat-trimony! Wacky Lincoln couple renew their wedding vows with a SUPERHERO theme
12:26 GMT, 28 September 2012
A wacky couple were pronounced Bat-man and wife after they renewed their wedding vows dressed as Batman and Poison Ivy, the villainess portrayed by Uma Thurman in the 1997 film, Batman and Robin.
Comic-mad Neil and Shirley Armstrong rom Lincoln, both 40, even walked down the aisle to the iconic theme from the 60s TV show.
The best man role went to Neil’s brother Carl, 35, who dressed as the Caped Crusader’s sidekick Robin. Superman, Iron Man, Catwoman and Captain America were also among 100 guests at the colourful ceremony.
It's Batman and wife! Neil and Shirley Armstrong renewed their vows in a superhero themed ceremony
Superheroes (and villainesses) unite! Registrar Glyn Evans conducted the ceremony but didn't dress up
Fancy dress: Guests including Kerri-Ann Rasen and Cindy Clayton (left and centre) dressed up as superheroes for the Armstrong's big day. Even the youngest guests got creative with their clothes (above)
Where's the Joker Neil and Shirley with colourfully dressed guests at their Lincoln wedding
The pair opted for the unusual wedding when they decided to renew their vows after 20 years of marriage. They walked down the aisle dressed as arch enemies Batman and Poison Ivy while surrounded by friends and family on September 22.
Former army lance corporal Neil said: 'We always said we wanted to renew our vows when we got to 20 years and with us both turning 40 it made it an even better time to do it.
'We thought we’d do a fancy dress theme and we both like super heroes. Because we had already done the formal ceremony we thought it would be a fun thing to do.
'We’ve been together since we were 17-years-old and so it was a great chance for us to show our commitment to each other. I actually think we’re closer now than ever before. She’s my best friend, but we probably don’t say ‘I love you’ enough.
'This was a chance to say “I love you and I want us to spend the rest of our lives together”.'
Reliant Robin: The couple with best man, Carl Armstrong, who came dressed as Batman's sidekick, Robin
She's made an effort! Guest Jaycee Armstrong, 8, (pictured left) came as a witch
Where's the Batmobile when you need it Neil and Carl Armstrong sprint towards the camera
The Incredibles: Neil and Shirley with daughters (left to right) Alex, 17, Megan, 12, best man Carl, and Beth, 12
An emotional ceremony saw the couple, from Lincoln, exchange rings and make personal vows. Shirley said: “When you say things like that it brings it all out and you can’t keep it in.
'A lot of people who came were there the day we got married and I think a lot of them didn’t think we would make it, so I was so pleased they could be here to celebrate it with us.'
Brother Carl, 35, was also best man at the couple's first wedding in Lincoln in 1992. He was joined in an opening procession by the rest of the couple’s family, including their three children.
Alex, 17, was dressed as cartoon heroine She-Ra and her twin 14-year-old sisters Megan and Beth went as The Joker and Sub-Zero from the video game Mortal Kombat.
Registrar Glyn Evans said the super hero idea theme was unusual for civil ceremonies. He said: 'I’ve done themed ones before – but never a super hero one.'
Inspiration: Uma Thurman as villainess Poison Ivy and Christian Bale as the superhero in The Dark Knight
Superheroes: Guests Paul Davey and Julie McLean came as Superman and Superwoman
This superhero lark is cat-ching: Guest Nicole Tossell (pictured left) came as Catwoman
Pink peril: Angie and Steve Austin attended as Penelope Pitstop and Wacky Races villian Dick Dastardly