Bat-man and wife! Couple renew wedding vows with superhero themed wedding

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Neil Armstrong and his wife Shirley renew their wedding vows in a superhero themed ceremony
Neil Armstrong and his wife Shirley renew their wedding vows in a superhero themed ceremony

A couple were pronounced Bat-man and wife after they renewed their wedding vows – with a superhero theme.

Comic-mad Neil and Shirley Armstrong, 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.

Neil Armstrong and his wife Shirley renew their wedding vows in a superhero themed ceremony
Neil Armstrong and his wife Shirley renew their wedding vows in a superhero themed ceremony

And Superman, Iron Man, Catwoman and Captain America were also among 100 guests at the colourful ceremony.

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.

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Shirley laughs in her Poison Ivy costume
Shirley laughs in her Poison Ivy costume

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The couple indulge their love of comics
The couple indulge their love of comics

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Guests at the ceremony join in the spirit of the event by attending dressed in Superman outfits
Guests at the ceremony join in the spirit of the event by attending dressed in Superman outfits

“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.

“But this was a chance to say ‘I love you and I want us to spend the rest of our lives together’.”

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 when the couple first wed in Lincoln on September 5, 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.”

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