Traveller pair’s big day was the talk of the town

The horse-drawn carriage travels through Amble. Picture by The Ambler
The horse-drawn carriage travels through Amble. Picture by The Ambler

A horse-drawn carriage and an eye-catching dress covered in crystals – all the spectacle and extravagance of a traveller wedding descended on Amble last Friday.

The lavish occasion was the talk of the town and crowds lined the streets to soak up the experience, as Joey Ward, 22, and Rebecca Johnstone, 19, tied the knot.

Rebecca Johnstone in her dress. Picture by The Ambler.

Rebecca Johnstone in her dress. Picture by The Ambler.

The bride’s magnificent dress, complete with Swarovski crystals, certainly stole the show.

And the teenager, who lives in Amble, travelled to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in style, arriving in a stunning cream carriage, pulled by two white horses with red plumes.

Scottish traveller Rebecca told the Gazette that her big day was truly memorable.

She said: “I had a fantastic day. My dress was amazing and I felt like a princess.

Rebecca Johnstone married Joey Ward last Friday. Picture by The Ambler.

Rebecca Johnstone married Joey Ward last Friday. Picture by The Ambler.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone who watched me getting married.”

Rebecca’s gown was made at The Dressmakers Dummy, in South Shields.

Owner Cherie Sim said: “It took three months to make, from start to finish. It was intricate and had Swarovski crystals all over it, including heart shapes which were made out of the crystals. The wedding and the dress were heart-themed.

“Rebecca was involved in the whole process and she was so excited. When I put her in her dress on the day, we were both in tears. It was an absolute privilege to make the gown for her.”

Cherie was invited to the wedding and she admits that the occasion will live long in her memory. She also praised the folk of Amble who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Rebecca and Irish traveller Joey’s big day.

She said: “It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had at someone’s wedding. It was packed and all her family and friends were so happy to see her get married.

“It was nice that people came out and waited to see this beautiful girl going to her wedding. It drew a lot of attention and every single thing about it was amazing.

“People were lining the streets and that was the nice thing about it. People were waiting for Rebecca to come along in the carriage and they all wanted to see the bride.”

The occasion attracted comments on social-networking site Facebook.

Penny Horseman wrote: ‘What an occasion. Enjoyed every minute. Bless them both’. Katrina Cassidy said it ‘put a smile on everyone’s face’.