Shrek Wedding: Going Green For Cancer Charity

A couple painted themselves green and dressed as movie characters Shrek and Princess Fiona to get hitched in a fairytale wedding.

Amanda and Nathan Gibbs used their big day to raise money for charity.

The pair had planned a small ceremony but after losing several friends to cancer, they decided on the Hollywood theme to increase awareness of the disease.

Instead of wedding gifts, the couple - who have been together for eight years - asked people to donate money to Cancer Research.

The Gibbs, from Kingswinford, tied the knot at Priory Hall in Priory Park, Dudley, West Midlands.

Guests also got involved in the themed celebrations, dressing up as the Gingerbread Man, Mickey Mouse and Jack Sparrow from Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Former bricklayer Mr Gibbs, 39, said: "In the last 15 months we've lost seven of our customers to cancer. It just broke our hearts.

"We wanted to do something to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage more people to go and get checked out."

The pair used to joke that if they ever got married, they would have a fairytale wedding.

He added: "It was a standing joke between us. All our friends started getting married and I said 'When we do it we'll have a fairytale wedding. I'll be Shrek and you can be Princess Fiona'.

"Earlier this year we held a fundraiser for Cancer Research and we were talking about what else we could do when Shrek came on the TV. We turned to each other and laughed."

Plans got under way for the wedding but he and Mrs Gibbs, 44, were then hit with more bad news.

"My sister Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was such a shock. We were trying to do something to help others and then it happened to us."

Luckily his sister has been given the all-clear but it made the couple even more determined to highlight the disease.

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