A British couple who spent £9,000 on their dream wedding ceremony in Spain were jilted at the altar - by their priest.
Gary and Marie Mead had organised a ceremony with 74 of their friends after legally marrying in Las Vegas last August.
The pair had gone to great lengths to create their big day - from learning their vows in Spanish to exporting a cake from England - only to be left locked outside the pretty Las Alcazares church in Murcia, with no priest.
Gary, 51, who runs a scaffolding business, told the Daily Mail: 'The priest we had booked the whole thing with just never showed up.
'Our friends had a blessing by him in the same church just over a year ago and said how great it had been so we thought we'd do the same.
'When we got to the church and realised it was shut I grew more and more concerned but in the end we had to laugh.
'We knew the Spanish had a more laid-back attitude but didn't think it was this extreme.'
The couple had wanted a celebration near their villa in Mil Palmeras - but they didn't let a small thing like no priest put them off enjoying their reception.
After waiting 'for ages in a bar near the church', the couple realised he was coming, and along with their wedding party headed to the beach, before making their way to their reception at a nearby bar.
They have not contacted the priest for an explanation so far.
Marie said: 'All I'm really missing from the day are pictures inside the church.
'We have just chalked it up to experience - we would not go through it again, it is surprising how much work went into it.
'I'm happy though - we had a lovely celebration with families and friends and have some great pictures to remember the day, it was definitely memorable.'
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