A NUDIST couple tied the knot in the buff in front of 40 naked wedding guests – and even the officiator was in his birthday suit.
Nigel, 59, and Rachel Seymour, 30, met on a naturist holiday in 2017, and following a whirlwind romance the couple got engaged six months later.
Nigel, a vehicle restorer, got down on one knee in front of 400 naked strangers while on a holiday organised by British Naturism, a society for people who enjoy nudity, which the couple are members of.
Sticking with the theme, Nigel and Rachel, a care assistant, decided to get married in the nude, surrounded by 40 of their friends and family.
The couple, who share one-year-old Michael, headed to naturist haunt, the Oakwood Sun Club, in Essex, for the revealing ceremony last year.
Rachel said: “Our naked wedding made perfect sense, as it meant I didn’t have to spend £1,000 on a wedding dress.
“Getting married in the buff with your friends and family is still just as magical an experience.
“It felt really freeing. We met in the buff, Nigel proposed in the buff and we had a ceremony naked. It closed the chapter.”
The pair had a legal ceremony – while fully clothed – which they refer to as the ‘textile' event.
Rachel added: “It was a little less serious than the textile wedding. There was more of a jokey, fun vibe.
“All guests had to bring with them was a towel and some sun cream.”
Nigel added: “The reaction we’ve had from friends and family who did not attend the blessing was very much, ‘That’s not for us but you carry on and let us know how you get on.
“But we loved every minute of it.”
The couple even found someone willing to strip to conduct the ceremony, with Rachel saying: “The officiator who conducted the civil blessing was not a naturist, but we had asked around and found someone who said they would be willing to be naked.”
And in-keeping with the theme, the newlyweds went on a naked holiday at the world’s largest naturist village in the South of France.
Being naked has been a way of life for Rachel, who grew up with a naturist dad, Harvey Allen, 74, who was the photographer at the wedding.
Nigel came late to the idea, and only started stripping off nine years ago to help him overcome his poor body image.
He said: “What I liked was that you had no idea what people did in their day-to-day lives – whether they were a judge, a doctor, or a police officer. Being naked just levels everyone out.
“We both love nudity. It doesn’t matter what you look like, what size, colour, creed, occupation you are. Everybody is on the same level when they are naked and nobody judges you.”
The couple are adjusting to life in the lockdown, with key worker Rachel still working everyday – fully clothed.
But she admitted she’s had to be “creative” at home – particularly when it comes to exercising.
She said: “I’ve been doing my exercises – some squats, leg extensions and using weights, sometimes using the baby as one, because he is quite heavy! He giggles his way through it.
“But I’ve had to put a bra on to stop my breasts bouncing about!”
While they can be naked in the house, the couple only have a small patch of garden which isn’t overlooked by the neighbours, where they can strip off.
Nigel said: “It’s been such nice weather that we’ve planting sunflowers and tomatoes.
“There is only a small area of our garden where we are not overlooked by the neighbours, though, so we do have to be a bit careful and make sure to stick to that area when we’re nude.
“The main change for us has been missing out on events with our nudist friends and family. We can’t wait until we can go back out again.
“We’re desperate to go out for a naked swim- and would love to at least celebrate the first anniversary of our nude blessing with one.”
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