NEWLY-WEDS Mike Harrison and Sarah Bairstow have become a real life Robin Hood and Maid Marian after being the first couple to tie the knot in Sherwood Forest on Saturday.
The South Normanton sweethearts are the first ever couple to have a wedding and outdoor celebration of vows in the ancient forest, which will be forever linked to the romance of the legendary outlaw and his wife.
Mike (42) and 35-year-old Sarah, of Beech Grove, married inside the Oak Room - set within Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre - and then celebrated their vows outside with family and close friends.
Speaking after the wedding, Sarah, a nursery nurse, said that they would treasure the day forever.
“The ceremony was lovely, but the renewal of vows in the forest was the real highlight,” she said.
“The woodland setting was absolutely beautiful, especially the way it had been dressed and to be outdoors in the sunshine in stunning Sherwood Forest was amazing.
“To be part of the first outdoor ceremony in Sherwood Forest is a real honour and something we’ll treasure.
“Although I was brought up in Solihull, we used to visit Sherwood Forest as a child so I have some really fond memories of the park.
“I love the natural beauty of the forest and fancied something a bit different for our wedding.”
Mike, who visited the forest a lot while growing up, had his two children, from his first marriage, as his best men.
“Sarah looked absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have wished for a better day,” he said. “Everything has been perfect and the whole day has gone even better than we thought it would.
“Both ceremonies were personalised with our favourite rock songs being played in a classical style, including Bryan Adam’s Everything I Do from the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ film.”
Helen Scaman, registration service development manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Sherwood Forest boasts a magical mix of romance and history due to its connections to the Robin Hood and Maid Marian legend which makes it is a wonderful setting for wedding, civil partnership and renewal of vows ceremonies.
“Sarah and Mike are the first couple to get married inside in the Oak Room and straight away celebrate their vows outside in the magic of Sherwood Forest. This is a fantastic way for couples to mark their special day.”