US Visitors Jason Stoddard and Rebecca Biesel had police and fire service members take part in their festivities. *Photo supplied
US Visitors Jason Stoddard and Rebecca Biesel had police and fire service members take part in their festivities. *Photo supplied
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FRIDAY, MAY 11: There are a few traditional ways to get to and from your wedding.

But two couples recently chose a rather unique way of celebrating their big day on the island.

Yesterday US visitors Jason Stoddard and his bride Rebecca Biesel were joined by a couple of Bermudian police officers, firefighters and even a fire engine to mark the occasion at Elbow Beach.

The newlyweds reached out to the fire service before arriving in Bermuda and asked them to join in the festivities because Ms Biesel is a firefighter back home in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr Stoddard is a sergeant in the Sheriff’s Department in Charles County, Maryland.

Firefighter Edward Daniels and Sergeant Raymond Masters drove the engine down to Elbow Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Daniels said: “It was great for us to help make their wedding day even more special.

“We parked up close to the beach and the bride and groom and all their guests were able to take photographs by the engine and the police bikes.

“I understand the bride’s father was also a fire chief so it was great to do something for them. It’s a brotherhood thing.”

While for locals Estoria and Carlton Smith there was only one way to leave their wedding last month; by motorbike.

Mr Smith is one of the founding members of the Bermuda Long Riders group so the couple left the First Baptist Church in Devonshire on the back of his Suzuki motorcycle.

Mrs Smith said: “It was a wonderful occasion.

“I arrived at the wedding in a taxi surrounded by all of the girl club members on their bikes.

“Then at the end of the wedding I got on the back of Carlton’s bike when we left the church and headed to Astwood Park for photographs. It was like a fairy tale.”