South Shields bride’s special wedding guest is her horse!

Bride-to-be Alice Jennings with her horse Rodney, who will be attending her wedding at Doxford Barns next year.
Bride-to-be Alice Jennings with her horse Rodney, who will be attending her wedding at Doxford Barns next year.

A BRIDE-TO-BE will have a special guest at her wedding - her horse!

Alice Jennings, 29, from South Shields is due tio tie the knot with fiance Phil Pointer, 28, at Doxford Barn, near Alnwick in Northumberland, next year.

Alice Jennings and her husband-to-be Phil, who will have a special guest at their wedding at Doxford Barn - Alice's horse Rodney.

Alice Jennings and her husband-to-be Phil, who will have a special guest at their wedding at Doxford Barn - Alice's horse Rodney.

But the ‘mane’ attraction won’t be the bride, but Rodney, Alice’s 23-year-old horse.

The venue, which has only recently started doing weddings, is going that extra furlong to ensure the ‘bridle’ suite will be ready and waiting.

“I have always said that Rodney would have to be there on my wedding day because he is such a huge part of my life,” said Alice.

“He is all I talk about to friends and family.”

I haven’t decided whether Rodney will be wearing anything special. I have a few ideas, but I think his outfit will be more of a secret than mine.

Alice Jennings

When Alice agreed to marry Phil, there was one important condition - that Rodney come be at their wedding, so their search began for a venue which could accommodate a horse as a guest.

“When I saw Doxford Barn, I knew instantly that my dream could come true,” she said.

“I fell in love with the concept – it’s completely different to anywhere else in the North East and it can cater perfectly for Rodney.

“I also like that you have exclusive use of the venue for three days, which means I can relax and spend some time with family I rarely see.”

Rodney will be packing his horsebox with his bib and tucker and his four shiniest shoes, before hoofing it up the A1 to make sure he doesn’t miss out on the photo finish.

Alice is hoping he will join her by trotting up the aisle to meet Phil, a quantity surveyor, also from South Shields.

She said: “I haven’t decided whether Rodney will be wearing anything special. I have a few ideas, but I think his outfit will be more of a secret than mine.

“I would like to see him wearing a top hat for the occasion, but that is something we will have to work on over the next few months.

“As long as Rodney is there with me on the day, that is all that matters.”

The venue, which is family-run, is set to open its doors in July this year.