Guests at a New Zealand wedding watched as Nick and Wendy Lowe became man and wife completely in the nude this week. Chances are, the nudity didn’t bother the congregation, either. Over half of them were wearing their birthdays suits themselves.
Stuff.co reports that naturists Nick and Wendy Lowe were the first couple to be married “au naturale” at the Wellington Naturist Club yesterday among a half-nude congregation. More than 120 people attended the ceremony, and only about half of them were wearing clothes themselves. The rest were completely nude, except for hats covering their faces from the sun.
Nick Lowe said that being a naturist (nudist) was the biggest part of his life, and while some invited guests neglected to RSVP, most of them arrived wearing (or not wearing) whatever they felt comfortable in.
After the ceremony, both naked and clothed pictures were taken. After that, everyone was required to dress for dinner, but the nudity resumed during the get-drunk-and-dance part of the evening, reports tehparadox.
Wendy apparently embraced nudity “like a duck to water” after she was introduced to it six years ago. “It was one of the first things he said to me: ‘I’m a naturist, how do you feel about it?’ I knew at some point I’d have to at least try it.”
She recalled that her “first time” was “a little nerve-racking [but] you quickly realize that people don’t really look. They’re more interested in the person than the body they wear. It becomes more odd wearing clothes.”
In New Zealand, Nick Lowe has actually been involved in one of two recent legal decisions regarding public nudity. He was fined $200 for cycling in the nude in 2010, but the decision was overturned in the High Court. “People needn’t be worried that naturists are going to start walking down the main streets of Wellington or Auckland just because they feel like it,” said Wendy.
Would you attend a naturist wedding? Oh, and here’s the happy NSFW couple: