Harrogate registrar marries her own son

tis  Pictured from left outside the Register Office are Victoria Sly, Neill Sly and Anita Joyce.  (130606M8)
tis Pictured from left outside the Register Office are Victoria Sly, Neill Sly and Anita Joyce. (130606M8)

A Harrogate registrar took on more than just the role of mother of the groom when her son got married, conducting the couple’s wedding ceremony herself.

Anita Joyce from Knaresborough conducted the intimate ceremony between her son, Neil Sly and his wife Victoria Sly (nee Guymor) at Harrogate registry office last week.

She said: “There was one point when I was doing a reading when I felt my voice waver a little.

“But it was a wonderful day, Victoria looked beautiful and it truly was a great honour. I am very proud.”

Mrs Joyce took the opportunity to add her own personal touches, not just in the wedding ceremony, but throughout the day.

She said: “I had my script ready, obviously there is all the legal things I have to include, and I have stuck mainly to what I say normally to avoid getting stuck.

“I have been able to add little family things in too though which is lovely. It’s such a family orientated wedding.

“I was a seamstress and have altered Victoria’s dress and made her a jacket. I have also been baking for the afternoon tea, the freezer was full of cakes.

“It’s quite a hands on wedding which I think is the trend now, rather than spending silly money. It makes it more special too.”

Mrs Joyce started working as a registrar five years ago after selling her business.

“I tried retirement but I got bored,” she said, “some times I do up to four or five weddings in a week.”

Mrs Joyce said she was honoured when Neil asked her to conduct the wedding.

She said: “I had thought about it before he asked me but thought maybe I’d quite like to be on the other side of the wedding this time, but when he asked I couldn’t refuse, I’m happy to do it.

“I think it was also Victoria’s idea to ask me to do it, we are very close.”

The couple are planning to go on honeymoon in September.

Mrs Joyce added: “They are just enjoying some quiet time now with their 10 month old son Charlie before going back to work.”