Fairy tale wedding
EVERY young girl dreams that one day a knight in shining armour will sweep them of their feet into a life of happily-every-after, but for most this dream ends with adulthood.
Not so for Maria Fowler, who this weekend saw her fantasy become a reality.
Looking every bit as beautiful as Lady Guinevere, on Saturday Maria left behind the 21st Century to marry her Sir Lancelot, armour-clad Marc Hobson.
Both medieval enthusiasts, the bride and groom didn't have to think too long or hard todecide how to make their special day one they would remember.
Helping make this possible was Coffs Harbour Racing Club events manager Simon Chladil.
Once the couple had decided on the Racing Club as the location, Mr Chladil and his staff were pushed to new heights in turning the racecourse into a bona fide medieval village.
Calling in the local Medieval Society for help in the transformation, it was soon obvious the biggest challenge would be the food.
"In sourcing recipes from the mid-14th century, the challenge was not only finding ingredients but also recreating dishes that their modern-day friends and family would appreciate," Mr Chladil said.
The result ? a menu featuring a mixture of authentic and semi-authentic foods offering wild boar and conies (rabbit) with mulled spice wine, ales and herb cordials.
Guests (also in authentic attire) were entertained by wandering minstrels, jugglers and sword fights.