The congregation had gathered for the marriage ceremony and the bride and groom stood at the altar in readiness.
The idea was that when the time came for the wedding rings to be handed over to the vicar, they would be delivered by an owl.
The owl in question had tassels attached to its legs with the rings tied to them. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, unfortunately for the wedding couple, the owl didn't realise his importance in the ceremony and wasn't wearing a wristwatch.
He was also a little tired, so as soon as he was released, instead of flying to the vicar he headed for the rafters for an hour's nap.
The vicar tried to coax him down but no divine intervention was forthcoming.
All was well though as there was a backup set of rings available which allowed the marriage to continue.
What a hoot!
Thanks to Paul martin Eldridge for the photo