AN HEROIC couple saved their own big day and organised an out-of-this-world superhero styled wedding after the bride lost her job.
Newlyweds Becky and Steve Mear, of Goodman Street, Burton, had planned to tie the knot in a traditional white wedding until she was made redundant.
But the couple didn't let that dampen their spirits and organised a unique wedding based around their geeky obsession with superheroes – for just £5,500.
Becky, 23, and Steve, 25, incorporated their love for comics into their wedding reception at Littleover Methodist Church Hall when they got married earlier this year.
Guests even got into the spirit and dressed as their favourite heroes and villains.
Batman, Iron Man and Superman were the preferred costume choices for the big day.
The couple also embraced the theme with the bride wearing a cape made out of the same material as her wedding dress and the groom wearing an Iron Man-style "arc reactor" power plant under his shirt.
Becky said: "We had originally planned to have our wedding at a four star hotel but when I lost my job we had to change everything.
"But looking back now, it was the best thing that could have happened to us because we got to do everything we wanted – and we could be as nerdy as we wanted.
"And the hotel would have been thousands of pounds more expensive as well.
"We are both really nerdy and we wanted to show that side of our personalities in our wedding – we just didn't want it to be like every other wedding."
The lovers, who met four years ago after they were introduced by a mutual friend at a pub, saved money by making their own decorations and buying items at Primark and on eBay.
A family friend even created a bespokeBatman-inspired tiered cake for the pair – and, not surprisingly the most expensive item was Becky's white wedding dress which cost £1,200, and which she bought before she lost her job at a sandwich shop.
Volunteer youth worker Becky said: "We made all our decorations and just bought all the supplies off eBay and other sites.
"We wanted to keep the ceremony traditional as that is the more serious bit so we didn't want it to be a joke.
"But it just made the rest of the day feel so us."