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When Luke Stevens and Claire Day decided to get married on October 31, it was never going to be a traditional affair.

But the alternative couple, from Harehills, pulled off the Halloween trick of ensuring their wedding was an unconventional treat with the help of willing family and friends.

The bride dressed in a purple gown and the groom donned a black highwayman’s suit for their ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday morning.

And, while some of their 30 guests also faithfully observed the purple and black colour scheme, others came in fancy dress befitting the unorthodox occasion.

Claire, 35, who has had an interest in goth culture since she was a teenager, said: “I was never going to wear a white dress – it’s not my thing at all.

“It had to be something unique, something different, and it certainly was.”

The couple both work for courier firm DX Delivery, but until January had never met in person as Luke was based in East Grinstead in Sussex, while Claire worked in Leeds.

But they quickly fell for each other and Luke, 41, moved north in April. He proposed following a meal at Fazenda restaurant in Granary Wharf and they wasted no time in setting the date for Halloween.

Claire, 35, said: “I love Halloween and it gives everyone the opportunity to dress up.

“From the moment we told them, our family and friends loved the idea. They knew that I wouldn’t do anything traditional.”

Among the outfits on the day were Uncle Fester from the Addams Family and Darth Vader in a kilt.

After arriving in a lorry donated for the day by a friend, Claire walked down the aisle to the song Never Tear Us Apart by Paloma Faith.

Other music for the ceremony included tracks by goth metal band Type O Negative and 1970s Leeds rockers Sisters of Mercy.

“It was definitely unusual for a register office at that time in the morning,” Claire said.

Guests were given Halloween goodie bags and slices of a cake decorated with spider webs, before the newlyweds went to Whitby, which was hosting the annual goth weekend, to finish the day off with fish and chips at the famous Magpie’s restaurant.

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