With this tattoo, I thee wed . . .
A SWANSEA couple has shown there's more than one way to say 'I do' after getting a permanent reminder of their big day.
Bride Andrea Leahy-James and her husband Paul James celebrated their special day by having 'I do' and the date they tied the knot tattooed on their wedding ring fingers.
The Waunarlwydd-based couple said they wanted to do something different to mark the occasion on Saturday and popped into Everlasting Inc, Brynymor Road, Swansea.
Andrea, aged 28, a senior support assistant, said: "A tattoo is a bit more permanent.
"It is something we are always going to have.
"We have got 'I do' and the date of the wedding as well so we never forget the date.
"It's very surreal and painful.
"I wanted to do something quirky and different for our wedding photos."
She added: "Instead of going to Clyne Gardens we went to a tattoo parlour.
"Everything has gone perfectly and smooth."
There were a total of 96 guests in the day at the wedding which was held at St Paul's Church in Sketty followed by a reception in Norton House in Mumbles.
A further 80 guests were invited to join the couple to enjoy the evening celebration.
Andrea said she wanted to add to the tattoos she already had in place.
"I've only got a couple of little tattoos on my left wrist, my right ear and on my stomach, back and on my foot," she said.
"Paul has got one behind his right ear — it's an 'A' for Andrea and I have an 'A' for Andrea in the same place.
"I had it done before I met him.
"Paul also has a tattoo sleeve on his left arm and a tattoo on his neck."
The couple were looking to find their dream honeymoon yesterday and were hoping to jet off to their destination last night.
Andrea added: "It's a surprise honeymoon."
Paul said he was glad he had the tattoo done to remember their special day.
"I think it's a nice touch to the day," he added.
"It did hurt a little bit.
"I love having tattoos anyway and she has had a few.
"It's a nice touch and personal as well — rather than going to a park for pictures we are getting them done here.
"We did also have a few pictures taken with the family outside the church.
"It's been a very emotional day."
Stuart Waters, owner of Everlasting Inc, added: "It's the first time we have had this kind of thing.
"We have had couples have this done before their wedding or at a later date.
"Having a tattoo done on the day in their full get up and go is different."