Cross-dressing man walks down the aisle wearing a similar wedding dress as his bride
Ian, who married Emma in Las Vegas on September 21, said that he had an idea of his unusual interest when he was a child but didn't start cross-dressing until 2011
An unusual couple recently tied the knot with the groom wearing the exact same wedding dress as his bride. Fifty three-year-old cross-dresser Ian Newman from East Dulwich in south London, stayed true to himself on the happiest day of his life and got married in a wedding gown.
His bride, Emma Sparre-Newman, walked down the aisle and met her man at the altar wearing an identical dress. Ian opted for the same 50s-style strapless gown as 51-year-old Emma and the couple even went to buy their dresses together.
Emma told The Daily Mail: "Over the last two years, Ian has dressed almost exclusively in women's clothing. It would actually be odd to see him in jeans and a t-shirt as it's just not him. So when we discussed marriage, I expected that we would both wear a dress. But we have very different ideas about style so I didn't imagine we'd ever wear the same outfit. I'm not precious about it, it's a dress and actually, it's our wedding, it's not mine."
The couple met for the first time two years ago at a festival and Ian spoke about his love for cross-dressing to Emma on their second date. He was afraid Emma would freak out about his other side but she was comfortable with it and that's when he knew that she was the one. The pair hadn't planned to get married but the question arose when they went on holiday to Las Vegas in January.
Ian and Emma decided to get married while they were chatting on the phone and their friends and family flew out for the ceremony. Among the wedding crowd was Ian's 27-year-old daughter, Kate, who helped apply her father's makeup for him before the ceremony. He was desperate to wear a new gown so the couple went shopping together after checking if the store manager was ok with a man trying out dresses.
Emma said: "We wanted to keep it very relaxed so I had planned to wear a dress I owned. But my friend was trying to persuade me to go shopping, and when I said no, Ian admitted that he did want a proper wedding dress. Everyone found it hilarious that he was more keen to go dress shopping than I was."
Ian, who is a musician, normally wears a black kilt and a t-shirt when he goes out. The man, however, almost always wears dresses - with bust padding included - and high heels while at home. Emma added: "I had been very anti-wedding as I didn't want to stress about what was a very happy experience but trying on dresses was so much fun. It was actually the manager who suggested that Ian should try on the dress that I had already chosen. It didn't bother me at all and as soon as he tried it on, I knew it was the dress for him, he looked amazing."
Emma, who works as a communications manager, said: "Actually now I'm really glad we did wear the same dress as I think it worked well. Otherwise, you might end up comparing who wore the nicest one!"
Ian, who married Emma at the Neon Graveyard in Las Vegas on September 21, said that he had an idea of his unusual interest when he was a child but didn't start cross-dressing until 2011. He said: "My wedding day was fantastic. I felt utterly wonderful. I imagine as wonderful as any bride does when they get dressed up. You just feel a million dollars."