Matthew and Carly Lunn British newlyweds cause outcry after posting photos of them having sex in front of Greek Rhodes Monastery. Couple insist they have no regrets.
A marrying British couple who caused disconcert after sharing a photo of them engaging in a sex outside of a Greek Monastery church in Rhodes now face a potential lawsuit. The photo was taken on the same day the couple were married at the monastery seen in the background.
Notice of the picture led to Greek authorities banning further foreign marriages on the island reported local media.
At the time Matthew Lunn, 27, a tow truck driver from Birmingham and his newly wedded wife, 34 year old shop worker, Carly Lunn staged the sex act after marrying at the monastery, Saint Paul’s chapel, in Rhodes’ capital, Lindos.
In the picture, taken by the harbor, with the monastery the couple had been married earlier that day pictured in the background, Lunn is seen standing punching the air while Carly, dressed in her wedding dress and crouched on her knees, simulates performing a sex act on the man.
The picture, which was taken by one of Matthew’s family members, went viral after being posted on Facebook.
Responding to the outcry the image caused, the newly married couple said they posed for what they described as a ‘cheeky’ photo op in a bid to ‘show off their unique’ sense of humor in their wedding album.
Rhodes, Greek officials: What makes Matthew and Carly Lunn think they can debase us like this?
Not seeing the humor was the Rhodes’ top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes who has now banned all foreign weddings on the island.
A ban that has led to many British couples expressing fury at the Lunns after being forced to cancel their upcoming weddings, despite much time organizing, money and non refundable expenditures at the idyllic Aegean Sea island.
Standing in unison with the Bishop’s decision to ban is Giorgos Eleftheriou, president of the local Lindos community in Rhodes.
Told the official via the London Times: ‘We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites. We cannot allow this disgusting behavior to prevail.’
‘I have hundreds of soon-to-be brides from Britain and all over the world calling me today in tears because of this decision.
‘Shame on those two for the damage they have done. Would they have done the same in their homeland; in front of a British chapel, a Jewish temple, a Muslim mosque? They would have been beheaded by Muslims!’
Which is to wonder, what is it about vacationing British travelers who believe they can behave with abandon and without deference to local customs or belief, as one would presumably expect them to expect visitors in their home country to comply with.
Matthew and Carly Lunn: No regrets thanks, can’t you take a joke?
Following their wedding on September 25, Carly Lunn said her and Matthew had always planned to do the photo.
Explained the newly wedded bride via the mirror: ‘It was something we said we’d do for a joke.
‘We expected a lot of laughs and jokes from people but didn’t expect it to be as popular as it was.
Asked if she now had any regrets over the image, Carly responded, ‘Not at all, it’s a bit of fun.’
While adding, ‘People back in England were commenting on it, the whole thing went mad.’
Matthew and Carly Lunn fall-out: Other British marrying parties are now exploring legal action.
Not finding the episode particularly funny is Suzanne Sparkles, 33, from Chorley in Lancashire, who’d planned to get married to fiance Steve Arnold, 38, at St Paul’s chapel in Rhodes next May. The couple can now expect to lose out around £40,000 on already spent expenditures.
Told Sparkles via the dailymail who first booked her upcoming wedding no less than two years ago, ‘I’m absolutely devastated that these idiots have spoilt my dream wedding. We have 52 guests coming from the UK for it and have booked to stay for a week.’
‘We have spent around £40,000 on this wedding. It was booked two years ago, when we got engaged two-and-a-half years ago.
‘We were originally thinking of getting married in Cyprus but then when I saw the chapel I knew I wanted it there. I’ve been to Rhodes a few times so I know how nice it is there.’
The couple are now anxiously awaiting to find out if the ban will be reversed as the Rhode’s mayor is now set to make a final decision in the next couple of weeks.
Contemplated one engaged couple who fear their upcoming wedding may on the idyllic island may be wishful thinking, ‘It doesn’t matter to them they have had their wedding, but for many couples like us our dream wedding that we have been saving years and planning years has been ruined.’
Adding, ‘We will be going to see a solicitor to see if any action can be taken against them. They are scum.’