Homing pigeons popular at weddings
A Northern Ireland farmer has found a novel use for homing pigeons - as the latest romantic accessory to the fairytale wedding.
David Black's "Angel Doves" are released following the nuptials and he said he had been inundated with interested couples. He keeps around 90 birds at his farm in Dromore, Co Down, and his business has been running for five years.
Mr Black, 52, said they were becoming more popular in Northern Ireland.
"People are very impressed, you get a lot of guests at the weddings booking on the day," he said.
The day before a wedding the birds are washed and manicured so they are spotless.
Hand-made cages display the birds either at the entrance or within the church. "For civil ceremonies our cages are a perfect decoration at the top table in the wedding room," Mr Black added.
"After the ceremony a pair of doves can be released from the happy couple's hands or, if you prefer, from our specially designed heart-shaped basket."
He said he came across the business idea by accident.
"I just came across it by accident, I wanted something I could do from home and something involving looking after birds," he said.
"I love meeting different people and helping people out during the wedding."