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British couple's 'sex act' photo sparks Rhodes wedding ban

  • Matthew Lunn, 27, and Carly, 34, from Birmingham, got married in Rhodes  and wanted to pose for a 'unique' picture that reflected their cheeky sense of humour
  • She knelt in front of him to 'perform a sex act' as family member took photo 
  • Picture went viral but Rhodes' top bishop has now banned foreign weddings
  • Hundreds of British couples have now been forced to cancel their dream days
  • Have you been affected by the ban? Email anthony.joseph@mailonline.co.uk 

By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline

Published: 03:03 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 07:18 EDT, 13 October 2017

The family of a British couple who caused outrage by appearing to perform a sex act in front of a sacred Greek monastery for their wedding photos today told of their their shock.

Matthew Lunn posted the photo of his new wife Carly knelt in her white dress as he had his trousers and boxer shorts around his ankles while punching the air.

Matthew, 27, and 34-year-old Carly, from Birmingham, said they posed for the cheeky snap to show their unique sense of humour.

But his grandfather has failed to the see the funny side, telling MailOnline: 'I'm disgusted.' 

Near the harbour, the bride kneeled in front of her new husband and appeared to perform a sex act on him in her wedding dress, while he had his trousers and boxers down to his ankles - punching the air

Matthew Lunn, 27, and his wife Carly, 34, from Birmingham, got married in one of the holiest sites in Greece, on the island of Rhodes
Matthew Lunn, 27, and his wife Carly, 34, from Birmingham, got married in one of the holiest sites in Greece, on the island of Rhodes

Matthew Lunn, 27, and his wife Carly, 34, from Birmingham, got married in one of the holiest sites in Greece, on the island of Rhodes

But now the island's top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes, has decided to ban all foreign weddings at the monastery of St Paul (pictured) - forcing hundreds of British couples to cancel their dream days
But now the island's top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes, has decided to ban all foreign weddings at the monastery of St Paul (pictured) - forcing hundreds of British couples to cancel their dream days

But now the island's top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes, has decided to ban all foreign weddings at the monastery of St Paul (pictured) - forcing hundreds of British couples to cancel their dream days

Near the harbour, the bride kneeled in front of her new husband and appeared to perform a sex act on him in her wedding dress, while he had his trousers and boxers down to his ankles - punching the air.

The picture, which was taken by one of Matthew's family members, was posted on Facebook and immediately went viral.

But now the island's top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes, has decided to ban all foreign weddings at the monastery of St Paul - forcing hundreds of British couples to cancel their dream days. 

Giorgos Eleftheriou, president of the local Lindos community in Rhodes, told The Times: 'We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites. We cannot allow this disgusting behaviour 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!'

Following their wedding on September 25, Carly said they had always planned to do the photo
Following their wedding on September 25, Carly said they had always planned to do the photo
Carly and Matthew Lunn
Carly and Matthew Lunn

Following their wedding on September 25, Carly said they had always planned to do the photo

The island's top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes, has decided to ban all foreign weddings at the monastery of St Paul - forcing hundreds of British couples to cancel their dream days

Following their wedding on September 25, Carly said they had always planned to do the photo.

After it went it viral, she said: '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. 

'People back in England were commenting on it, the whole thing went mad.'

Have you been affected by the ban? Email anthony.joseph@mailonline.co.uk or call 0203 615 1875


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