"A ‘drunk’ Adelaide groom has been arrested on his wedding day after an argument broke out between himself and the minister performing the ceremony.
Reverend Ian Hunter refused to perform the wedding ceremony when the groom, Jacob Brookes, turned up so allegedly intoxicated, the priest decided it would be too “unethical” to perform the service.
The priest, who legally, cannot allow any binding ceremony to continue if one or both of the parties is unable to give clear and irrefutable consent, has said it was the “hardest decision” of his ministry, but that he believed it was the correct decision.
The 40-year-old groom, on the other hand, denies he was drunk and says the Uniting Church reverend over reacted.
Witnesses say the discussion, which occurred before the bride arrived, became so heated that police had to be called and the local poet and musician was charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest.
“I’ve been dreaming for days and days and days about her beautiful wedding dress and [to] see her walking down the aisle,” the Brookes told Channel 10 news.
“All I needed was my woman to feel like she was the Queen of the day.”
Unfortunately for the groom, 10 news reports that the wedding won’t be going ahead in the future as there is “no chance” of reconciliation between Brookes and his “humiliated” bride."