Vikings are not only a thing of the past. There are many modern-day Vikings today across the world, many of whom still uphold the traditions of yesteryear. One such Scottish man decided to honour his heritage by tying the knot in full Norse regalia
Dwayne Davies from the Shetland village of Brae is a modern-day Viking. He can reportedly trace his DNA all the way back to the 9th Century and the Norwegian king, Harald Fairhair. Davies is particularly proud of this heritage and decided to honour it in his wedding to his bride, Ashley.
“I can trace my heritage back on my mother, Diane Johnston’s, side. My dad, Peter, is Welsh and came to work in Shetland, met mum and they married. But living on the islands has always made me hanker after my Viking ancestors,” Davies told Daily Record. “I have been fascinated by the Vikings on Shetland ever since I can remember. Their blood runs through my veins, so much so, that our wedding had to be a Norse one.”
For his big day, he made his own leather armoury and cut and stitched the breastplate by hand. He also carved Norse engravings into the breastplate. His hair was styled in ancient Norse plaits.
Their wedding day also followed Norse tradition, including a fiery torch parade and cake-cutting with a sword. Every table was named after Viking invasions of England.
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