An Australian woman has relived her ‘fairy tale’ wedding to her ‘handsome, strong and sturdy husband’ – who happens to be a bridge in France.
Jodi Rose, originally from Sydney, married Le Pont du Diable – which translates to ‘The Devil’s Bridge’ – on the Tech River in Ceret, southern France in 2013.
She fell in love with the 14th century stone structure while travelling the country, and they became husband and wife during a ceremony attended by 14 guests and blessed by the mayor of neighbouring town Saint-Jean-de-Fos.
Ms Rose said marrying the bridge ‘felt beautiful’. ‘I was really quite nervous… I felt like a bride. I got to have my princess wedding day,’ she told Sunday Night.
She still proudly wears her wedding ring, and a custom, larger version made for the bridge sits wedged on the structure.
‘I put a ring on it, baby… I mean you’ve seen him, he’s very handsome, he’s strong and sturdy and I thought, yes, this is someone I can really connect with, and who I feel can give me some grounding, Ms Rose said.
Writing on her blog at the time of her wedding, Ms Rose said she had travelled the world while recording a music project involving bridges when she decided Le Pont du Diable was ‘The One’.
‘He makes me feel connected to the earth and draws me to rest from my endless nomadic wanderings. He is fixed, stable, rooted to the ground, while I am nomadic, transient, ever on the road,’ she wrote.
‘He gives me a safe haven, brings me back to ground myself, and then lets me go again to follow my own path, without trying to keep me tied down or in thrall to his needs or desires. I am devoted to him.
‘He understands that I love other bridges – and men – ours is a love that embraces the vagaries of life, as materialised in the swirling currents of the river that flows beneath his magnificent body.
‘The Devil’s Bridge is everything I could desire in a husband – sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind and handsome.’
Their marriage is not legally recognised in France but Ms Rose claimed their union was strong.