Naked couples wed amid Island protests
Wearing little else than top hats and veils, 11 naked couples married in Jamaica in an event that attracted angry protests .
The event, at the Hedonism III resort, is publicised as "the world's largest nude wedding".
Billed as the largest nude wedding in the world, the couples woke up early on Valentine's Day to get various body parts painted and prepare for the media horde filming the nuptials at a club resort.
The nuptials sparked protests from clergy and the Jamaican government, but the weddings also highlight the growth of a burgeoning nude travel industry, estimated at £200 million a year worldwide.
The amount is triple what it was a decade ago, says the Trade Association of Nude Recreation of Los Gatos, California.
"This is the way to do it," said Jane Jones, a 43-year-old Californian, who owns a television production company. "People get married skydiving, in hot air balloons, scuba diving. It's just nice to do something different."
"I prefer doing nude weddings," said the Rev Frank Cervasio, of the non-denominational Universal Life Church with branches in California and Florida. "It's all about nature."
Cervasio, wearing a blue tropical shirt, shorts and trainers, performed the 25 minute ceremony that drew about 200 guests. He said the joint vows were standard but "more spiritual" than most.
The pastor said he has performed more than two dozen nude weddings since 1995, starting after his congregation got involved in fighting to keep a nude beach open on the Cape Canaveral seashore in Florida.
Some nudists say it's a myth that public nudity amounts to public sex, but several couples were seen copulating in public at the resort.
"We love this kind of stuff," said a groom, who offered only a first name of Jim and that he was from Texas. "It gives us a little magic in the marriage."
A coalition of Caribbean-American clergy wrote to Prime Minister PJ Patterson expressing shock and urging him to try to stop the weddings
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