Couple bring Monty Python-inspired props to recreate movie scenes on their honeymoon

A couple who had a Monty Python-themed wedding brought props, including a bloody ‘killer bunny’, so they could recreate Holy Grail scenes on location in Scotland, UK, for their honeymoon .

John Wood, 62, and his wife Gemma, 38, fell in love after his uncle spotted a story in The Sun about a Monty Python-themed dating site John set up after his divorce.

Gemma got in touch and the couple hit it off.

They tied the knot on Oct. 5, 2019, with a Monty Python and Holy Grail-themed day, complete with accessories including a porcelain white rabbit they painted with blood.

John Wood and his wife Gemma, who had a Monty Python-themed wedding, brought props including a bloody ‘killer bunny’ so they could recreate Holy Grail scenes on location in Scotland for their moon of honey, which lasted from July 11 to July 14. , 2022. (John Wood, SWNS/Zenger)

Gemma, who works as a social media manager, made a hand grenade which was used by the ring bearers and which they also brought to Scotland for their honeymoon.

They visited Doune Castle, Stirling, UK, where much of the cult classic was filmed, and were delighted to find there were real swallows there.

They also visited Stalker Castle, Argyll and Bute – named Aaargh Castle in the film.

At the Tomnadashan colliery near Killin, Perthshire, which featured as Caerbannog Cave, they recreated the ‘Caerbannog Killer Rabbit’ scene.

They had also hoped to visit the Bridge of Eternal Peril, but were unable to as it was too remote and no guide was available.

Wood, from East Grinstead, located in England, UK, said: “The Holy Grail was filmed in Scotland, Doune Castle was where they filmed most of it.

“We were waiting for COVID to go away and had booked the hotels and had to cancel.

“Finally, we said ‘let’s go’.

Gemma, 38, recreating a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a bloodied ‘killer rabbit’ on her honeymoon in Scotland, which lasted from July 11 to July 14, 2022. She and husband John Wood also had a Monty Python-themed wedding. (John Wood, SWNS/Zenger)

“We went to the castle at the end of the movie where it ends and the police arrest them.”

Documentary filmmaker Wood became addicted to comedy shows when he was just nine years old in 1969.

He used to listen to vinyl records on repeat because there was no video back then.

The honeymoon lasted from July 11 to 14.

Wood, who discovered his love for Monty Python was unrequited by his ex-wife, has seen Spamalot 20 times.

He added: “It’s a fantastic mix.

“They use contemporary language with ancient language.

“It’s about taking life less seriously.

“We talk about it all the time.

“There are things in life that remind us of sketches.

“I’ve loved it since I was a kid, when I first watched it I was nine.

“A lot of people tell me they grew out of it as they got older, I can’t understand that.

“Gemma brought a homemade hand grenade with her from the wedding.

“The rings were in there and the witness took the lid off and took the rings out.

“We brought it with us, along with a white rabbit that had blood painted on it.

“We messed up at the cave, we had a fantastic time.”

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Andrea G. Henderson