A double sex-swap wedding occurred for the first time on Friday in Britain when Helen and Felix Fenlon married each other after both underwent sex changes earlier in life.
The couple selected Sept. 13 for their wedding day because it was the day each had their sex-change operations performed years earlier, with Helen becoming a woman in 2003 and Felix becoming a man in 2010, the Hull Daily Mail reported
"Everything was perfect," the 56-year-old Helen, who had been born a boy named Leslie Morfitt, told the Hull Daily Mail. "My dress was the type I had dreamed about when I was little. I had butterflies during the service and I thought my knees would buckle under me."
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According to Helen, the location for the wedding ceremony, which took place at Scotland's Gretna Green, an area famous for runaway weddings, was chosen for its use in the film "Braveheart."
"We chose Gretna Green because we always loved the romanticism of the film Braveheart," Helen said. "And the idea of fighting for freedom appealed to us, because we had to fight for our personal freedoms."
In the ceremony, Helen wore a flowing red dress with a centered Celtic design, while her husband, Felix, who was born a woman and originally named Katy, wore a green kilt.
"I will love Helen forever," Felix told Britain's Mirror newspaper
. "When I saw her coming down the aisle, I just thought ‘Wow’. She looked incredible."
The couple met in 2008 through a transgender support group in which Helen was the lead organizer.
Before undergoing sex-changes, the pair had four broken marriages and 10 children from other spouses between them, the Mirror noted.
"Even though I knew I was breaking [my children's] hearts, I couldn’t live a lie anymore," Felix, who was the mother of two boys, told the Mirror following the wedding. "When I left my husband I even strapped down my 38F breasts to feel better about myself."
Felix reportedly described the first time he met Helen as "Love at first sight," the Mirror writes.
Helen, who had fathered eight children between three women, said that throughout her life she had difficulty conforming to the masculine male stereotype promoted by her father.
"I’d always wanted to be a girl, but my father was hard-line military and I was too frightened to tell anyone," Helen recalled. "As I got older I tried to suppress it, although I cross-dressed in secret. Eventually, the stress got too much. . . I had no choice but to seek help and have gender reassignment."
"Finding Felix and becoming his wife is the best thing that has ever happened to me," Helen added.
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