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Newlyweds share their big day with Black Power gang in brilliant "totally random" wedding shot





Newlyweds share their big day with Black Power gang in brilliant "totally random" wedding shot

A newlywed couple have a wedding snap to remember thanks to some uninvited guests turning up on their big day - a Black Power gang.

The shot has been credited with celebrating racial diversity, as the gathered group offer a 'fists aloft' salute behind the well-turned out bridal couple.

In fact, Sarah Oke in her pristine white lacy gown and groom Matthew in his wedding casual suit and tie look a little out of place in the forest shot.

But it's possible they were just a little baffled at the turn of events which took place on Saturday in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Photographer Rebecca Inns shared the shot online and was stunned when it went viral, with more than 5,700 shares so far.

She explains that they were at local beauty spot Lucy's Gully photographing with the bridal party.

"The rain had cleared and we were enjoying a sunny wedding shoot," she said.

"As we headed back to the cars we came across a very full car park and the guys were there as part of a hikoi around the mountain to pay respects to those passed away.

"It was going to take a while to get our cars out and Jordan asked if it would be OK to include them in a wedding photo."

Hikoi is a term in the Maori language meaning a march or parade.

The gathering was "really accommodating" and had a discussion among themselves and decided that it would be fine.

An image taken by snapper Pat Wipani went viral first, and now Rebecca has shared hers.

It is, as she says: "Totally random, totally unplanned and totally unique!"

Formed in Wellington during the 1970s, Black Power is a prominent gang made up of Maori and Polynesian members.

Some members have been linked to drug running and other organised crime.

Rebecca added that the gang were "very respectful".

"They all offered their congratulations to the couple and were so kind. They also told the bride how beautiful she looked."


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