Susan looks every inch the blushing bride when walking the aisle waiting for Lisa, the bride. But it isn't exactly a lesbian wedding, as Susan is a transvestite father-of-three whose real name is Ian Platt. The 51-year-old Susan/Ian performed the incredible feat of being both the bride and groom at the wedding.

Prior to the bride-and-bride solemn vow ritual, Susan/Ian appeared in a conservative dark-grey morning suit for the registry office ceremony. But after tying the knot with fiancee Lisa, 42, in a traditional wedding he left to perform a quick costume change.

And by the time guests arrived at a hotel for the wedding reception Ian had transformed himself into Susan.

The 100 guests roared with approval as the two brides cut their two wedding cakes - one saying 'Ian and Lisa' and the other saying 'Susan and Lisa.'

Lisa, a mother-of-three, from Leeds, West Yorks, said, "Some people might not understand our relationship but it works perfectly for us."

'I truly believe that people should be themselves and enjoy life, and that is what Ian, Susan and I do each and every day. There are three people in this marriage - Ian, Lisa and Susan - but I wouldn't have it any other way.'

Mr Platt, a customer care adviser for a tele-communications firm, said: 'Everyone is very supportive. They think it's just a different world.

'I have been like this for 40 years and I always felt like that. But there have been a lot of changes over the years and people are a lot more accepting now.

'My three eldest sons all know about Susan. Some people lie about it and go all their lives without telling their friends or family.

'I'm very lucky I have Lisa. She is very supportive of Susan and we really trust each other. If you don't trust each other, it's never a good basis for a relationship.'


Mr. and Mrs. Platt on their wedding day

The pair met in October 2007 through a dating agency and soon afterwards Mr Platt told her he liked dressing in women's clothes.

Mrs Platt said: 'I met him as Ian first, he was really nice - he would always say he was quiet as Ian. Then he said I should meet Susan. I just thought it was brilliant. She was so confident and had the best legs I'd ever seen on a girl, let alone a man.

'Ian said that when he was a boy he loved dressing up in women's clothes and had gradually developed his alter ego - Susan.

'She was confident and flamboyant and loved dolling herself up for a night on the transvestite scene in Leeds and going out with her transvestite girlfriends.'

The couple tied the knot at Leeds town hall before enjoying a slap up reception dinner at the nearby Viaduct Hotel.

Mrs Platt said: 'The whole ceremony was just really funny and lovely. It was just a perfect day. Most of the people there had met Ian and Susan before.

'My mum likes Ian, although she doesn't like to see him dressed as Susan. On the day of the cermony my dad walked me down the aisle and Ian was there in his morning suit.

'Afterwards my mum and dad left so we went home first for an hour, so Ian could get changed into his wedding dress for the reception. Some of his friends had come back to help him get ready and he put on an ivory gown similar to mine with his blonde wig.

'We are going to reaffirm our vows as Susan and Lisa sometime, it is a good excuse for a party. My dress cost £45 in a sale from a shop in Cornwall. Susan got hers off ebay - in a size 12-14.'