A wedding service was delayed when an owl bearing rings fell asleep in the church roof.
Darcy the barn owl was meant to fly down the aisle at Holy Cross Church in Sherston, Wiltshire, and deliver rings to Sonia Cadman and Andrew Matley.
Instead the one-year-old owl flew into the church roof to roost. It took about an hour to get her down.
The Reverend Christopher Bryan said: "We tried all we could to get it down but it just wouldn't budge."
He said the owl seemed "very happy" in the roof and could not be tempted down with a treat.
"It must have been an hour before they got a ladder to rescue it," he said.
The specially-trained owl had been hired by Ms Cadman for the wedding, which took place at the weekend.