A woman is marry next spring with her son Bert accompanying her down the aisle as her pageboy. Nothing so unusual about that - until you learn that Bert is actually a toddler-sized DOLL.
Louise Keel, 46, from Caerphilly, South Wales, can't have children of her own, and so has three dolls she treats as her babies - Bert, and two 'baby' girls, Leah-Rose and Cassidy-Anne.
But only Bert will be attending her forthcoming wedding to fiancé Brian - the girls, says Louise are 'too small' to be a part of the big day.
Curly-haired and life-life Bert cost Louise over £1,000, and is made from special silicone material which gives him a lifelike skin.
The curly-haired 'boy' will be guest of honour when Louise - who is registered as blind and uses a wheelchair - ties the knot with Brian next year.
Her 48-year-old husband-to-be is remarkably unfazed by Bert's presence at their nuptials, telling the Daily Mail: "Louise and I work well as a team. We met online and built a loving relationship. She already had her dolls when I met her so I'm used to them being around."
He admits that Bert did not take their relationship too well at first: "When I told Bert that Louise and I were together he wasn't happy at all - he can be quite jealous."
Louise - who regularly takes Bert out in his buggy to feed the ducks - says that her dolls give her the same 'rush of love' that any mum has for her kids.
"Just holding one of the dolls takes the edge of my pain," she says."I love stroking their hair and feeling their chubby cheeks."
They are seemingly just as hard work as real babies too, getting Louise up early every morning to warm bottles of formula to feed them. And like all small children, they have taken over her home, their baby bouncers, bottles and comfort blankets filling the rooms.
Louise is already planning Bert's outfit for the wedding, and says there is no way she'd walk down the aisle with out him.
"I'll make sure Bert looks a picture in a full made-to-measure pageboy outfit," she says. "There's no way I'm getting married without my little boy."