The Greek monastery of St. Paul expressed their fury by banning all future foreign weddings at their venue. In this photo, Barbara Schoeneberger leaves her church wedding with Maximilian von Schierstaedt at the church in Rambow, Germany, Oct. 3, 2009. Getty Images/ Stringer

After a British couple got married at the monastery of St Paul on Rhodes island, one of the holiest sites in Greece, they decided to pose for a photo in the idyllic venue in a way that insinuated they were having oral sex.

However, the island’s top bishop, Kyrillos of Rhodes, did not buy their definition of fun, and has decided to ban all foreign weddings at the monastery.

The photo, which Matthew, 27, and Carly Lunn, 34, went on to post on social media on Sept. 25, showed the bride in a white gown kneeling in front of her pantless husband. The man’s underwear was pulled down to his ankles and his behind was exposed in the snapshot.

After the photo went viral on Facebook, the Greek monastery banned all future foreign weddings on its premises to prevent "this disgusting behavior to prevail.”

Giogros Eleftheriou, president of the local Lindos community in Rhodes, said: “We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites. We cannot allow this disgusting behavior to prevail.”

With the monastery refusing to host any weddings, except for Greek pairs, hundreds of bride-to-bes, who had booked the venue for their dream weddings, were left without a place to get married in.

According to Eleftheriou, the monastery is one of the top picks for couples to get married in Greece, Daily Star reported.

“I have hundreds of soon-to-be brides from Britain and all over the world calling me in tears because of this decision. It’s a huge damper on our society here. We are one of the most famous wedding destinations in the world and we are booked solid through to 2021. Shame on those two for the damage they have done. Will they have done the same in their homeland; in front of a British chapel, a Jewish temple, a Muslim mosque? They would have been beheaded by Muslims!”

The Facebook post has since been taken down, even though most of the comments by friends and acquaintances of the couple were nothing but positive. Even the newlyweds stated that they never imagined that their photo would attract unwanted attention to such an extent. All they were looking was to have fun, and have something unique to remember the day by.

“It was something we said we’d do for a joke,” Carly said. “We expected a lot of laughs and jokes from people but didn’t expect it to be as popular as it was. People back in England were commenting on it, the whole thing went mad.”

The banning of foreign weddings not only put a damper on brides who had picked it as the ideal venue for their wedding, but will also cause local businesses to lose out, as they will be deprived of the revenue generated by visiting tourists.

According to a local resident, the residents are outraged and may consider suing the couple for their act. "Even though it was a simulated act they felt it defiled the church,” the resident told the Sun. “The situation was really that the local priest and church and the mayor had no choice but to say that there will be no further weddings - 99 per cent of the weddings are British.”

“People are outraged and talking about suing the couple involved,” he added. “They want the couple to publicly apologize to Rhodes and particularly the church." The couple has not made it clear if they are willing to issue an apology or not.