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Photo Credit – Wayne Lomax/Kennedy News

Woo hoo! We’re back for another week of Bizarre Wedding News! This time we’ve got some fun with dates, a few typos, a celebrity anniversary and wedding, so are you ready? August has been a fun and exciting month, what with toasty weather, bright skies (for the most part) and the unfortunate scent and sight of the dastardly forest fire smoke, though the last part really isn’t fun and exciting at all.

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We love Ellen, and we also love Arrested Development, which makes the marriage between Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi so flipping wonderful. This year marks their tenth wedding anniversary. To commemorate the event, the Ellen DeGeneres Show shared a short video that contained footage of their wedding and celebration, and boy is it a tear jerker. So, be sure to have a few tissues (or a box) at the ready, when you watch it!

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/08/15/husband-accidentally-tattoos-wrong-wedding-date-on-ring-finger.html

For some couples, wedding rings just aren’t nearly enough to immortalize the bond between spouses. You can name a star after your bride, or lock a padlock on a bridge in Paris.

Or you can get a tattoo.

But for the love of all that is good, please be sure to at least get the date right. As one newlywed man came to find out, most women are not ok if you get your wedding date tattooed incorrectly on your finger. It also probably doesn’t help that it took him about six weeks to realize the typo. Fortunately the bride wasn’t entirely too upset and actually saw a lot of humor in it, as her husband is a plasterer and would potentially lose any ring during work.

The good news is, he most likely has it fixed by now!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/18/8-18-18-reported-2018-most-popular-wedding-date/1030622002/

Did you feel anything different about August 18? A sort of calming in the air? A great surge of loving energy? Anything at all?

Well if you didn’t you’re perfectly ok, it’s just that it was a rather big deal in the wedding world. According to The Knot, there were at least 28,000 weddings planned for that day. Why? Because people are lazy and don’t want to remember dates, that’s why! What’s easier than saying 8/18/18? Well, sure, plenty of other dates, but I can already tell you that next year is going to be crazy in September with 9/19/19. Because after that, there’s no cool dates until 2/22/2022

Don’t believe us? We had two weddings on that day and we had been getting phone calls for reservations since as far back as 2016! Congrats Ally and Paul, and Mike and Mallory!

People are so weird when it comes to numbers, huh?

https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/2-Chainz-Mother-Son-Dance-His-Wedding-August-2018-45177295

In one final celebrity-related wedding, rapper 2 Chainz got married this month to Kesha Ward. The wedding itself isn’t really what we’re here to talk about, but rather the groom’s traditional dance with his mom, which is absolutely, 100% adorable. Sharing their dance to Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go,” they both pull out their best moves to show everyone who’s boss. Don’t believe me? Watch the video and try not to dance along!

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And there you have it for another great week of stories! As you already probably know, we are always looking for new stories and fun ideas to write about, so please let us know below if you have anything!

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by Scott Johnson

Well, well, well! Here we are once again for another rousing edition of Bizarre Wedding News, your routine update on the happenings in the big world of weddings. This week we have some rather exciting stories of heroism, bravery and a hopefully a little humor. Who knows what next week will bring?

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We’ll get the more intense stuff out of the way first here. This one comes out of New Jersey, where just a week ago torrential downpours started a series of flash floods around northern New Jersey. Now we see a lot of rain here in Seattle (though as of recently that’s not the case), but this was enough to start washing cars off the road.

In one case, a newlywed couple’s car got completely taken over by water as the two scrambled onto the roof. Luckily, they were rescued a short time after by some daring police officers who rolled up in their Humvee. Social media rang in and congratulated the police, the newlyweds, and some made comments about how much of a blessing it is to have rain on your wedding day. One might think this is too much rain, and it probably is, so they should hopefully be blessed for a couple lifetimes.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/08/groom-rescues-struggling-swimmer-moments-after-beach-wedding.html

There probably is something really prophetic to be said about this wedding. Everything just lined up perfectly. It was a beautiful day down in Alabama at Orange Beach. Zac and Cindy were just wrapping up tying the knot, sharing their first kiss, when suddenly cries for help started to ring out. Luckily, Zac is a former lifeguard, as well as a Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class, so what did he do? He ripped his shirt off and dove in to save the drowning man’s life. Though he suffered a bloody nose during the rescue mission, Zac made sure to keep his lovely new wife’s dress away from it.

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This one comes to us from across the ocean. And it might be a little bit funny to some. A week ago in Gloucester, police foiled the attempted theft of a cell phone and purse. Early in the day, a woman’s phone and purse went missing. Security footage shows a man walking over, picking up the the items, and then retreating towards the hotel. When he was later identified as Peter Marfione, the police confronted him at his hotel room. He then lifted the mattress and revealed the stolen items, though his one continuous response to the police was “I’m sorry, thought it would be funny.”

And there you have it for this week of Bizarre Wedding News! We hope these stories helped boost your hump-day and will get you through the rest of the week.

If you find anything weird, that is also wedding related, please send it our way and we’ll be happy to feature it!

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to yet another wonderful week of Bizarre Wedding News. Luckily there aren’t any tragedies this week unlike others, but we have three great stories coming your way that are surely going to get you laughing and smiling. Let’s get started shall we?

https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markle-Friend-Wedding-2018-45129227

I know, I know, you’re just as tired about hearing of Meghan and Prince Harry as pretty much everyone else (at least in America), yet the two just keep on making wedding news (hey, if you have suggestions we’ll gladly take them) so we have to keep writing about them. Now it’s been a few months since the two tied the knot, which probably seems like some distant memory at this point, but just two weeks ago the two attended another wedding; this time for Harry’s friend who happens to be the godfather to Princess Charlotte.

You’re probably thinking, “well that’s cool, I guess,” but alas when you have some royalty attending your wedding, and you yourself are not royalty, people tend to pay more attention to them. With Meghan looking as stunning as ever, she quite stole the show for most of the day (as it also happened to be her birthday.) Check out the photos of the two at the event!

https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/dog-photobombs-couples-wedding-429391

We all love dogs here at Best Made Videos®, especially Rosie who is not only the company mascot but also played a very important role in the founder’s wedding as well. Which is exactly why we adore the next two stories.

The first happened just a couple weeks ago at a wedding between Angie and Jayce Conway, who were just in the middle of delivering their vows when they got invaded by the “Best Boy,” Boone the dog. It all happened so fast: as the two were speaking, the six-year-old Lab bounded up to the altar and started rolling around on the ground in front of the bride and groom.

The photos are absolutely hysterical, the dog has his tongue all waggling around as if he’s looking for a nice scratch. I sure hope he got some good loving later, he must’ve really been upset that the attention wasn’t all on him!

https://www.insideedition.com/dog-wearing-wedding-dress-steals-show-during-her-owners-big-day-45724

 

The final story reminds us of a first look near and dear to our heart. Like our founder’s own first look, in which Rosie herself took center stage, Gia the puppy stole the spotlight from Danielle Brien and Christopher Lucca on their wedding day.

In a little prank coordinated by her husband-to-be and the photographer, Lori Ann Navarro, the adorable dog came bounding up to them when the two were leaving the church they had just wed in. Adorned in a gown and veil, it was an utterly hilarious moment that, based on the video, you can’t deny would’ve made you burst out laughing.

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And there you have it for another edition of Bizarre Wedding News! We hope this week was a little more upbeat than the previous ones, but if you have found a story or even just a photo from a strange wedding, we’d love to see it! So drop it in the comments below!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – King 5 News / Narin Vann

Welcome back everyone: the weather has slightly cooled down (with forecasts of it heating up again,) Seafair is in full swing and anybody trying to get to downtown Bellevue is a fool because of the Art Fair. But we’ve got more Bizarre Wedding News Coming your way to keep you up to date and entertained with all the weird and wild happenings in the wide world of weddings.

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You may remember our coverage of the latest Royal Wedding. If not, that’s because you probably tuned out all the noise just like most of Americans because, well, it doesn’t really matter much to us. But the aftermath of the wedding has been utterly adorable; and whether or not you watched the wedding itself, there’s no denying just how cute the couple is.

So much so, that a moment at the Sentebale polo match sparked quite a bit of laughter and memes. As Meghan and Harry attended the charity competition that helps benefit children affected by AIDs, in which the Duke of Cambridge himself participated and won, the Duchess presented the trophy to her husband’s winning team. Right after she handed the trophy to Nacho Figueras, the captain of the team, she stole a quick kiss from her hubbie. What happened next was a sincerely hilarious look fell over Figueras face as he looked like he was desperately reaching for Harry to take the trophy, thus interrupting the kiss.

He looked so downtrodden in his efforts for his good friend Harry to give him attention, that he later posted on Instagram a photo of the moment with the caption, “When you wished the trophy would turn into a violin. What an incredible love story.” At least he had a sense of humor!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alleged-mississippi-wedding-gifts-thief-tripped-up-by-facebook/

Our next story is a little more of the sad side of things, though there is a silver lining!

Down in Diamondhead, Mississippi, newlyweds Chance and Katherine Stockstill decided that it would be safest to keep all of their wedding gifts in a storage unit until they were ready to move into their new home and life.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t actually the safest as Chance made a horrible discovery a couple weeks after their wedding: someone had cut their lock and stolen all of their presents. Luckily, security footage caught the robbery entirely on camera. With an estimated $2,000 in presents stolen, the hunt was on to find the culprit.

Without really expecting much, they posted the surveillance footage to social media. Before the day was over, they had received a tip from a stranger who thought they might know who had done the deed. They didn’t have a name, but they had an address.

With good graces on their side, an investigator tracked down the suspected thief, named William Smith, and found he was responsible for the crime. The downside is, they’ve only been able to find three of their wedding gifts. The bright side: justice was swift.

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Our final story for the week hits a little closer to home–and this one we even have a personal connection to! A wedding down in Tenino, which is just south of Olympia, saw some of the funniest moments we’ve seen in a wedding all year!

Comedian, insurance agent and wedding officiant all wrapped up in one, Narin Vann (who we actually got to spend time with at the Wurtz’ wedding) was officiating a ceremony for Annette and Larry Reinier when he literally made them say out loud the lyrics to the iconic and masterclass “I Want It That Way.”

That wasn’t the only funny thing to happen: when they were taking the official photos for the day, he was off making friends with a goat. Stroll on over to his website to see where he proclaims himself “#GreatestMinisterOfAllTime,” as well as some gut-busting photos of him doing silly stuff on wedding days.

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There you have it for another week of Bizarre Wedding News! We love bringing you all these strange and great stories, so if you ever find some please send them our way! We’d love any help we can get!

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by Scott Johnson

What wouldn’t be a week during wedding season without a couple of crazy stories from all over the country? With weddings happening each and every day, there’s no way of avoiding at least some strangeness. In recent weeks, you’ve seen some tragedy and triumph, as well as simply nature sneaking up on the bride and groom. This week brings some chaos, a happy return, and a surprise guest! Who could it be?

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For those who live in the Seattle area and are suffering from this god awful heat wave, one must surely remember the awfulness of last year as it not only combined the heat, but also the smoke from the raging wildfires from around the state. It all was just miserable, so much so that you’d probably balk at the courage of these two newlyweds who got married in the line of a wildfire over in California.

Ellie and Taylor Denney, who had been planning their big day for quite some time, weren’t quite expecting what was coming over the hills towards them. Though they there was a wildfire raging, they didn’t think it would come so fast—or in the middle of their vows. During the ceremony, they received a mandatory evacuation notice. Instead of cutting their losses and running, they just cut it short—but still ran. Trimming off a major portion of the ceremony, they still got to tie the knot as the fire approached the river behind them.

While not the most “beautiful” wedding photos, they surely are distinct with smoke clouds billowing high behind them. Talk about a hot wedding!

https://www.wfla.com/news/local-news/gainesville-couple-reunited-with-personal-photos-after-tampa-man-finds-gopro/1297311605

Our business is weddings; more importantly wedding videos. We capture your big day and make sure you have memories to cherish for a lifetime. For one couple, their wedding footage had been sorely lost after their GoPro took an unexpected swim during a post-wedding vacation and never was to be found again…

That is until a year later when a good Samaritan by the name of Jeffrey Heim was diving and came upon the long-lost camera. Like pirate’s treasure, it was worth more than he could have expected—and after pleas on social media to find the owner, he finally tracked down Angel and Tim Wilson who just so happened to be getting ready to celebrate their one-year anniversary!

What’s important to note, at least from our side of things, is that these two were utterly creative in affixing the camera to their dog to be the “camera-dog.”

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The last time you saw an unexpected wedding guest on this blog it was in the form of an Alaskan moose. Now, many of us would think that’s pretty cool. But for one Italian couple, Luca Schafer and Leticia Vera, they can say they got one of the greatest surprise wedding guests of all time: the freaking Pope!

That’s right: Pope Francis himself surprised a wedding taking place in the Vatican Gardens, in a little chapel known as the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians, and presided over the ceremony! To make it even more fun, only the bride and groom knew that he was going to be there! The other priests in attendance didn’t even know either!

Those in attendance say that the pope delivered a speech on the three verbs that would help them in their married life start, stop, and resume. Now how cool is that!?

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This one is bound to make you chuckle. Pretend you’re about to have your first look. You’re dressed up perfectly, perhaps shaking just a little, and the excitement for what to rushing through your body at the speed of light. Well, imagine that when you finally see your bride to be it ends up being your future brother-in-law in the dress instead of your loving fiancé!

Husband and wife Val and Heidi had quite the prank for their wedding day, though Val knew nothing about it until it was too late. Photographer Nichole shared a story with POPSUGAR about dear friend Heidi pranking her husband-to-be at the very last minute on their wedding day.

After precise coordination and a little bit of luck, everything worked out that Val didn’t realize until Heidi…I mean Eric…reached him from behind. Heidi was able to spy in on the moment, and when the actual one happened, Val was rather suspicious and nearly thought it was her other brother this time around. Luckily it wasn’t, otherwise Val might have actually given up. Be sure to check the photos in the link for some big laughs!

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/bride-grooms-big-moment-takes-12883363

We’re not the biggest fans of soccer (or football), but when a wedding decides to stream the World Cup at their wedding we can’t help but want to watch it with them. For Jenna and Mike Coysh, their wedding breakfast was taking place during the quarterfinal match with Sweden. Now, if you’ve never seen the English watch sports before, well…they get into it.

Which is why it was such a funny moment when, right as the newlyweds were about to cut their gorgeous cake…England scored a goal against Sweden. This cued a wave of applause and a minor pause in the breakfast for everyone to celebrate the goal before things died back down to celebrate the thing they were originally there for!

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There you have it for this week in Bizarre Wedding News: if you spot anything strange or funny around the internet, shoot it our way and we’d love to feature it!

Even if you don’t, we’d still love to hear from you so leave us a comment or question below! See you all next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Over the years, we’ve seen some pretty strange things happen. While none of our stuff has gone viral for that matter, though in some regards that’s not always something beneficial, we do like to draw attention to the weird wedding mishaps that go on around the country. If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember last time featured a family whose house burned down on their wedding day, only to still get married for a happy ending. Luckily the stories this week don’t have any tragedy to them—though one could have very easily become tragic if it weren’t for but a few fast-thinking moments.

So let’s get down to it!

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Imagine you’ve just gotten married: you’re full of happiness, excitement, and your heart is probably beating out of your chest. Well, for two newlyweds, they almost saw their future come crashing down—literally. Cheyenne and Lucas Kopeschka, who got married on June 30, were blissfully recounting their story for the wedding video being shot. Poised on a picnic table underneath a tree, the newlyweds heard a sudden crack and immediately glanced up to see a rather large tree branch falling towards them.

With quick thinking, the two dodged the branch and saved themselves (and the wedding day). Instead of opting for a more comfortable (and certainly safer location), the two decided to continue on with the video right where they had been sitting with the tree branch in full focus right in front of them. One has to wonder, if you make the case for bird poop landing on someone as “good luck,” couldn’t you say that this has blessed their love for a lifetime? No? Well we seem to think so!

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Historically speaking, animals and weddings have really not gone together well. Those who follow us might remember a story about an owl “ring bearer” that got loose and caused some ruckus at a wedding. There’s also a joke to be made about “ring bears,” or dogs who try to do the duty and find themselves utterly distracted. All things considering, this one could’ve gone a whole lot worse.

On the same day as the previous wedding, Alan and Shandy Cuellar were exchanging their long-awaited vows at the Bayshore Clubhouse in Anchorage. With a gorgeous, romantic backdrop and a look of complete love in their eyes, they were photobombed by none other than a moose wandering into frame.

Completely enamored by the situation, the newlyweds were perfectly ok with being shown-up by a moose (it is Alaska after all), though there was a little bit of concern when the beast made its way closer to the guests. I don’t know about you, but Bullwinkle showing up at a wedding sounds pretty ok to me!

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There you have it for this week’s strange wedding news! Thankfully there wasn’t anything too tragic this time!

Have you seen anything in the news that might interest us? Have a story of your own? Share it below and we’ll try to feature it! Thanks for reading!!

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Photo Credit – Skylee Campbell/Facebook

by Scott Johnson

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to weddings: there’s nothing more fun and wild than having a wholly unique theme or venue. You’ve seen us talk about weddings at White Castle and Walmart before, you’ve also gotten to witness some spooky ones of our own. Today we come to you with three weddings that are equal parts bizarre, lucky, and entirely romantic. The simple truth is: as long as you’re with your significant other, have some rings and an officiant, and are willing to commit the rest of your life to that person, then you could have a wedding just about anywhere.

http://www.thisisinsider.com/southwest-airlines-wedding-airplane-2018-6

Imagine you’re on a flight: it’s tight, cramped, there’s a baby crying and you still have three hours to go…wait, maybe imagine a different flight.

Just a few weeks ago, on Southwest Airlines from Vegas to Baltimore, a wedding was held before the flight landed! Talk about a different kind of mile-high club!

Michael and Renee, who reportedly met on Match.com about four years ago, both stood up near the end of their flight and proceeded to make their way to opposite sides of the plane. With Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in the background, Renee made her way down the aisle to Michael. That’s when the pilot came out to officiate! Though there weren’t any major celebrations onboard (not much room to dance), they were reportedly given a makeshift cake made out of various napkins, straws and toilet paper with words of advice from fellow passengers.

https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/triad-couple-gets-dream-wedding-48-hours-after-canceled-wedding-auctioned/83-566507529

The next wedding we’ll be talking about might earn the record for fastest one ever planned—though there wasn’t entirely too much planning to go along with it. In North Carolina, high school sweethearts Nicole Atkinson and Wesley Bodenheimer, were perusing Facebook when they came across a post from Bella Collina, a fancy wedding venue, that was essentially auctioning off a wedding that had been cancelled just three days before the event.

Not wanting to lose out on the day, owner Joe Destafino decided to post the wedding slot on Facebook in hopes of some nibbles, though he seemed doubtful as it was literally three days away.

But then Atkinson and Bodenheimer messaged him and the rest was history: they got the wedding for half the price, along with the already-arranged DJ, Caterer, flowers and pretty much everything else. Talk about bargain shopping! The only downside is they had to plan everything else in a mere 48 hours, as they had already had a wedding planned for this coming November!

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/06/25/couple-escapes-house-fire-on-morning-wedding-it-was-nice-ending-to-rather-horrendous-beginning.html

Our final wedding is rather bittersweet. On the day of their wedding, Matthew and Coral Denakis, a couple out of Maryland, a fire broke out inside their house during the wee hours of the morning. With most of the wedding party in their house, which amounted to almost twenty people, it was a miracle everyone got out unscathed. Matthew had his priorities set when he went for just the wedding rings (and his wallet)

Thankfully, the wedding dress had been stored safely and the two were officially married later that day. Claiming they wanted to turn a bad day into a good one, I think they honestly deserve a medal or something. Most people would be in a pretty bad mood if their house blew up, especially on their wedding day.

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Know of any other bizarre weddings? Was yours even weirder? Let us know in the comments below and maybe you’ll be featured next time!

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By Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Alexi Lubomirski

After months of planning, speculation and anticipation Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedded on Saturday, officially becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While many of us were still asleep when it happened, I salute those who either stayed up late or got up early to witness the historical occasion, because it really takes a lot to get up early on a Saturday to watch a wedding in which most of us have no connection.

To those who waited to watch it after the fact (or if you decided to pay and watch it at a movie theater, which I guess is a thing) then you’re a lot like us on the West Coast. Alas, Royal Weddings are often the only international marriages we ever really care about, other than whatever “royalty” we wish to place on people like the Kardashians or other celebrities.

It seems like there are two distinct sides to every Royal Wedding: those who care…and those who don’t. On the one hand, especially for us in the wedding industry, marriage is a glorious celebration of love and happiness. Weddings themselves are, in a way, their own industry. From the cakes, dresses, decorations, venues, flowers, and just about everything else that goes into a wedding, there are often dozens, if not hundreds of people involved in one that isn’t even “Royal.” So when an honest-to-God Royal Wedding happens, you bet your butt that all of us in the industry stop and pay attention.

On the other hand, particularly for us who have no ties to Great Britain (nor live in any nation presided over by Elizabeth II), all this hullabaloo might just seem like far too much distraction from more important matters, especially when you realize that Harry and Meghan don’t hold any real claim to the throne, nor that Meghan won’t officially even be a “princess” (that right is held to blood-members of the family).

So this little recap is going to be geared towards that second group because those who already care about the wedding probably already watched it and ingested all of the minute details like it was their very own.

With everything kicking off in November, when Harry proposed to Meghan, it seems like the wedding has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Which, in some cases, is true. Taking less than six months to plan their wedding (We know; that sounds just as shocking to us because one would think Royal Weddings would take up to a year to plan), the day finally came. May 19, which in British history bears a grim reminder (it was the day Anne Boleyn was beheaded by Henry VIII, Harry’s ancestor), will hopefully now have much more happy connotations.

In leading up to the day, one thing caught my eye: the cake. With an estimated 200 lemons, 500 eggs, and an absolutely astonishing 40 pounds worth of butter, sugar and flour (each), you probably gained 10 pounds just reading all of that. Taking six bakers almost a week to craft this magnificent piece of art, they only had one shot at making it right, considering the astronomical amount of ingredients, so you can imagine the sheer pressure going into a single cake. What’s even more crazy is that the tradition isn’t even to have a cake. Rather, It’s to have a fruit cake. Some traditions we’re perfectly ok breaking.

Shortly before 10am, the first celebrity guests arrived at St. George’s Chapel (a break from the traditional Westminster Abbey). I’m not sure about you, but the person who arrived first is the one I bet anyone would die to have at their wedding: Oprah—freaking—Winfrey. Talk about a great wedding gift giver, huh? On that note, Meghan and Harry refused standard gifts (though Elizabeth gave them a “small” castle). Instead, they asked for donations to their favorite charities including Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Surfers Against Sewage, and Children’s HIV Association.

Along with Oprah, Idris Elba, James Blunt, George Clooney, the Beckham’s, and even Tom Hardy were in attendance. One of the biggest surprises, despite the star-studded guest list along with all the royalty, is that this wedding is actually smaller in comparison to previous Royal Weddings. For instance, Princess Diana had the most guests at a whopping 3,500. The next smallest was William and Kate’s with about half that at 1,900. Meghan and Harry didn’t even reach 1,000, instead opting for a much more manageable 600. Though, to most everybody else, that still seems like quite a lot. And you’re exactly right.

With the guest list this small, it’s easy to guess this was one of the lesser expensive ones as well. Diana’s, back in 1981, cost an astonishing $110 million while William and Kate’s was only $34 million. Meghan and Harry spent approximately $45 million. Again, that sounds like a lot because it is.

As the first hour of arrivals sped onwards, the rest of the family and friends made their way into the chapel. With a few last minute touches, Meghan arrived right at noon in her Givenchy dress designed by Clare Waight Keller. Footage showed Harry getting a little emotional upon the arrival of the love of his life.

A few minutes later, the bishop started the ceremony before asking the first important question of the evening “are there any reasons they can’t lawfully marry?” Michael Curry, the bishop from North Carolina, brought a certain amount of excitement to the wedding that nobody was expecting. Preaching one of the greatest sermons in probably all of wedding history, he was even able to toss in some MLK quotes. As the audience, and even William, stifled their laughter at the bombastic speech, it became even more clear that this whole thing came out of left field. Meghan, though, seemed to eat up every single minute of it.

Following the incredible speech, the Kingdom Choir performed an equally legendary rendition of Stand By Me. If that song got to you before, it will do so even more now. But after that came the vows, and then the long-awaited kiss; they were officially married and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As far as Royal Weddings go, we’d have to say this one was pretty grand. With the bride being American, it surely threw some of the British traditions for a loop—and we’re all for it! Surely, this wedding will be reminisced on with pride and happiness. Everything went off without a hitch, and it was the perfect ending to what could literally be a fairytale story.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to another rousing edition of Wedding News Roundup! Every so often, we pick up on the latest and greatest in the wild world of weddings. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always filled with love, these stories remind us of all of the wonderful weirdness that can spring forth from weddings. We’ve got three stories coming at you this week, so let’s get started!

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Owl Ring Bearer Attacks Audience

Coming from the Nerdist, this story is actually quite a hoot. Back in March, Jeni Arrowsmith and Mark Wood got married at Peckforton Castle in Northwest England–which, in many regards, already makes for a great wedding because who wouldn’t want to get married in a castle?

Yet instead of sticking to your regular options when it comes to ring-bearing (typically an adorable little kid, a dog, or the best man), these two thought that having an honest-to-god owl would be the most perfect idea. I’m sure things went well in rehearsal, probably because there wasn’t nearly the same amount of people, but for the real deal it got a little freaked. Hesitant to leave the handler’s arm, the owl finally zipped down the aisle and landed on the groom. Within seconds, the owl had lost its cool and proceeded to swoop towards the audience, resulting in a large amount of gasps, laughter and one man even falling out of his chair.

But wait: there’s even a video! Check the link and witness the hilarity ensue!

Killer Clown” Photobombing

In the past, we’ve seen some pretty hilarious wedding photos and the silly things friends and family do to make them even more special. Remember Pennywise getting photoshopped into some shots? Well, this one takes it even further. Vincent Alexander found it to be a pretty humorous idea to have his brother dress up in a sinister clown costume and stand behind him and his wife, Manda. He then got the approval of the photographer, who assisted him in keeping it an absolute secret from Manda, who discovered the surprise a full year later on their first anniversary as a married couple.

Vincent even filmed her reaction of receiving the photo, to which Manda was pleasantly surprised with. Don’t worry, they still took some lovely photos that totally make up for the terrifying clown in just the one. Be sure to check the link for all of the photos and reaction video!

Dad Trolls Daughter With Sign at Proposal

The etiquette of asking a father for permission to marry his daughter feels as old as weddings themselves. Though times have changed and the idea of “giving away a daughter” feels a little antiquated by today’s standards, parents should always be a part of the picture in a wedding, though when it comes to proposals perhaps not always.

That didn’t stop Jake Barron, father to Allison, from pulling off a hilarious prank at his daughter’s engagement to Levi Bliss. While the future son-in-law was quite close to Allison’s father, often hanging out together without Allison in tow, Jake found it to be a funny idea to show up at the proposal with a sign reading “Say No.” Of course it was all one big joke, but as he stood up on the hill with the sign there’s no way you can’t laugh when you hear the story. You might even cry a little. Read the article to see the sign for yourself!

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And there you have it! Check back later for more Wedding News Roundup. As always, if you have a story you’d like to share or found a funny article we could feature later on, please drop us a comment below! We’d really appreciate it!

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