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The Inanimate Bride
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Even little kids are dressed up at an Hispanic wedding ceremony.
Disciples of Jesus, the church in which Gary is ordained, is a strong supporter of animal charities. The fee you pay is in fact a contribution to animal charity and may be tax deductible (ask your accountant). The amount of your contribution depends on whether and how far Gary has to travel to get to your wedding location. Weddings in Denver suburbs area rarely exceed $225, less for Central Denver. Couples coming alone or with their children to the chapel on10th avenue (see photos) contribute only $75. Bring your camera and Gary will take pictures for you.
Gary does not require couples to have a marriage license and performs many ceremonies without one. If the couple wishes, he writes a testimonial to the fact that he indeed performed the marriage ceremony on a given date. The bride and groom can sign it at the chapel or before a notary and keep it as evidence of their agreement to be husband and wife. This kind of marriage contract, sometimes called common law, is valid in CO. If you have to deal with immigration or the military, a license is advisable.
|The Arabian Horse Association, on a hill northwest of Denver, provides a fine view. I've been the officiant for three wedding ceremonies there and have yet to see a horse.|
Nor does Gary insist on pre-marital counseling. He does pastoral counseling for those who wish it – usually people having relationship difficulties – but believes couples themselves are the best judge of what they need.
Among the most interesting – and fun! – ceremonies Gary has officiated: a Halloween wedding at which everyone was in costume; a commitment service for two women, one dressed as a traditional bride, the other in a men’s style suit; a formal wedding on a farm and attended by three cows; a poker theme wedding with poker lingo in the service – full house, King of Diamonds and Queen of Hearts, suited connectors, ante up, etc; a backyard party at which the entire wedding party, including the minister, was barefoot; and on a ferris wheel at an amusement park. He’d welcome the opportunity to do a wedding underwater (he’s certified in scuba) or atop a Fourteener (he’s climbed all but one). During a parachute jump or just on a ski slope (modest moguls only, please) sound fun too.
These ninety year olds are the parents of a groom who met his bride at an AA meeting. I told him, "God had to get you drunk to bring you together."