The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 11, 2012

A series of unfortunate (wedding) events

ASHLAND, Ky. — Practice doesn’t always make perfect.

On a sunny Sunday, Mike Taylor and his fianceé, Bonnie Ritchie, figured they had an ideal day for a practice run of their wedding.

Then the problems started.

First, the preacher didn’t show up for the dress rehearsal at a community park.

As it turned out, there was a baptism underway at a nearby pond and the Rev. Marty Gute agreed to stand in.

Then came another surprise before the wedding party ended with a “kiss-the-bride” moment.

Taylor reached for the bride's wedding ring and it fell to the ground. “The ring bounced off the ground and ended in the water,” his wife said. “And, yes, the wedding ring is still at the bottom of the pond.”

The ring, an ornate golden band, had belonged to the groom’s late mother, Carol Pridemore.

Not deterred, the newlyweds used a toy ring that barely fit onto the bride’s little finger and the "wedding" proceeded.

Then came the biggest shocker. At the end of the rehearsal the couple realized their wedding was legal, with no need to pursue plans to see a justice of the peace the next day.

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