2015 was a heck of year, wasn’t it? FOX discontinued production of The Simpsons DVDs, a Ned Flanders-themed metal band took the world by storm, Alex Rocco passed away, and a mature Joe Piscopo honored his friend Eddie Murphy at the Kennedy Center’s annual Mark Twain Prize ceremonies.
And!, this blog’s “mother” and I decided to get get married. Diana had proposed to me a year earlier on our fifth anniversary while I was doped up on pain meds following kidney stone surgery. She’d bought us matching patch-jackets in lieu of rings, we were watching Gone With the Wind, romance was in the air, and I said yes.
It was October 17th, the sixth anniversary (+1 day) of our first date. Friends and family came from as far away as Buffalo, New York (home of the football team that nearly cost Homer Lisa’s love) to witness our union, and in our imaginations the entire town of Springfield were celebrating along with us.
I’ve mentioned before that The Simpsons is part of our “couple’s language” and the way we like to have fun. When organizing the biggest event of our life together, it was natural we’d include The Simpsons in some ways. At the same time we didn’t want the ceremony to become a complete in-joke only five guests and us would fully understand, so we kept the touches subtle save for a few big moments we really wanted to hit.
Bachelor / Bachelorette parties:
The Big Day!:
Our vows: We unironically quoted Poochie, Smithers, and of course Homer and Marge. We’re not sure how many people caught it, but it meant a lot to us.
Cufflinks to make the suit!
Yes, that is a Stonecutters ring.
The walk back down the aisle:
Not pictured, but JRC got chef Liam from The Coronado to prepare Nachos Flanders-style, a dish which Diana always wants to serve at Trivia Night, but JRC rejects in favor of foods that are “appetizing” and “edible.” It was actually not bad!
We got our favorite food, hoagies (subs, grinders, foot-long heroes) from our favorite sandwich shop, Phoenix’s Cheese-N-Stuff:
Made by the awesome people at Treehouse Bakery,
Advice from a father-figure:
JRC’s father passed away many years ago, so Diana got a friend to memorize and give JRC the advice Abe Simpson gives Homer on his wedding day, as depicted in Time Toaster:
Some of the gifts we got:
Drawing by Tommy Cannon, creator of Fred the Mustard Packet.
Highlights from the honeymoon:
At the Flagstaff Pioneer Museum:
Thank you to our friends and loved ones who witnessed our wedding, and to The Simpsons, who helped bring us together!