February 01, 2015
Find out what happened when a judge who was hired to marry a couple never showed up at the wedding!
The Central Minnesota Wedding Association hosted its Awards Banquet last week. The 'XO' eXtraOrdinary Award was given to the 3 top stories submitted by its members. The stories were judged on how a member of the Central Minnesota Wedding Association 'saved the day' for a couple that had hired them. The 3 stories that won were written about Larry Rowe at Impressions Mobile Music , Sharon Planer at Pianist for Parties , and Paige Meier at Carlos Creek Winery.
I will share Larry's story in this post and the other stories in later posts.
Larry Rowe is DJ entertainer extraodinare at Impressions Mobile Music
Here is what the bride and groom had to say about Larry 'Saving the Day'!
The story began on Sept. 27 2014 . . . .
We decided to have our wedding outside in a field on our farm. We decided to have a Stearns County Judge do the ceremony. I sent our choice of wording for our ceremony and the address, time and date. The Judge stated he had a wedding prior to ours but would for sure be here by 5:30.
Larry came out earlier in the afternoon and set up all of his equipment for the music and lights.
I was in the house getting ready and all of the guests were arriving. We had our BBQ started and dance floor was ready for the evening. We were ready to go... the hay ride to the field was on it's way, it was 5:30 and we were ready.
When we got to the field we were informed there was no JP yet. Hmmmmm ... so we said we can wait a little to see if he is just running late. Larry came up and asked if everything was okay. We said, "Play some music for a little bit and we will see if he shows up." Joe's sister had googled 'ceremonies' and had a plan that we would fake it and have Joe's brother just read the ceremony. We could get married at the court house at a later date.
Larry came over and said, "I can't believe how calm you are. Other brides would have been crazy by now." And that was putting it mildly! Ha Ha. We told him this is our life, just winging it most of the time. He offered to check and see if a friend of his was available to do the ceremony. We said. "Well, we will wait a little bit."
Larry called his friend just to see if he was around and well, he was fishing. Larry came back to tell us what he had found out. We thought for a bit and decided, "I guess we have to pull him off the lake!" We said, "Okay. The JP isn't showing and we better get someone here." Everyone was getting hungry and mingling. So Larry called his friend and asked him to come. His friend stated he had to run home and shower but would be on his way. I said, "He doesn't need to shower, we don't care if he smells fishy!"
We were all watching the driveway for the next car to come in and wondered who it was going to be ... the JP or Larry's friend? Larry's friend pulled into the drive way and he calmly came up to us asked us if we wanted anything special. Joe and I both said, "No just lets get married and get to the dancing!"
Larry literally saved the day, went WAY above and beyond his job. We loved his music he kept everyone young and old on the dance floor all night. I cannot say enough GREAT things about Larry and how he just seemed to keep everything going calmly and of course pulling a JP out of his hat was quite amazing!
We will never forget what Larry did and how professionally he did it. We feel Larry deserves the XO award. Words cannot explain how lucky we were to have not only a GREAT DJ but one that knew a JP!
Find out more about Larry Rowe at Impressions Mobile Music