No rest for the irreverent reverend this October! It was my second-busiest month of the year.
October 1: Michael & Allison Janaske (In the lush library overlooking the Cuyahoga River at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls
October 1: Addam & Kim Chasar (At Chateau Michele in Canton. This is officially the most ink I’ve seen at a wedding ceremony. Addam is an outstanding artist at the Absolute Tattoo Company in Wadsworth. I feel it is necessary to mention that I get my work done at Empire Ink in North Hill, my old hood. Who loves ya, Scott Versago?!)
October 7: Matt & Sara Casto (At Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. Matt and I go back to Mrs. Herceg’s 9th period German class at North High School. Congratulations, my old friend!)
October 8: Chris & Kristi Prochaska (At Barrington Golf Club in Aurora)
October 15: Nathan & Ashley Fela (On quite what felt like the windiest day of the century, at Howe Meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In the second wedding & tattoo related coincidence of the month, Ashley and I share almost identical tattoos – the Triskelion – albeit in different places. Cool, right?!)
October 16: Adam & Sara Gill (In a Roaring Twenties/movie-themed ceremony at the Canton Palace Theater, complete with a “playbill” wedding program. In keeping with the theme, I was listed in the program as the director.)
October 22: Ian & Stephanie Kolarovsky (My second movie-themed ceremony in a week and my second ceremony of the month at Akron’s Greystone Hall. Ian and Stephanie, both understanding the fundamental importance of men having beards, specifically called out my “righteously sweet beard” in their wedding program. And what did I do just a week before? I shaved it off. I was so bummed. But they were great sports about it, and I’m happy to report that I have since grown it back. Me with no beard just wasn’t right.)
October 29: Don & Stephanie Xu (My niece Stephanie married the love of her life at the Tallmadge Historical Church on Tallmadge Circle – the same church where my brother got married almost a decade and a half earlier. What a joy it was to watch my niece grow and become the beautiful and radiant being she is today. It was a joy to watch you walk down the aisle and an honor beyond measure to join you and Don in marriage. Uncle Tim loves you lots!)
May you all be buried in a casket made from the wood of a 100-year old oak that I shall plant tomorrow!
I am an ordained ULC minister and am authorized and licensed by the State of Ohio to solemnize marriages.