This As You Wish exclusive real wedding was one of uniquely epic proportions. A fun-loving bride and groom, a local radio star’s generous offer to host a wedding in his infamous tavern, and… Coolio (yes, rapper and record producer, Coolio)- made for one awesome party that the AYW team LOVED being apart of! Today we’re sharing how in the world all this fun came to be; including photos of bride, Jennifer, and her groom, Shannon’s atypical, unforgettable big day.
Jennifer seized an opportunity to be married at the notorious Big Al’s Bar (McKinney Avenue Tavern), after hearing the infamous radio personality on the radio one morning. Big Al, on air, spoke of his interest in hosting such an affair, and Jennifer jumped at the thought. She called in to KISS FM, and told Big Al that her friends, family, and fiancé would be thrilled to celebrate the couple’s marriage in such an exclusive, exciting way. Without hesitation, the entire KISS FM team jumped on board and began proposing ideas for Jennifer and Shannon’s big night. Special guest, Coolio, played an essential role in the evening- thanks to an on-air miscommunication between Kelly Rasberry and Big Al. Kelly suggested they ask Coolio to ‘perform’ at the celebration- as the reception entertainment… Big Al, however, took her words for another meaning entirely and made a wild suggestion: what couple has ever had a wedding ceremony performed by a famous rapper? One thing led to the next, and by the wedding day, Coolio was ordained to perform the pair’s wedding ceremony in addition to his providing musical entertainment for their reception. For kicks and giggles, members of the KISS FM cast even participated in the festivities as members of the couple’s bridal party (accompanying the bride and groom’s friends and family, of course).
Bride, Jennifer, still wanted to the event to have the looks and feels of a wedding, despite it’s uncommon venue. So, As You Wish lead planner, Rachel Burt, helped to deck the McKinney Avenue Tavern with Gatsby-inspired, Speak-easy-themed elements. Take a look at these images, captured by Harry Photo, and check back on our Facebook page later this week for more details from this epic, celebrity-stamped event!
Thanks to Big Al (left) and Rapper, Coolio (right), and the rest of the KISS FM team, for helping us throw this once-in-a-lifetime celebration!