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The irreverent Reverend George



from the “Toronto Star”

Nearly three months after their summertime wedding, Jessica and Casey O’Donnell aren’t quite sure if they’re actually married.
In the Peterborough couple’s own words, the newlyweds are “sort of” spouses.
“Un-frickin-believable,” said Casey, 33, when discussing the events that led to their marital limbo.
“To be honest, it feels surreal, like — did this actually happen? What the hell?”
What happened is this: In the rush to organize an outdoor wedding in August, they took to Kijiji to hire an officiator named George T. Casselman to oversee their ceremony and legally confirm their nuptials.
That resulted in what Casey calls a “trainwreck” at the altar. As portrayed in a video of the ceremony, Casselman stumbled over his words and seemed to utter incoherent sentences. He briefly misplaced the wedding rings, then dropped them to the grass at his feet. At one point he lost his place in his notes, prompting Jessica to mutter, “Couldn’t you just make it up?”
That was hard enough, Jessica recalled. But then, on Monday, the couple says they received a call from Service Ontario telling them Casselman was not authorized to marry people in the province. The O’Donnells say they now have to go to family court and apply for an “order of validity” to finally make their marriage official, an ordeal Casey expects to cost “about $500.”

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Valentine’s Day, 2014

Valentine's Day, 2014

Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries is magnificent and – rightly – a popular venue for weddings

It has, however, a “design fault” insofar as it has no covering to speak of and is technically a ruin.  In other words, it’s exposed to the elements.

A minister colleague once conducted a marriage ceremony there in the rain; he actually said to the happy couple – who were from England – “If your forefathers hadn’t besieged this place, we’d have a roof over our head and be dry!”

It certainly wasn’t dry last Valentine’s Day.  The rain was turning into sleet, the wind was bitterly cold and the temperature was Baltic.  My car read-out said one degree – but once the wind chill was factored in, it must have been a lot less.

We huddled in a little corner, semi-covered but with open windows on both sides through which the wet gale blew – like a wind tunnel.

I started using my loose-leaf service book, but gave up after a minute or so – pages were getting detached and starting to blow away, although I caught them in time.

I closed the book and extemporised the rest of the Service.  The ad lib version was probably better than the printed version!

After the ceremony, the paper work.  We balanced the Marriage Schedule on the stone window sill by an open window – holding onto the document with a heavy hand to prevent it blowing away.

Luckily, the signatures – written in black ink by fountain pen – were only a wee bit smudged because of the odd splash of rain.

After we were finished, I left the Castle and trudged over the sodden grass in my black suede shoes to where my car was parked.

But they were a lovely and loving couple and that’s all that matters.

The bride, moreover, was beautiful – though a shoulderless full length gown……. most elegant as it was……

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February 18, 2014 · 15:16