In the afternoon of May 29, 2015, Cameron O’Connell and Cory Barrow were wed in the quaint hamlet of Dufur, Oregon.
Well wishers and gawkers came from far and wide, i.e. New York, Paraguay, Fairbanks, San Francisco as well as Kenai, Alaska!
The bride’s parents, Robert and Annette O’Connell upon arriving in Dufur, the day before the wedding were advised to “not worry everything will be fine” but the cook, who had been retained several months earlier, was in fact in jail and the wedding dress was still in New York!
As it turned out, it was fine.
Joanne Barrow, mother of the groom and well known maven of potato salad for all of Northern California, arrived with her minions to aid and abet the endeavor. Not only did she bring her potato salad mojo but also much needed muscle as well as excellent California wine.
Mysterious Dominique, the vaunted seamstress, swept in from New York with the dress, iron, sewing machine and her beau Tom, the photographer.
Towing a trailer with a keg on board the Brewmeister, Brady, arrived from the misty Oregon Coast bringing a custom made liquid offering of Matrimonial Imperial Stout.
A new cook was employed, the food was great, guests well behaved, the Pastor arrived, vows were made, Jesus Christ was asked to bless and guide the union and the weather was absolutely flawless.
As in Brigadoon, the event coalesced in an unlikely setting, burned bright with the vigor of youth and then faded quickly into memory.