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"Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -- Mary Oliver

393--Wyoming: Anita & Ken's "Anything Goes" Wedding
@ Site News     Aug 01 2007 - 09:14 PST
cherie writes: When I got the Drever wedding invitation I knew I had to go. After the typical formalities the invite said: reception and piñata after the ceremony.

Anita told her guests it was an “anything goes” wedding. If down-to-earth Anita was going to have to wear a wedding dress, then everyone was going to have to wear a costume. Thus it was a wedding with bears and bees, hunters and cowgirls, and red-barons and green-clay figures (Gumby!) Daryl got all dressed up and wore his nicest black Slayer T-shirt.

The ceremony started with a drum circle and the bride bounced down the “aisle” to the beat of her friends banging on anything from a bucket to a tambourine. Instead of the traditional “unity candle”, the couple opted to pour two liquids into a bowl that created a chemical reaction that foamed up to form this hideous polyurethane thing.

After the delicious food and champagne toasts, we ate the igloo cake and marzipan frog dessert and then headed outside to whack the piñata until it exploded liquor-filled chocolates.

“When my daughter first told me her wedding ideas, I thought they were a bit kooky,” confessed Anita’s father in his heartfelt speech. “But I never knew a wedding could be so much fun!”

Most photos were taken by Daryl and Cherie

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Would you invite Gumby to your wedding?  At Anita & Ken's "Anything Goes" wedding, guests were encouraged to wear costumes.

Would you invite Gumby to your wedding? At Anita & Ken's "Anything Goes" wedding, guests were encouraged to wear costumes.

Not your typical wedding guests.

Not your typical wedding guests.

The Drever wedding was held at Jim & Mel's home in Centennial, Wyoming.

The Drever wedding was held at Jim & Mel's home in Centennial, Wyoming.

Centennial has a population of 100.

Centennial has a population of 100.

Centennial, Wyoming.

Centennial, Wyoming.

Wyoming.

Wyoming.

The drummers Pat and Becca.

The drummers Pat and Becca.

Kevin buzzes around with a drum.

Kevin buzzes around with a drum.

Cherie (before).

Cherie (before).

Cherie (after).

Cherie (after).

Presenting Plum, a "real" bridesmaid.

Presenting Plum, a "real" bridesmaid.

Cousin Alex flies in from New York.

Cousin Alex flies in from New York.

More guests arrive.

More guests arrive.

Gumby and Greg.

Gumby and Greg.

Lynn had a Beary good time.

Lynn had a Beary good time.

Trisha, Dave and Allie thought they were in Hawaii.

Trisha, Dave and Allie thought they were in Hawaii.

Ken, the groom.

Ken, the groom.

JoAnn and Rod get all gussied up.

JoAnn and Rod get all gussied up.

Kevin and Clara.

Kevin and Clara.

This kiss won't sting.

This kiss won't sting.

The drum circle begins.

The drum circle begins.

Brother Jim never imagined he'd see his sister Anita walk down the "aisle" to the beat of a drum circle.

Brother Jim never imagined he'd see his sister Anita walk down the "aisle" to the beat of a drum circle.

Just beat it.

Just beat it.

There's no dress code at this wedding.

There's no dress code at this wedding.

Hallie, the crazy cowgirl, is ready to cheer.

Hallie, the crazy cowgirl, is ready to cheer.

The sun peeks through the clouds just as the bride comes into view.

The sun peeks through the clouds just as the bride comes into view.

Anita is escorted by her father Tim, followed by Laurie shaking her maracas.

Anita is escorted by her father Tim, followed by Laurie shaking her maracas.

Here comes the bride, bouncing to the beat of the drums.

Here comes the bride, bouncing to the beat of the drums.

The bride is glowing; people have to put on their sunglasses.

The bride is glowing; people have to put on their sunglasses.

A reading from Jim and Mel.

A reading from Jim and Mel.

The eclectic wedding guests of the Drever wedding.

The eclectic wedding guests of the Drever wedding.

Gumby snaps photos of the ceremony.

Gumby snaps photos of the ceremony.

Lynn and Hallie.

Lynn and Hallie.

Ken and Anita prepare to be wed by Rev. Keith.

Ken and Anita prepare to be wed by Rev. Keith.

Pat and Becca.

Pat and Becca.

Anita can't help but laugh.

Anita can't help but laugh.

Ok this is serious.  Anita reads her vows.

Ok this is serious. Anita reads her vows.

The crowd watches in silence.

The crowd watches in silence.

The rings are exchanged simultaneously.

The rings are exchanged simultaneously.

Tim and Irene, Anita's parents, smile in approval.

Tim and Irene, Anita's parents, smile in approval.

The rings are worn on the right hand (because they don't fit on the left!)

The rings are worn on the right hand (because they don't fit on the left!)

Instead of the traditional "unity candle", Anita and Ken opt for something a little different.

Instead of the traditional "unity candle", Anita and Ken opt for something a little different.

Anita pours a "special" liquid into a bowl.

Anita pours a "special" liquid into a bowl.

Ken pours another liquid into the same bowl.

Ken pours another liquid into the same bowl.

The couple stirs the liquid until a chemical reaction takes place causing the substance to bubble.

The couple stirs the liquid until a chemical reaction takes place causing the substance to bubble.

The new substance heats up and starts to react.  Anita and Ken set the bowl on the table.

The new substance heats up and starts to react. Anita and Ken set the bowl on the table.

The liquid turns to solid and starts foaming all over the place.

The liquid turns to solid and starts foaming all over the place.

The guests watch as the foam-thing grows.

The guests watch as the foam-thing grows.

When it cools, the new "thing" can be used as a decorative center-piece.

When it cools, the new "thing" can be used as a decorative center-piece.

A chemical reaction; a chemical attraction.

A chemical reaction; a chemical attraction.

By the power vested in me by the Church-of-Keith, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

By the power vested in me by the Church-of-Keith, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Now that's a kiss!

Now that's a kiss!

The couple skips off to start their new life together.

The couple skips off to start their new life together.

Anita and Ken.

Anita and Ken.

Anita and Ken with bridesmaids Laurie and Plum.

Anita and Ken with bridesmaids Laurie and Plum.

Anita and Laurie.

Anita and Laurie.

Plum & Rev. Keith with the newly weds.

Plum & Rev. Keith with the newly weds.

The girls.

The girls.

The guests grab a glass of champagne and prepare to toast.

The guests grab a glass of champagne and prepare to toast.

Anita gets a present from Tom.  "How'd you know I wanted antlers!"

Anita gets a present from Tom. "How'd you know I wanted antlers!"

A toast to the future adventures of Anita and Ken.

A toast to the future adventures of Anita and Ken.

Sarah, Anita and Ken.

Sarah, Anita and Ken.

Don't all vegetarians want a hunter to come to their wedding?

Don't all vegetarians want a hunter to come to their wedding?

The three doctors.

The three doctors.

It's time to eat!

It's time to eat!

The tables look beautiful.

The tables look beautiful.

Marsipan frogs for dessert.

Marsipan frogs for dessert.

The cake is a "Greenland" cake, since that's where Ken & Anita went on their honeymoon.

The cake is a "Greenland" cake, since that's where Ken & Anita went on their honeymoon.

Time to cut the cake.

Time to cut the cake.

Gumby grabs a seat.

Gumby grabs a seat.

Cherie, Greg, Kevin and Clara.

Cherie, Greg, Kevin and Clara.

Anita and Ken with the wedding pinata.

Anita and Ken with the wedding pinata.

Swing batter!

Swing batter!

Hallie takes another whack!

Hallie takes another whack!

The pinata is fun for all ages.

The pinata is fun for all ages.

Ken pulls the pinata string.

Ken pulls the pinata string.

Tom swings at the wedding bell pinata.

Tom swings at the wedding bell pinata.

Another miss.

Another miss.

Plum and Daryl.  Daryl dressed up and wore his best Slayer shirt to the wedding.

Plum and Daryl. Daryl dressed up and wore his best Slayer shirt to the wedding.

Tom and Anita.

Tom and Anita.

Plum, Anita, Ken & Daryl.

Plum, Anita, Ken & Daryl.

Ken does a reading.

Ken does a reading.

Tim takes over the reading.

Tim takes over the reading.

The bouquet toss.

The bouquet toss.

Gumby and Hallie.

Gumby and Hallie.

Anita and Plum.

Anita and Plum.

Anita and Ken with the bees.

Anita and Ken with the bees.