The groom was test-listening downloaded wedding songs as a busboy threaded through a small circle of relatives and friends awaiting the arrival of the bride's mother from Paintsville with the dress. A search was on for who, exactly, had the rings.
The wedding Tuesday at the Coba Cocina was a bit of a last-minute effort.
"I'm here," said groom Adam Weber, who said the arrangements had been made in a rush to coincide with his Christmas leave from Camp Pendleton in California. "I showed up."
The "as told" was implied.
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Pastor Harry Revel said the nuptials at the restaurant with the world's largest privately owned jellyfish tank wasn't the most unusual place he'd performed a ceremony. That, he said, would be what was essentially a pop-up wedding at a funeral parlor. (The marriage was annulled within a month, although the impulsive couple later got back together several times before death did them part, he said.)
Revel was hoping for a better outcome for Mr. and Mrs. Weber, whom he had not met before the wedding day.
How did this come together?
Lyndsey Childers, 21, and Weber, 27, met through mutual friends while attending Eastern Kentucky University but did not date at the time.
"The timing was always bad," he said.
But about 10 months ago, they did start to date and were shortly engaged.
Still, timing? Not in their favor.
After college, Weber joined the Marines. They have tried to schedule the wedding several times, but the dates coincided with training or a previous deployment overseas.
The day-before-the-day-before-Christmas wedding was the idea of an aunt, who contacted the owners of Coba Cocina. It is the first wedding at the restaurant which opened in March 2013, said Shannon Kerkhoff, who works for the company that owns the restaurant. Plans started in earnest about a week before, she said. Details weren't exactly locked down even on the day. The original 4:30 p.m. drifted to 5:30 p.m. The pastor had to tell his wife she needed to shop a while longer before he could pick her up. There was some question about the location of both the wedding dress and the rings.
But finally, as a soft rain fell outside, an iPad played a version of the Wedding March and 20 or so folks gathered from across the state watched the bride come down the aisle. There were a few muffled sniffles as the couple stood in the dim light of a Christmas tree. The ceremony went from "I will" to "You may kiss the bride" in under 10 minutes.
Both husband and wife beamed in relief. They will have about two months in California together before Weber is deployed overseas again and his new wife returns home.
It's important to have that time to bond, Weber said, because after that it will be "six months and 3,000 miles apart depending on Skype and email".