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Alaska fishing guides tie knot in salmon stream

FISHING — Whether you're talking to the bride or the groom, in this case, it's appropriate to say, “Nice catch.”

Alaska fishing guides Kadie Walsh and Dake Schmidt exchanged vows Saturday in the middle of Kodiak Island's Buskin River.

The fishing-themed ceremony included rings carried in the mouths of king salmon, a wedding party carrying fly fishing rods, and the married couple catching a pair of pink salmon together. 

A wedding during the humpy run:  perfect timing!

Click “continue reading,” and see the captions with a great selection of photos by James Brooks of the Kodiak Daily Mirror for more details, none of which answer the compelling question:

When you have a wedding in a place like like this, how do you top it for a honeymoon? 

Video: National parks a hit for Valentines

PUBLIC LANDS — If your recent Valentine's Day didn't go as well as you'd hoped, maybe you need a change of scenery.

When the National Park Service posted an online request for videos and photos of proposals in parks across the country, it had no shortages of replies, as you'll see in the video above.

Free weddings

COEUR d'ALENE - Couples thinking of tying the knot have an added incentive to seal the deal this Valentine's Day in Coeur d'Alene.

The First Christian Church on Fourth Street is offering free nuptials Monday in its new wedding chapel.

Rev. Al Holm will be performing the Valentine's Day ceremonies, and he hopes to be doing more of that in the future, for a fee.

Holm said opening the wedding chapel is a way to help the congregation as its membership and finances dwindle.

“We're doing everything that's legal and moral to sustain the church,” Holm said.

The number of regular members of the 100-year-old church has dipped below 50.

That hurts,” Holm said. Maureen Donlan, Cda Press

Did you spend a lot on your wedding?

Md. jury convicts veil-wearing burglar

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland jury has convicted a woman of burglary, assault and reckless endangerment for breaking into her neighbor’s house wearing nothing but a bridal skirt and veil on a snowy night in February.

Thirty-three-year old Melissa Wagaman testified Thursday that a combination of cold medicine and marijuana apparently made her hallucinate that she was getting married and her mother was locked in her neighbor’s basement.

Wagaman broke a dining room window with her head, causing shattered glass to cut an artery in her neighbor’s arm.

The jury rejected defense arguments that Wagaman truly believed she needed to enter the house and didn’t know she was endangering her neighbor.

She faces up to 23 years in prison.

Due in court: McBride the wedding crasher

A woman who crashed weddings and looted the gift piles is in trouble again.

Pamula K. McBride, 46, was in a felony diversion program for stealing a cart full of groceries from Fred Meyer when police arrested her last August on theft charges in connection with a looted Spokane wedding reception.

But no one in the program has heard from her since she skipped an appointment Aug. 12 - one week after her wedding-crashing scheme screeched to a handcuffed halt.

Now Spokane County prosecutors want a judge to review her compliance with the program, which could lead to an arrest warrant. McBride is to appear before Judge Maryann Moreno Monday afternoon.

She was sentenced in February to serve 45 days in the Nez Perce County Jail after pleading guilty to grand theft in connection with a wedding last June.

Police tracked McBride through stolen gift cards after the Lewiston wedding party noticed missing gifts and the off-duty police officer told them he’d seen a high school classmate who seemed nervous when he asked what she was doing.

Past coverage:

Feb. 26: Wedding crasher now has jail date

Wedding crasher now has jail date

She showed up at weddings uninvited, mingled with guests and never left empty-handed.

But a Spokane woman’s wedding-crashing scheme unraveled last summer when an old high school classmate – and off-duty police officer – recognized her at a wedding where she wasn’t an invited guest. When the hosts discovered missing gifts, they realized they’d been looted.

Now Pamula W. McBride, 46, will serve 45 days in jail for stealing gift cards and personal checks from a wedding in Nez Perce County, Idaho, last June.

Police also suspect McBride stole similar items from the gift table at Scott DeGon’s wedding reception at Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus July 18, nearly one month after she stole from a wedding at the Lewiston Elks Lodge.

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Groom arrested twice on wedding night

 LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A marriage got off to a rocky start after the 21-year-old groom from northern Idaho was arrested twice on his wedding night and charged with assaulting his new wife in nearby Eastern Washington.

  Court records show Nathan Lewis of Lewiston, Idaho, was charged Tuesday in Asotin County Superior Court with second-degree assault and interfering with a report of domestic violence.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho says Lewis was married Sunday and later arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct in Lewiston.

Police say that after Lewis was released on bail, he assaulted his new wife at a home in nearby Clarkston, Wash. The bride told authorities she was slapped and choked during the altercation, the Lewiston Tribune reports.

Lewis is scheduled to be arraigned March 1.

Might be a Hitch in the Hitching

Sounds like there’s going to be a lot of stressed out brides in the next couple weeks: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/03/plan-b-for-brides/

I don’t remember being at all stressed out about my own wedding. Then again, it was 23 years ago. The only mishap involved the groomsmen who decided to make a Burger King run right before photos. Oh yeah, those same guys were later caught eating the carefully sculpted cream cheese mints.

Did your hitching go off without a hitch?