What were you doing on 11-11-11? I’m not sure if many riders out there took this unique occasion to visit their favorite strip of asphalt, but in Ohio there were at least four couples who mixed up their love of Harleys with eternal love.
At Signature Harley-Davidson in Perrysburg, Ohio a special ceremony was set up by their marketing and social media dept, where they offered to host marriage ceremonies on 11-11-11 in the dealership, using the isle between the bikes as, well, The Isle!
The showroom was used for a similar ceremony in 2009 and they’ve been planning on repeating it ever since.
There were 11 couples signed up, and 4 took the leap. 3 of the couples were renewing their vowes among the chrome and pinstripes. One lucky bride and groom actually tied the knot.
The pairs, most casually dressed in pants and Harley-Davidson shirts, marched solemnly through the center of the store between rows of glistening motorcycles and past a few dozen relatives and friends.
“Good relationships never stop growing. Like good wine, they grow better with age,” Ms. Rodgers, the wedding pastor, told them, as she began the service. “Marriage is a precious gift.”
It was a short but unforgettable occasion for Julie Hogan and Bob Hayes, Jr., both 42, of Genoa, who said they decided to marry at the Harley store because they wanted to do something different. Accompanying them were their four children, aged between 5 and 16, all dressed in matching purple and black.
During the service, Mr. Hayes faltered when asked to say his vows, the emotion almost too much for him.
“It just came over me,” he said afterward. “I was between a laugh and a cry.”
Renewing their vows were Kathy and Russ Nino, of Northwood; Tracey and Brent Tobert, of Toledo, and Jill and Greg Litten, of Holland.
Mrs. Tobert said she asked her husband to take part because she thought it would be something fun and memorable, and because he loves Harley-Davidsons.
“I had to say, ‘Quit looking at the bikes!’ ” Mrs. Tobert, 42, said, smiling as she recounted the moment in the service when the couples were supposed to gaze into each other’s eyes.