Weddings used to mostly take place in churches, but these days they happen all over the place—courthouses, parks, gardens, little chapels in Vegas with Elvis as a witness. While we were all busy gorging ourselves on turkey and green bean casserole over the weekend, one Georgia couple got married in a place you’d never expect.
Charles Larry Tinson and his new wife, Mary, tied the knot in the middle of a grocery store in Albany, Georgia.
According to ABC 7, Tinson ran to Harvey’s grocery store four years ago for some last-minute cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner. While searching the aisles, he bumped into an old friend he hadn’t seen in years. Recalled Mary, “I heard someone say ‘Hey, girl,’ and I turned around and said ‘Oh my God, Larry? I haven’t seen you in over 20-something years.”
Mary and Larry’s chance run-in at the grocery store led to a relationship.
And four years later they decided to seal the deal with an aisle 3 wedding. Decked out in a fancy tux and white dress, Mary and Larry held a full wedding with 70 guests right there in the middle of Harvey’s. Their wedding photos, shared all over the damn place on Twitter, even feature them clutching cans of cranberry sauce like kids in a science fair showing off their first-place ribbons.
Of course, some people on Twitter couldn’t resist making fun of the quirky nuptials.
It’s definitely not a wedding idea you’ll see on Pinterest anytime soon, but it was a special moment for the Tinsons, and that’s all that counts.
These days, people get married in tie-dyed dresses, at TJ Maxx, or all the way down at the bottom of the sea. Weddings are less about tradition, and more about representing the couple who are hosting the ceremony. If that means saying “I do” on the canned foods aisle, well, you do you. At least everyone at Harvey’s that day walked away with a good story and, yes, some free cranberry sauce as a wedding favor.