PINE RIVER – It’s not your average wedding.
Monster trucks, mud and a pig roast made the day complete for a couple in Pine River.
Saturday’s celebration amounted to epic proportions.
Bride Charney Kappell called it “a mud truck, redneck wedding!”
Dozens of monster trucks rolled in from all over.
“We got all of our friends to come out,” explained Kappell.
Even those who have never been in a ride quite so high off the ground showed up.
“We really thought it was going to be quite the spectacle,” said Angie Cameruci of Martin, Michigan.
Hundreds of well-wishers were on hand to see two hard core “mudders,” Kappell and Ron Kuusisto Jr., marry.
“It’s just fun. It’s a family oriented sport. It’s a good time,” said Kuusisto, Jr., in explaining the couple’s hobby.
Kuusisto’s 12-year-old son agrees.
“I’ve been mudding for seven years. First time I went mudding I was in a car seat,” said Ron Kuusisto III.
The ceremony included traditional elements. Members of the wedding party donned formal wear. And the bride’s son, a Marine corporal based in Hawaii, gave her away.
“I was slightly surprised, but not completely. They both love all this, so. Just seems right,” said Cpl. Cal King.
The bride’s daughter, a Navy sailor, was the maid of honor.
After the bride and groom sealed the marriage with a kiss, engines roared!
“We’re hoping to participate!” said Cameruci, who has never mudded before.
The entire wedding party rolled out in their mud trucks to get down and dirty.
“People pay to see this kind of thing,” commented King.
“I scream the whole way, I even close my eyes and look away, but not such a good thing when I’m driving,” said Kappell.
It was a wild ride that won’t soon be forgotten.
“This is just so much more fun, it’s a festival, a celebration of love and why not do it up right?” said Cameruci.
The daylong mud truck redneck wedding also featured games, dancing and music.