FF bride swept away in hayrackPublished 11:09am Monday, October 24, 2011
When Cassie Schmidt put her father, Gary, in charge of transportation from the church to the wedding reception, she expected him to think outside the box.
She was disappointed when he suggested a local limo service.
“‘Really, Dad? You can’t be more creative than that?’ she said when I told her about the limo,” Gary said. “Then she asked what me and her mom had done.”
Well, 28 years ago when he and his wife, Joanie, were married, they rode a hayrack to the reception.
A farmer at the time, Gary thought it the perfect ride. Joanie, however, was hesitant. Still, being good-natured, she included the rest of the wedding party and rode in unique style to her reception.
When Cassie heard about the hayride, she agreed it was the way she wanted to go, too.
Gary quickly delegated the decorating to a niece and nephew, who decided to decorate the trailer in a construction theme, taking their cue from the couple’s occupation.
Cassie and Matt Koon, the bride and groom, work for a large construction company — in fact, following their wedding, they will be heading to Newfoundland to work on the construction of a refinery — and the decorating committee decided a building theme was in order.
Although Gary was hoping to use his father’s antique tractor to pull the rack, his brother, current owner of the vehicle was unable to get it painted over the summer, so Cassie’s Toyota pickup was used instead.