Skip to comments.Bride and Groom Married in 'Redneck' Wedding
Posted on 04/30/2012 7:07:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Camo-clad couple exchange vows
Love and mud were in the air Saturday afternoon in Putnam County.
St. Johns County resident Kodie Umphenour, 24, and Interlachen native Carina Pasco, 31, were married just after 1 p.m. in the same Hog Waller Mud Bog & ATV mud pit where he proposed to her one year ago.
The county-crossed lovers met on a dating site a little more than a year ago, finding they shared a common passion: mud-bogging.
Hell do anything for anybody, Umphenours best man, Stephan Doty, said before the wedding, with the grooms sister, Autumn Umphenour, with him on a four-wheeler in the ceremonys precession. He doesnt know a stranger.
To the Umphenours and many among the more than 1,000 onlookers Saturday, the word redneck bears neither shame nor negativity.
I loved it, said the grooms cousin, 14-year-old Micaila Smith, of the ceremony. Our side of the family are all rednecks, so were right at home here.
The new couple sent out invitations asking people to attend Our Big Ol Muddy Redneck Wedding.
Longtime friend of Kodie Umphenour, Gerald Drozdowski Jr. smiled as the groom scooped up his new bride for family photos.
Thats a good kid right there, Drozdowski said of Kodie. Hes as redneck as they come, and he is a work horse. If it were my daughter he married, Id be proud.
Wedding guests and independent mud-boggers alike laughed and threw globs of wet dirt at one another before the nuptials. But the start of the wedding brought a near hush over the large crowd, some members of which folded their hands and smiled while watching the event.
As requested by a pre-wedding broadcast over the parks loudspeaker, not one engine was revved during the ceremony.
But as applause broke and the bride descended a metal ladder in her camouflage print wedding gown, a symphony of motors cheered the union.
In a trailer about 40 yards away from the pit in which her son married minutes before, Lisa Umphenour showed off a pastoral-themed, triple-tiered wedding cake and two drinking glasses her new daughter-in-law designed.
She said the couple is far along the learning curve of parenthood.
She has four kids and he has two, so were calling them the Brady Bunch, Lisa Umphenour said.
The brides friend of 10 years and official wedding photographer, Candace Weaver, said Carina made a good choice marrying Kodie.
Ive seen a few of the guys shes dated ... much better, she said of the groom. They go so well together, and they both love it out here. I call them to come out to the beach. And they cant because theyre always here; you can see they love each other.
Drozdowski said he did his part in steering his friend toward a relationship with his new bride.
Some of the girls he was with I told him to turn around and run, he said. And he turned around and ran, and now he found a good one.
The brides sister and newly ordained minister Angie Pasco officiated the ceremony, asking Kodie and Carina to promise they would remain true to one another through blown head gaskets, worn-out gears and through big mud holes.
None of the vows worried the groom, who works with Carina for his parents Lisa Umphenour and Gene Riley at Specialty Auto Parts, the familys salvage yard in St. Johns County.
One of Kodie Umphenours first tasks after Saturdays Hog Waller reception and a hopefully restful Sunday is fixing his mothers purple pickup truck, which got buried deep in the muck after the wedding when a part broke.
It was yanked out by a monster truck on scene.
Ive got to get back to work Monday, he said. This is our honeymoon.
On the mud-caked, knocking and rattling truck carrying the family from the pit to the reception tent above, Austin Downing, 13, embraced the grooms son, 6-year-old Kodie Umphenour Jr., who held his ears from the sound of revving engines.
Micaila, her arm around a younger cousin, diagnosed the trucks problem as a broken axle. Outside the tent, the groom agreed, adding that depending on the angle of impact, the trucks transmission and drive shaft might also need fixing.
I go to work and work on cars, and I go home and do the same thing, the groom said. [Carina] gets mad at me sometimes, but this is what we enjoy. Ive got seven four-wheelers and four mud trucks at home.
Joe Pasco said that as a child, his daughter hated to get dirty.
I asked her about it as we rode up, he said of the trip to the altar atop the monster truck. I said How did you go from that to getting married in a mud pit? She said, Oh, Dad, I outgrew that.
Riley said his son chose a bride who is a perfect fit for the family.
He couldnt have picked a better girl, Riley said. And Im proud they actually got married out there. A lot of people talk about doing it, but they did it.
Kodie Umphenour helps the new Mrs. Carina Umphenour down a ladder from a platform on which they were married Saturday. The wedding was held in the mud pit of Putnam County's Hog Waller Mud Bog & ATV.
They are having fun, they are happy, their marriage will probably last ten times longer than most country-club weddings. Don’t knock them.
I attended a relative's wedding a few years back that still has me scratching my head. My family and I were treated like gate-crashers; we decided later that the "other side" thought we were too redneck for them. Yet they more than amply demonstrated that money cannot buy class. The only friendly, welcoming people there were the catering staff.
I'd prefer to go to a mud-bogging wedding any time, if it means being treated as a welcomed guest.
Yep. I’ve been to a few weddings in my day, family, friends, my own... Without exception the funnest, most memorable have been those that tended towards the more casual. Focus on the sacrament, then just have some laughs. The ones that tended towards the more pretentious and upscale...way too up tight.
My son got married at the county courthouse and had the reception in our horse barn. A good time was had by all, including the horses.
I've seen lots of friends, family and acquaintances get married over the years. One thing I observed, the more they spend on the wedding the sooner they are going to get divorced.
Cute couple....best of luck to them.
Entertainment royalty like the Kardashians excepted, I suppose ...
Good for them and the full house they will have together.The got hitched in a mudbog? I love it.I wish them the very best.
dunno about “their marriage will probably last ten times longer” — it may, but the main thing as you point out is that they had fun and are happy. The wedding day is about God joining man and woman. That’s all that matters. God bless this couple
I’d say a women that’s comfortable getting in the mud for her wedding is a keeper.
A good indication of a “formal” wedding is that the shotgun is painted white.
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