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PcolaDawg
May 25, 2011, 02:44 PM
And I'm not talking shotguns either. :rolleyes:

I was the best man at my middle son's wedding last weekend and the wedding photographer (a female) asked all of the groomsmen to bring pistols and sunglasses to the photo shoot before the wedding.

No lie.

I haven't seen any of the 'official' photos with the handguns, but a few of the 'non-official' pictures taken by spectators have found their way onto facebook. Most who see the pictures and weren't there appear to be rather appalled by it.

Oh, and did I mention the wedding was in Alabama? :D

I'll try and post a pic or two once the 'official' photos are put on-line. And, believe it or not, it was actually a rather classy wedding all told.

Anyway, the guns represented were:

1. Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II
2. Smith 625 JM
3. Bersa Thunder 380CC
4. Ruger SR9 (two of these)
5. Taurus Judge

- I think a little Kel Tec P3AT also made an appearance.

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Rail Driver
May 25, 2011, 02:50 PM
I open carried my Colt 1911 at my mother's wedding in Michigan last year, it didn't feature in any photos however. It was a nice backyard ceremony with just the family and a few friends. Very nice.

hak
May 25, 2011, 03:49 PM
i've considered it, but the whole 'no concealed at house of worship' thing was a road block for me. I know you can speak to your own pastor/priest/rabbi/minister to get on their good side, but this was at a different church (not mine) - and with all of the family hugging and such, the usual "hug low" technique may have only worked on the first 100 hugs...

ErikO
May 25, 2011, 04:04 PM
Much like the BBQ Gun concept, this is outside my relm of experience.

PcolaDawg
May 25, 2011, 04:30 PM
I open carried my Colt 1911 at my mother's wedding in Michigan last year, it didn't feature in any photos however. It was a nice backyard ceremony with just the family and a few friends. Very nice.
Good for you.

PcolaDawg
May 25, 2011, 04:32 PM
i've considered it, but the whole 'no concealed at house of worship' thing was a road block for me. I know you can speak to your own pastor/priest/rabbi/minister to get on their good side, but this was at a different church (not mine) - and with all of the family hugging and such, the usual "hug low" technique may have only worked on the first 100 hugs...
Well, we were in church but we definitely were not concealing anything, that's for sure.

Woogeroo
May 25, 2011, 04:33 PM
That is awesome... if I ever get married I'm going to include that in the wedding invitation...

* please bring your favorite weapons to pose with.... *

Then, lock up 'em before the adult beverages are served!

*smirk*

-W

gdcpony
May 25, 2011, 04:34 PM
I carried my 1911 to my brother's wedding. My FIL carried to mine (go figure). I see nothing wrong with it. That is so long as the guns aren't the focus of the event. That might cause other issues.

NavyLCDR
May 25, 2011, 04:36 PM
I would have been open carrying my 1851 Colt, but my wedding was at the base chapel and I was in choker dress white uniform, so the government said I couldn't carry it.

Standing Wolf
May 25, 2011, 04:41 PM
My life's worth defending wherever I am, and so is everyone else's.

Bubbles
May 25, 2011, 04:41 PM
My husband and I tied the knot at the Fall, 2001 Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. Never mind "shotgun wedding", mine was belt-fed. :D

earlthegoat2
May 25, 2011, 05:04 PM
Ive considered giving my groomsmen NAA Minis as gifts for any potential wedding I have.

bluetopper
May 25, 2011, 06:31 PM
I've seen pics of a southern gospel quartet posing outside the church with their sidearms in hand.

PcolaDawg
May 25, 2011, 06:40 PM
I've seen pics of a southern gospel quartet posing outside the church with their sidearms in hand.
LOL! That was my quartet. I take it you were referring to this picture:
http://inlinethumb56.webshots.com/33015/2036180900044308318S600x600Q85.jpg

06
May 25, 2011, 06:50 PM
Someone not willing to help defend is not much of a friend--no matter where he is--church included. I know of about six at least who carry at our church. Guns are for "go" not show.

AlexanderA
May 25, 2011, 06:58 PM
I fail to see the connection between weapons and weddings. (Or between weapons and barbeques, for that matter.) Are you expecting to be attacked?

I'm been to traditional weddings in Greece at which guests bring out their shotguns and blast away into the air. And not using blanks. Same thing at Eastertime. Idiots.

hirundo82
May 25, 2011, 07:05 PM
I fail to see the connection between weapons and weddings. (Or between weapons and barbeques, for that matter.) Are you expecting to be attacked?

No, if I were expecting to be attacked I'd bring a rifle.

Bad things can happen at weddings, same as anywhere else. Unless there's a legal reason I can't carry, I'm armed.

SaxonPig
May 25, 2011, 07:39 PM
I guess it would be an interesting photo but I think I don't need guns worn at my wedding.

I've only been married once (20 years come July) and I gave my best man and all the groomsmen guns as presents for being in the wedding party. But they didn't bring them to the ceremony.

neolithic1
May 25, 2011, 09:09 PM
I had all my friends bring shotguns to my wedding. Made for some good photos, but it could take some digging for me to find them.

hirundo82
May 25, 2011, 09:28 PM
I've threatened to stand up at the altar with a shotgun at my brother's wedding. The bride would probably kick my ass, so I'll probably do it at the rehearsal instead. Just a pistol (concealed) for the actual ceremony.

VA27
May 25, 2011, 09:50 PM
Back in 1978 one of my brothers-in-law to be showed up at the wedding with a scoped rifle to "Make sure this thing goes off without a hitch!".

He's from Texas and the wedding was in Oklahoma, so it really wasn't that big of a deal.

Everybody got a laugh and I'm still married to her.

I miss that old goat. RIP, Hugh.

NavyLCDR
May 25, 2011, 10:03 PM
I fail to see the connection between weapons and weddings. (Or between weapons and barbeques, for that matter.) Are you expecting to be attacked?

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Bride-and-groom-shot-at-wedding/9e-uh51R80q_RdrviU0lCQ.cspx

I've threatened to stand up at the altar with a shotgun at my brother's wedding. The bride would probably kick my ass, so I'll probably do it at the rehearsal instead.

At my wedding rehearsal, when my lovely bride was ready to come up the aisle, I had the DJ play Miranda Lambert's "White Liar" instead of the wedding march! The result?

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/40544_1508767646610_1456903428_1308983_1135647_n.jpg

PcolaDawg
May 25, 2011, 11:14 PM
http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Bride-and-groom-shot-at-wedding/9e-uh51R80q_RdrviU0lCQ.cspx



At my wedding rehearsal, when my lovely bride was ready to come up the aisle, I had the DJ play Miranda Lambert's "White Liar" instead of the wedding march! The result?

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/40544_1508767646610_1456903428_1308983_1135647_n.jpg
lol. You look like you just got in some trouble.

jfrey
May 25, 2011, 11:28 PM
My oldest son got married a year and a half ago and during the ceremony, held at my mother-in-laws house,I had a .38 Spl. tucked inside my tux, as did the brides brother. Everyone figured before the wedding we were going to do something like that so we didn't let them down. The only person who wasn't amused by it was my nephew who is a devout liberal, socialist. We just ignore him anyway.

LibShooter
May 25, 2011, 11:34 PM
I fail to see the connection between weapons and weddings.

Wedding are fun. Guns are fun. BBQs are fun, too for that matter.

armedandsafe
May 25, 2011, 11:53 PM
As we walked up to face the minister, FirstInLine reached around and pulled my work gloves out of my hip pocket and tossed them on a chair. Then she reached to the other side and pulled my S&W out of the IWB and handed it to my best man. :D

Pops

AlexanderA
May 26, 2011, 12:35 AM
Weddings are fun. Guns are fun. BBQs are fun, too for that matter.

I've been collecting and shooting guns my entire adult life, and I've never considered them to be "fun." "Deadly serious" would be a more apt description. There is a feeling of "satisfaction" when you fill a hole in the collection, or score a bullseye, but that still isn't "fun" in the silly, giggling sense.

Weddings can be fun. Bearing in mind, however, that a third or more of all marriages end in divorce, a seriousness of purpose is also required. I've been married for nearly 33 years, and I can tell you that the last thing I would have wanted at my wedding would be a bunch of rowdies with guns. As it was, there were enough rowdies there without guns to cause me problems. Hint: serious drinking goes on at weddings.

Having grown up in Texas, I realize that BBQs are fun (especially the political kind). I remember attending a political BBQ in Giddings in 1964, honoring Gov. Connally. Considering that he still had his arm in a sling from the assassination, someone showing up with a gun would have been totally unacceptable (and, in the case of a handgun, illegal). If I went to a BBQ these days (where beer is copiously consumed), the open carrying of weapons would make me extremely uncomfortable (and the open carrying of handguns is still illegal in Texas).

Sanity, folks! As it is, the anti-gunners love to portray us gun owners as yahoos. Let's not give them any more grist for their mill.

LibShooter
May 26, 2011, 01:00 AM
As it is, the anti-gunners love to portray us gun owners as yahoos. Let's not give them any more grist for their mill.

If we let the "antis" take the fun out of guns, then they've won.

I was out in the woods a while back shooting full cans of soda. One shot sent a can of Pepsi flying and spewing. Then in a really lucky shot I hit it again while it was in the air. That was "fun" in the silly, giggling sense.

IlikeSA
May 26, 2011, 01:05 AM
When a good friend of mine got married, he, his brother, and I all carried. We were all in LE and it was an unspoken, but each of us knew.

I believe the origin of the best man was to protect the groom from harm, and settle anything that may interfere with the wedding. Of course, we don't really do that today, but what is wrong to observing tradition, particularly with weddings?

NavyLCDR
May 26, 2011, 09:41 AM
Sanity, folks! As it is, the anti-gunners love to portray us gun owners as yahoos. Let's not give them any more grist for their mill.

There are several groups of people that I refuse to allow to affect how I live my life or affect my lawful behavior: cops, "terrorists", and anti-gunners.

If the cops don't like it when I open carry - too bad, it's legal and they can deal with it.

If I am a bigger target because I wear my uniform when on official travel - so be it, I feel we need more uniformed presence in places like airports to build patriotism.

If the anti-gunners are going to wet themselves over guns being carried at a wedding, then they don't have to attend.

PcolaDawg
May 26, 2011, 10:21 AM
Weddings can be fun. Bearing in mind, however, that a third or more of all marriages end in divorce, a seriousness of purpose is also required. I've been married for nearly 33 years, and I can tell you that the last thing I would have wanted at my wedding would be a bunch of rowdies with guns. As it was, there were enough rowdies there without guns to cause me problems. Hint: serious drinking goes on at weddings.
This was a completely dry wedding, for what it's worth. The groom and the bride don't drink, and no one in my family drinks. So there wasn't so much as a can of beer to be found, and all of the toasts were with ginger ale.

As to 'seriousness of purpose' at the wedding, well sure. Taking those vows are a serious commitment. But weddings are very much a celebration in my family as well. I've been married 26 years, my brother's been married 28, one sister has been married 27, and another sister has been married for 25. My parents are still married after 50 years and my in-laws are still married after 50 years. Fortunately, divorce has yet to touch anyone in my family. So we consider weddings to be a fun celebration.

Same with guns. Guns have to be taken very, very seriously. But guns are also seriously fun. We have a blast (no pun intended) shooting guns of all kinds, at all kinds of targets. I think driving my car is fun, but statistics show that driving is MUCH more dangerous than all of my guns put together. I still think it's fun to drive, though.

I'm not going to do something irresponsible with my guns, just because I think they're 'fun'. At the same time, I'm not going to get so paranoid about anti-gun freaks that it sucks all the fun out of my enjoyment of firearms.

stevereno1
May 26, 2011, 10:44 AM
No, guns are fun.

achttung
May 26, 2011, 11:12 AM
Heres the thing with guns and alcohol. If you're carrying a gun, dont drink TOO MUCH alcohol. (not saying you can't have a couple)
Beyond that, I see no problem with guns at wedding celebrations and whatnot.

Just like everything else in the world, it takes some common sense, and self control. Simple as that.

axxxel
May 26, 2011, 11:27 AM
I think we can all agree that handling firearms while under the influence of alcohol is a bad thing that gets worse with the increase of influence.

Wether or not guns are appropriate at weddings or not is simply a function of the presence of alcohol at the wedding and within the holder of the guns.

I don't think I'd be comfortable having more than two beers (probably not even that) while armed. It's not just that I want to be sure I don't do anything stupid, but that I want to make sure that I can keep drunker people around me from making the situation more dangerous due to the gun. A whole lot of "what if?s" occur when people are intoxicated.

gym
May 26, 2011, 07:21 PM
I wore a tux and a seacamp. It's a good place to be robbed at a wedding reception. And it would not be the first time someone tried to take off with the wedding cash. Thieves know where the catering halls, and wedding receptions are also. Sometimes there is a big bag of cash sitting there, why would that be suprising?

InkEd
May 26, 2011, 07:35 PM
I had my LCP for CCW at my own wedding back in September. No one saw it. Believe one of my groomsmen was carrying his 442. The usher had an LCP as well. All carried concealed. Very good chance others in attendance were armed too. It was a nice wedding and we didn't do any cheesy "look at us being funny" pictures. I cannot stand staged photos of people trying to be witty.

Hypnogator
May 26, 2011, 11:05 PM
Well, yesterday I was the photographer at my niece's wedding, with my Walther PPS snugly under my shirt at 10 O'clock. Nobody noticed, including a couple of local officers who were also in attendance. :D

jfrey
May 27, 2011, 12:22 AM
I will agree that irresponsible handling of guns is dangerous, BUT I have had a lot of fun with my guns. Putting 3 rounds through the same hole at 100 yds. is a lot of fun. Invisioning the face of some one I don't like on a skeet bird and powdering it is a lot of fun. Putting 20 rounds through a nickel size hole with a .22 pistol at 15 yds, is very satisfying and a lot of fun.

I guess it is all in your perspective of what is fun.

BTW you can carry openly in Texas as long as you do it on your own land. Otherwise it has to be concealed and you have to have a license.

Sebastian the Ibis
May 27, 2011, 04:24 PM
My life's worth defending wherever I am, and so is everyone else's.

So why did you let him get married?:p

MtnSpur
May 27, 2011, 05:08 PM
BTW you can carry openly in Texas as long as you do it on your own land. Otherwise it has to be concealed and you have to have a license.

It's grand to be able to do BOTH. Some nasty slitherin snakes inhabit West Texas and when roaming my land I like to dispatch em if the need arises.

Gotta love Alaska though, they got a 0 rating from the Brady folks and Texas got a whoping 6 :what:

Mtn

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