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In the market for love
Local couple weds in candy aisle at Kroger
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Friday, November 01, 2013 11:00 AM
Mark Calvert, right, officiates the wedding of his great-niece Ashley Trader and David Lemmon on Thursday as a shopper strolls past them in the candy aisle of the Kroger store in Madison. The two celebrated a Halloween wedding in the tradition of Trader’s grandparents. Calvert, who is an associate pastor at River Valley Community Church also works as the assistant manager in the Kroger meat department. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
It's every bride-to-be's dream to one day walk down the aisle and meet her future husband.
For Ashley Trader, on Thursday afternoon, it was the candy aisle inside Madison's Kroger.
Trader, 25, and her husband, David Lemmon, 25, exchanged vows in the middle of the store as gazing shoppers passed by, fulfilling the couple's wish to have a Halloween ceremony.
The bride wore a dark witch outfit and had fake blood smeared on her face, while the groom displayed a gruesome, homemade wound to his right cheek.
Their two children, Alexis, 4, and Payton, 2, circled around the couple during the ceremony while wearing witch costumes of their own.
As the officiant had the couple exchange rings, they slipped on plastic eyeball rings and the ceremonial first toast was an ice cream witch's brew.
The Halloween wedding is somewhat of a family tradition for Trader. Martha LeGrand, Trader's grandmother, was married on Halloween. So when Trader and Lemmon were engaged 18 months ago after two years of dating, the special October holiday stuck out on their calendars.
The Kroger connection came much later.
"We always wanted to do something on Halloween, but we never really had anything set in stone until maybe the last two weeks," Trader said.
Kroger was selected as the site because the officiant, Trader's great-uncle Mark Calvert, works in the store's meat department and is a local pastor. Also, the groom had a shift at work an hour after the ceremony.
"All my family, at one time or another, has worked at this store," Trader added.
Calvert was on board with the ceremony immediately, adding that it was one of the "strangest but most memorable" weddings he's ever officiated.
Trader and Lemmon have another ceremony planned next year that will include invites for the entire family and likely will not feature many witches, ghouls - or grocery shoppers in the background.
"That will be more traditional," Trader said.
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