By John Coffelt, Staff Writer
In the cool shade of theManchestergreenway where theDuckRiverflanks the path, two Bonnaroo goers exchanged wedding vows Thursday afternoon with Mayor Betty Superstein presiding over the ceremony.
The bride Jamie Everett, originally from Havre de Grace, Md., and Tommy Bellamy, of Clarksville, chose to have a Bonnaroo wedding at the unlikely suggestion of Everett’s mother, Sharon Lubag of Havre de Grace.
“Bonnaroo is one of our favorite places,” Bellamy said. “We wanted to have it on the festival grounds, but it seemed to work a little bit better to have it [on the greenway].”
“We had planned something for August,”Everettsaid, but [decided] we’re getting married at Bonnaroo.”
Lubag said that the marriage should be a chance to get away rather than something that added more stress to the couple’s already hectic schedule.
Seeing the difficulty they were having planning a ceremony, Lubag suggested inviting friends and family to the festival and having the wedding at the place they love.
After ensuring that her mother would brave the heat and crowds of Bonnaroo, plans were finalized.
“And here we are,” said Lubag. “It’s okay – just kind of different.”
Ken Pasley, the bride’s uncle also from Havre de Grace, stood in for the bride’s late father to give her away.
“This is the way a wedding should be done,” he said. “The financial burden wasn’t there, and she’s not about that. It’s about what she wants to do.
“She’s not stressed at all.”
The ceremony was held atFredDeadmanPark, just upstream from theWoodlandStreetBridge.
The bride emerged from a stretched Hummer limousine, her auburn locks bright in the evening sun, with her bridesmaids dressed in purple.
The groom waited in a white suit with brown vest as a mutual friend, Tim Lynch, leader of the Clarksville American soul band bearing his name, provided acoustic accompaniment for the ceremony.
Following the ceremony the couple danced barefoot in the grass for two songs, before inviting everyone to the reception near the Farris wheel at Bonnaroo.
“This is a wonderful memory that they will have forever,” Lynch said.
Superstein said that she has married a few couples, but that this was her first Bonnaroo wedding.