Thursday, September 17, 2009
Assembly- Line Nuptials Celebrated Across Denmark via TV & Newspaper
It almost sounds like a tall tale. Why would a Wisconsin couple choose to walk down the aisle of a production line in a 156-year old Morsø cast-iron wood stove factory to unite in marriage?
According to the newlyweds, “it was a place that mattered to us, with the best people in the world, and the right place to make this important commitment to each other.” This former iron foundry and regal Scandinavian wood stove purveyor sparked deep sentiment within Ernest because it represents his life-long passion, which he now shares with the love-of-his-life Debra.
Ernest established the Great American Chimney & Masonry on 1902 S. Stoughton Road in Madison in 1977 and Debra joined as office manager two years ago. Originally, when Ernest got down on his knee and proposed to Debra, the Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. However, when Morsø invited the couple to Denmark, as part of a Dealer Week trip that recognized top performing Morsø dealerships, the idea of a traditional Danish wedding seemed very right.
Morsø US President Craig Shankster smiles when he recalls Ernest and Debra’s unusual request, “I’m frequently asked by dealer to make special arrangement, but it typically has to do with wood stove orders - nothing as personal as a wedding”.
Shankster discussed the wedding ceremony request with Morsø Denmark leadership and was pleased to hear welcome approval of an American wedding at Morsø on the Isle of Mors on August 27th.
Debra explains that she and Ernest felt passionately that their wedding and marriage was a significant milestone that need to be remarkable. As cancer survivors, they really understood the importance of living every day to its fullest potential.
While viewers of the TV news story - http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/indhold/amerikansk-par-gift-paa-fabrik-paa-mors - watched a lovely mature wedding service, the Morsø employees and dealers reveled in delight as this extraordinary couple embraced the future together with laughter and joy by walking down production line #4 as husband and wife.
Both Debra and Ernest gush with pride when describing the magic of their traditional Danish wedding, which included hopping over a horseshoe decorated with Chrysanthemum flowers, taking a ride around Nykøbing Mors in a 1950’s Ford chauffeured by a local gentleman in a Derby cap, and watching Ernest be tipped upside down while having the toe of his sock cut out. A particularly special wedding gift bestowed on this Great American Chimney couple, was the honor of building their very own Morsø 2B classic cast-iron wood stove to be installed in their home as a lasting reminder of their nuptial promises. With a hint of emotion in her voice, Debra declares - “I can truly say that fairy tale weddings really do happen”.