It was a pleasure to be in the know with Ben Henderson and his Secret New Years Wedding Prank last week. His entire family was in town for the wedding set for Friday, January 3rd. But somewhere in the midst of all the wedding planning, ideas changed and grew a life of their own as the couple secretly conspired against their friends and family..
I got to their house just in time to get in the limos taking a small group of 20 of us to a secret location. It was Tuesday afternoon, New Years Eve and everyone was under the impression that they were headed to a wedding rehearsal dinner and New Years Party. Through a comedy of errors in the next few hours in an effort to keep everything a secret (so many things going wrong, so many going right), just before midnight it all pulled together somehow and the shocked family watched as Maria walked down the aisle (with her father who had found out 5 minutes prior) to meet her beau at the alter. Ben was glowing, smiling ear to ear; you’d think he just won the UFC title or something! The ceremony progressed and just after midnight, John Crouch who was officiating said, “By the power vested in me by the State of Arizona, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may kiss your bride!” To which we all erupted in cheers! And then, “I now present to you, for the very first time, Mr. & Mrs. Henderson!”
The only fireworks we saw that night were the sparklers we had brought to welcome the new couple into the new year; they were the best fireworks the family had ever seen..
On Friday, the original event went as planned except instead of getting married at The Venue of Scottsdale, they played the wedding video from their secret rendezvous on NYE. As John Crouch announced, “I now pronounce you man and wife” in the video, the crowd of 300 friends, family, and the MMA Lab fight team exploded into cheers and whistles!
Congrats to the first married couple of 2014!
Check out a very small selection of the photos below from both nights!