This Had to Be One of the Highlights of Patrick Stewart’s Wedding Ceremony

You may have seen by now that Patrick Stewart married singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell a couple of weeks agoSir Ian McKellen was their officiant — but I hadn’t heard about this one part of their ceremony until now…

Sunny Ozell, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart (John von Pamer)

One of Stewart and Ozell’s favorite moments was when Ozell’s maid of honor, Jillian LaVinka (with whom Ozell waitressed at Brooklyn’s artisanal pizza staple, Franny’s), got up to do a reading. She had a large Bible in her hand, and the secular-leaning audience let out a heavy sigh. But in the middle of the Bible’s pages, LaVinka had pasted a sheet of selected lyrics from classic rock songs that she proceeded to read, including a bit from Sting’s “Englishman in New York.”

I want video of the looks on the guests’ faces when they saw LaVinka break out that Bible…

Congrats to the happy, secular couple :)


(Thanks to Scott for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Tainda

    Don’t forget Patrick Stewart is knighted as well!

    I <3 my Captain and happy for him!

    • flyb

      That’s SIR Captain.

  • LJinFLA

    I guess there is no hope for me with Patrick then, lol.

    • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

      We fans will just have to console ourselves with the fact that his new wife seems quite lovely and be happy for him. :)

  • Carly Sturgeon

    Yay! I really admire Patrick Stewart! I’ve only recently gotten back into Star Trek: TNG after several years of not watching it and (perhaps at the same time) discovered that it was based on humanism. I think ever since I started watching it for the first time, I just knew that I liked Stewart’s character in the show. I’m so happy for Patrick!

  • 3lemenope

    Sir Stewart is awesomesauce.

    • Green_Sapphire

      FYI: According to Debretts, the proper way to refer to him as a knight is ‘Sir Patrick’.

      You could use ‘Sir Patrick Stewart’ if introducing him or if discussing him and there is some other Sir Patrick so there is some ambiguity. But never Sir Stewart.

      For peers, which use the styling ‘Lord,’ the Lord goes before the surname, such as “Alfred, Lord Tennyson”. (Peers: duke/duchess, marquess/marchioness, earl/countess, viscount/vicountess, and baron/baroness)

  • more compost

    The proper form of address is either Sir Patrick Stewart, or Sir Patrick.

    • Spuddie

      Sir Awesomesauce?

      • more compost

        That will work.

  • cary_w

    Awesome!

    Speaking of weddings…..

    Rumor has it that Mr. Mehta himself recently got married in a beautiful secular ceremony, and I believe he may have even promised pictures and/or descriptions of said wedding to his many devoted followers. Perhaps “How to have an Awesome Secular Wedding” would be a good topic for an upcoming blog post? (Hint, hint…)

    • the moother

      As if!

    • onamission5

      I know! We were promised wedding picts weeks ago and no wedding picts have materialized. *pout*

      • KeithCollyer

        are wedding picts what you get at a Scottish wedding?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Soon! I haven’t even seen the pictures yet!

  • SalahuddinFarishta

    Recommend, or buy, Saving Bill Murray, by Joshua Lorenzo Newett, for you rreligious friends. It’s funny, antertaining and it has changed the way a few people I know believe….

  • JWH

    Did he say “I do” or “make it so?”

    • cary_w

      I think I would have refused to marry him unless he agreed to say “make it so”.

      • David McNerney

        “You shall not pass” might have been the appropriate form of refusal in this circumstance.

  • onamission5

    The ball pit pic is the best!

  • firefly_utu

    I hope he said ‘Make it so’ when asked if he was to take Sonny as his wife.

    • Lurker111

      Darn! You beat me to it! ;)

    • Thackerie

      I hope that, at least, he said “engage” when making his marriage proposal.

      • JuneAbend

        I hope he said “Engage!” at just the…ahem…appropriate moment on the honeymoon.

  • Brian

    I dont get why people would get so offended at the mere sight of a Bible. Yes, its a bunch of mythological nonsense, but it is still a book, and it DOES have some inspiration to be found within.

    • Lurker111

      Cuisine fatigue.

    • pRinzler

      1. I’m not sure a “heavy sigh” = “so offended.”

      2. That inspiration, though, is in competition with all the insanity that is in and has accompanied the Booble lo these many years; surely there are vastly superior sources of inspiration to draw on.

    • guest

      I agree, song of songs is pretty saucy.

  • carpinions

    When I think of the short list of all the Hollywood personalities/celebrities I could point my kids to and say “now there’s someone who not only lives life, but lives it rightly”, Patrick Stewart is always on it, and near the top. His activism, his vibrance, his charm…he is one of the few total packages as a person that I can think of in popular culture.


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