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!)

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  • Tainda

    Don’t forget Patrick Stewart is knighted as well!

    I <3 my Captain and happy for him!

  • LJinFLA

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

  • 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.

  • more compost

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

  • cary_w


    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…)

  • GloomCookie613

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

  • 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….

  • Spuddie

    Sir Awesomesauce?

  • the moother

    As if!

  • JWH

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

  • onamission5

    The ball pit pic is the best!

  • onamission5

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

  • cary_w

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

  • flyb

    That’s SIR Captain.

  • more compost

    That will work.

  • David McNerney

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • JuneAbend

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

  • 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.

  • Hemant Mehta

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

  • 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)

  • KeithCollyer

    are wedding picts what you get at a Scottish wedding?