LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — They say only fools rush in, but these two clowns are pretty serious about each other.
Patty Kulwicki reeled Bill Tedeski in — literally, with a fishing pole — as the couple tied the knot Friday at Clownfest 2013, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reported.
The bit was one the Pittsburgh couple had performed two years ago at the same festival. When it won first place, Tedeski remembers jokingly suggesting they get married in a similar way.
But this ceremony was no joke — even if the rings were pulled out of a Crack Jack box.
"Clowning just means so much to him," Kulwicki said of Tedeski. "I couldn't think of anything that would make him happier."
Tedeski, who has performed as a clown for 41 years, wore a fake nose, black lipstick, and full clown regalia. Kulwicki wore a flaming red wig and a red dot on her nose, with a lace headband the lone accessory to the same gown she'd worn for the skit.
Tedeski said he's been married before, but Kulwicki is the first wife who has taken part in the clowning with him, and together they are a team. "We mesh so wonderfully," he said.
Guests got in on the act and so did the officiant, a fellow clown.
It was not the first nuptials for Kulwicki and Tedeski, but it was their first clown wedding.
"And the last!" Kulwicki said, laughing.