Northwest NEWS

July 5, 1999


Woodinville Fire Department saves day for rained-out wedding

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(Left to right) Deputy Chief Dominic Marzano, firefighters Gary Arnold and Jim Rogers, and Lt. Joe Mack were welcome guests at Marcie Overby's (center) wedding to Shane Shumaker.

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Marcie and Shane Shumaker, with her son Tré and his daughter Jessica, were all thankful to the fire department.

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--What do you do when your plans for an outdoor wedding get rained on? It helps to live near Clint Olson, recently-retired Woodinville Police Dept. duty sergeant.

   That's who Vickie Smith turned to when she reached her wits' end over how she would salvage the wedding she and husband Bart were hosting for their niece, Marcie Overby, and new husband Shane Shumaker on Friday, June 25.

   "Clint told me the fire department had a nice room that we might be able to use. He put me in touch with (Deputy Chief) Dominick Marzano, who made it very easy for us. He and department secretary Arlene Larson were so nice and helpful to us."

   But the tension didn't end there, said Smith. Many of the invited guests didn't get the word on the change of location. The minister showed up at 3 for the 4 p.m. ceremony. The groom didn't show up at Smith's house with the tuxedos for the wedding party until 3:40.

   "My niece was in quite a tizzy by then," said Smith. "Then the best man called and said he was stuck in Kirkland. He didn't arrive at our house to get his tux on until 3:50 p.m." Confusion over the location and time of the wedding also affected many of the guests.

   "The firemen were just great. They came in so we didn't have to have the wedding in front of a lot of empty seats," said Smith. The fire calls kept pulling them out, but then the firefighters would come back and take their seats again.

   As it turned, out the best man was late because he was arranging a surprise honeymoon for the couple. They hadn't planned on going anywhere, but when the wedding ended, a limousine pulled up and took them to the Seattle Sheraton for the night.

   The bride is the daughter of Ray and Debbie Taysom; the groom's parents are Joe and Nita Shumaker. The service was performed by Pastor Michael Fernandez of Washington Cathedral.

   "The families of the bride and groom want to thank the fire department very much," Smith said. They also appreciate the help given them by friends and neighbors who responded to the last-minute change in wedding plans.