15 July 2008

Proud to Be a Georgian

This lovely local wedding has been making the rounds this weekend. Be sure to check out the slideshow at the end of the article.

Scattered, Smothered, Covered and Hitched
Couple marries at Waffle House

By Alex P. Joyner
Staff Writer

DACULA — As the famous twang of Hank Williams Jr. blasted from an SUV stereo Friday afternoon, about 30 folks socialized, sipped soda and puffed on cigarettes.

No, this wasn't a Fourth of July backyard barbecue. It was the run-up to a wedding.

In a Waffle House parking lot.

The lucky couple, George "Bubba" Mathis and Pamela Christian — both 23 and employees at the Dacula diner located at the Ga. Highway 316/U.S. Highway 29 interchange — wouldn't have it any other way.

"I don't know, it's something different," Mathis said while fixing his tie prior to the ceremony.

For years, the couple tried to marry on their Independence Day anniversary. But the bride was always scheduled to work. Instead of waiting any longer — she got the day off at the last minute; Mathis had to report for the morning shift — the couple of nine years decided to seal the deal at work.

The result was what a NASCAR tailgate might be like if Hank Jr. himself stopped by with all his rowdy friends: Loud and proud — country music, storytelling and plenty of Dale Earnhardt paraphernalia — and not an iota of pretentiousness.

Shortly after exchanging vows under the shade of a tree next to the parking lot, both man and wife let out sighs of relief as they picked up their two little blonde girls and chatted with family and friends. But there was not time to relax — the wedding cake had to be cut inside.

"It's been crazy, madness," the bride said. "Finally, everything worked out."

Standing nearby, the father of the newly minted Mrs. Pamela Mathis, William Christopher, wondered if anyone had videotaped the ceremony. He wants to send it in to CMT.

"I think it's pretty redneck myself," he said, laughing. "But I'm a redneck anyway, so."

The couple plans to honeymoon Monday and Tuesday, but then it's back to work.

The destination?

"I don't know yet," Mathis said.

As Countess DeLave (The Women) would say, “L'amour, l'amour.”

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At 7/15/2008 10:40:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Oh my. Well, if I ever get married it's going to be at IHOP. I'm much classier than these people. But the picture of the bride having her ciggie lit is photographic genius. I wonder if there's one of the groom and all his groomsmen with tobacco juice running down their chins?

At 7/15/2008 10:44:00 AM, Blogger Splotchy said...

Better a Waffle House than an IHOP.

I love that picture of the bride lighting up. Something really powerful behind that pic, I dunno.

At 7/15/2008 02:36:00 PM, Blogger Mathman6293 said...

Were there grits? I love waffle house grits - a fountain of them.

At 7/15/2008 04:31:00 PM, Blogger Red said...

There are so many things in this story that make this Jersey girl cringe, but you _ROCK_ for quoting _The Women_! Among other reasons.

At 7/15/2008 04:39:00 PM, Blogger Keeper Of All Things said...

Snnnnniff......ahhhhhh summertime!!!
You can smell the redneck in the air.......

At 7/15/2008 05:17:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BECKEYE: No, but there's a shot of the boys in their white shoes.

SPLOTCHY: Her dedication to lighting that ciggie demonstrates her desire to make this long-postponed marriage work. Or her great love of Skynyrd.

MATHMAN6293: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Grits. With lots of butter.

RED: The Women is one of the great movies ever. I'm dreading this fall's remake.

KEEPER OF ALL THINGS: Grease and ciggies and Carling Black Label.

At 7/15/2008 05:40:00 PM, Blogger barista brat said...

omg - i'm dreading the remake of 'the women' as well (did you see the horrendous remake they did years back that included *gasp* men?!? in fact i think one of those men was leslie nielson)
i sent you an email the other day - not sure if you got it.
miss you big time!

At 7/15/2008 05:57:00 PM, Blogger SkylersDad said...

Nice big arm flab on that there filly! Good breeding stock if ya ask me!

At 7/15/2008 06:36:00 PM, Anonymous filegod1 said...

After the wedding, the groom entertained everyone with his Banjo, and Ned Beatty was ass-raped once again. I am so proud to say I was raised in Georgia.

At 7/15/2008 08:20:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Holy crap, do I love that cigarette picture.

And this idea.

At 7/15/2008 08:29:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BARISTA BRAT: I got your e-mail; I just have too much to write to reply at the moment. Watch your inbox this week.

SKYLER'S DAD: And arm flab is bad because ...?

FILEGOD1: You and your ass-raping. It's great to be a Georgia, isn't it? Too bad you're not a native like I am.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: Makes you wanna pop the question, doesn't it? If you invite me, I'll bring the ciggies.

At 7/15/2008 08:58:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am all verklempft at the sight of those Christian t-shirts. If I ever get married again, I want to see some of those at my wedding.

This was a thing of unsurpassed beauty.

At 7/15/2008 09:13:00 PM, Blogger Mix Tape Girl said...

Wow. That's interesting. I wonder if they got free waffles at least. Oh and AD and I gave you an awards at our blog. Come pick it up, it's getting heavy.

At 7/15/2008 10:41:00 PM, Blogger Pagan Sphinx said...

I was an IHOP girl in my late teens and I'm not even a redneck. I guess that doesn't count. But I did learn to carry 12 water glasses without a tray. I can't explain it. I would have to demonstrate. IF I could still pull it off. Don't try it at home.

At 7/16/2008 12:44:00 AM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Oh, man. The glamour is killing me.

Where are the Barbie Bandits when you really want them?

At 7/16/2008 01:13:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I love living in the south.

At 7/16/2008 06:56:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Know said...

How.. err.. colorful. Considering that the Waffle House owners are ardent BushCo supporters, not surprising.

Why does the dude have that look of, "Oh hell, the jig is up."

And what the hell is a grit?
(Besides an abrasive particle often glued to a paper backing.)

At 7/16/2008 11:05:00 AM, Blogger coffeypot said...

So sweet! I had tears and sobs. She is so beautiful and - unusual for a WH waitress - she has all her front teeth. Believe me, I should know by my twenty years of eating at the WH almost daily.

At 7/16/2008 02:28:00 PM, Blogger Bubs said...

Thank you for posting this. THis is so beautiful. I've begun gathering stories about Waffle Houses all over the country--the Google News alerts are awesome.

At 7/16/2008 02:43:00 PM, Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

I tried, in vain, to get my bride to marry me at my waffle house.

She won't even go there and eat with me except on my birthday.

I guess I should have accepted one of the eleventy proposals I've gotten from the waffle house girls over the years.

At 7/16/2008 03:43:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BARBARA BRUEDERLIN: The Father, Forgive Them T-shirt says it all, doesn’t it?

MIX TAPE GIRL: Hell, yeah, them thar waffles was free. As was the Skynyrd blarin’ from the jukebox. (And thanks for the honor!)

PAGAN SPHINX: Color me impressed!

ERIK DONALD FRANCE: We have quite the classy population here in the metro Atlanta area, don’t we? CNN is spreading all our secrets!

DR. MONKEY: It is damn fabulous and entertaining, isn’t it? Flannery O’Connor would have loved this.

At 7/16/2008 03:43:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DR. KNOW: A grit is a lovely thing — especially when it’s swimming in melted butter, or fluffed up with lots of melted cheese.

COFFEYPOT: Nothing like waffles and ciggies to celebrate, is there?

BUBS: Waffle House Google alerts: I admire and respect you more and more, Bubs.

KEITH KENNEDY: Girl won’t WH? Hmmmmm; I’m rethinking the perfect match.

At 7/16/2008 04:08:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

That's funny! Waffles, ain't they them Belchin' pancakes?

At 7/16/2008 07:52:00 PM, Blogger lulu said...

What ever happened to a good old fashioned covered dish supper in the church basement? A wedding just isn't a wedding without tuna noodle hotdish.

At 7/16/2008 07:54:00 PM, Blogger Mountjoy said...

I think I see Joe Dirt on the guest list...

At 7/17/2008 12:16:00 PM, Blogger Falwless said...

Oh dear god this story and these pictures give me much joy. I am late to this blog party, but I'm sticking around! Thanks for visiting my blog. You've been rickrolled. Blogrolled, I mean! Blogrolled.

At 7/17/2008 01:29:00 PM, Blogger Bombchell said...

hmm I want Landmark Diner!!! i know hoity toity & to boughie lol.

good gosh Goergia!!! tsk tsk lol @ DR KNOW's choice of words "colorful" lol

waffles & rings!! I'll pass, I'm also not into the whole put he ring in my food so can choke engagement scenario.

pretty cool post

At 7/17/2008 01:46:00 PM, Blogger David Amulet said...

Maybe this will spark a new trend. I can't wait to see the ceremonies at the local IHOP.

At 7/21/2008 09:47:00 PM, Blogger Cormac Brown said...


Isn't that missing an "r?"

That is romantic, though hopefully they weren't too full or sticky to enjoy their honeymoon.

At 7/27/2008 06:15:00 PM, Blogger Katie Schwartz said...

coffeecake, this is too camp for words. I'd be proud, too. their wedding is the kind I'd love to attend.

At 7/28/2008 02:22:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

I'm going to forward this to Honeypot and by forward it, I mean print it out, put it in the neck of a bottle, set it on fire and lob it.

At 8/01/2008 01:35:00 AM, Blogger Dayle said...

Um...oh my gosh. I am not even sure what to say. Oh my gosh. Although I do have an affection for Waffle House so...um...oh my gosh.

At 8/01/2008 02:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the time a couple got married at the tailgate before the UGA vs. Georgia Tech football game. The bride of course wore red, and the bridesmaids wore UGA cheerleader outfits.


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