The bride wore white, the groom wore a souvenir Corvette necktie.
Of course he did.
Mike Green and his bride, Amy, came to Bowling Green from Tyler, Texas, on Monday for the wedding of their dreams in a sacred setting.
Retired pastor Joe Timberlake officiated, his words echoing as he quoted the love scripture from I Corinthians in this intimate ceremony.
Directly behind the bride and groom was a 2013 C6 Corvette. Nearby was a white 1953 ’Vette, one of a handful left from the first year that “America’s sports car” was manufactured.
It was the perfect environment for these newlyweds, joined together by Timberlake in the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome as museum staff members looked on and tourists browsed through the display of Corvettes smashed in the 2014 sinkhole incident.
Being surrounded by vintage sports cars instead of stained glass windows and church pews might make this wedding out of the ordinary, maybe even one of a kind.
“We’ve had weddings in the club room and in the conference room, but I don’t remember one in the Skydome,” said Katie Ellison, who has been the museum’s marketing and communications manager for nine years.
It seemed normal enough for the Greens, who made the 12-hour drive – in a Corvette, of course – to get married in the only venue that seemed appropriate for a couple whose love for each other might only be matched by the groom’s lifelong infatuation with the cars that are assembled in Bowling Green.
“I’m probably one of the biggest Corvette enthusiasts ever, and I have been since I was a child,” said Mike Green, who sports a Corvette tattoo on the underside of his right arm and who has owned six Corvettes.
The 40-year-old was making his fifth pilgrimage to the museum, and it was easily the most memorable.
“It’s a unique thing, and it expresses our personalities,” he said. “I think I’m blessed to have a gal crazy enough to do this.”
Amy Green explained that her new husband joked about having the wedding at the museum, and she took him seriously.
“We wanted to elope, and we talked about what venue to go to,” she said. “He jokingly said, ‘How about the Corvette museum?’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He looked totally shocked and excited at the same time.”
The couple met seven years ago when their sons from their first marriages were playing baseball together. Amy Green soon came to appreciate Mike Green’s humor and share his love for one of the fastest things on four wheels.
“He’s the funniest, sweetest man I’ve ever known,” Amy Green said of her new husband. “He knows more about cars than anybody I’ve ever known.”
The bride is already learning to share her husband’s passion.
“She has fallen in love with Corvettes,” Mike Green said. “She seems to enjoy it. We’ve taken several road trips in my Corvettes.”
Mike Green, a partner in the Access2Mobility company that modifies vehicles for people with disabilities, prepared to take his bride on another road trip Monday. The couple was headed to Lexington to spend a few nights in The Kentucky Castle in Versailles before heading for a joyride on the twisting “Tail of the Dragon” road in the North Carolina mountains.
The first part of their excursion went smoothly, thanks to cooperation from the National Corvette Museum. Mike Green said he paid for the Corvette Experience, taking some fast laps around the NCM Motorsports Park track, and was able to have the wedding among the classic cars on display in the Skydome. His two business partners in Access2Mobility and their wives, along with museum staff, were the only guests as the Greens became husband and wife.
“We’re a little older, so we didn’t want to spend a fortune on a wedding,” he said. “The folks at the Corvette museum have been awesome.”
While this was a first for him, museum Facility Rental Associate Gavin Knies accommodated the Greens and their unique wedding wishes.
“We helped make their dreams come true in a sense,” Knies said. “I’m glad we were able to make it happen for them.”