If you think your wedding rocked, think again!
On May 17, 2018, Sarah Jo Willey and Dan Marcotte of Bakersfield Vermont became one in the most epic way; by putting on an 80's glam rock concert at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont.
Willey and Marcotte grew up down the road from one another. Marcotte is noted as having been the local “bad boy, racing cars up and down Main Street and getting into a bit of trouble. Perhaps that's what intrigued Willey so much.
In an interview with Tara Madison, Willey stated, "Although they never said this, I always joke that my parents would think, 'you can date anyone you want, except that guy!'"
Marcotte is four years Willey's senior, and attended a different high school but they reconnected in 1999 when a mutual friend started a band that they both joined. The chemistry was undeniable.
In 2001, Willey and Marcotte welcomed a son, Will.
Willey owns Creative Muse Floral Design and teaches Business Leadership at Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. Marcotte owns Dan Marcotte AirShows and is an A&P mechanic at the Franklin County State Airport. Thousand of people are entertained each year with Marcotte's in-air performance over the Burlington waterfront every July 3rd just before the huge fireworks display
Together they formed their band, Afterburn, in November 2017, specifically for their wedding event. It reunited them with their friend, Ben Weed. The three of them were core members of the band Silverback, founded in 1999. With Erik Kilburn on drums, Brian Wiggins on Keys, Jesse Agan on lead vocals and guitar, and Sarah Brooks, Carol Ann Jones, and Rosie Newton on back up vocal, the Afterburn project was complete.
According to the marriage announcement, "Four hundred friends and family members packed the venue in their best 80's attire and rocked out to favorite hits from Foreigner, Journey, Warrant, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, and more."
The nuptials, that fielded the hashtag #whatloveis, were performed on stage, integrated as part of their rock concert. While their son Will wanted the spotlight to shine on his parents, he did take part in the ceremony by walking his mother down the aisle.
Maybe this story will entice you to move away from the conventional wedding ceremony, but rather put on a show that will certainly go down in history.