Operation: Matrimony

Operation: Matrimony
Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

Going to the chapel, or in this case the FOB stationed in the Home Depot parking lot, and we’re gonna get married.

After wrapping up work orders for the day in Lyons, Colorado, TR strike teams worked collectively on a surprise mission – Operation: Matrimony. After dating for nearly four years, volunteers Vanessa Valentine and Ryan Creel decided to seal the deal on September 25 among their mud-covered comrades after clearing out flooded basements in nearby communities.

Team Rubicon’s tips for executing a successful wedding while on deployment: 

  1. Make good use of limited resources. Spice up any seating arrangement with florescent orange 10-gallon buckets.Download_IMG_8375
  2. Gather proper foliage if possible. In this case, roses and baby’s breath courtesy of Home Depot.2013.09.25_WTF_KOTACK_0351_social
  3. Designate TR volunteer to obtain marriage officiant credentials.2013.09.25_WTF_KOTACK_0400_social
  4. Utilize equipment on site to frame your aisle. A dozen pointed-tip digging shovels should do.2013.09.25_WTF_KOTACK_0407_social
  5. Identify the proper carving tool to cut your cake with elegance.2013.09.25_WTF_KOTACK_0455_social
  6. Optional: invite local media to share the ceremony with viewers (Click below  to watch the full story from Fox 31).Wedding News Screenshot

Congrats, Vanessa and Ryan!