Couple marries for 81st time
August 12, 2004
Some may say Guinness world record holders Lauren and David Blair have found the perpetual honeymoon.
The Nashville, Tenn., couple got hitched for the 81st time Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe on their quest to seal the record with 100 weddings.
The Blairs are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for “most marriage vows reaffirmed by the same couple” – 66.
“The first time I saw her, it was love at first sight. I said: ‘That’s the woman I’m going to marry,'” David, 51, said.
For the last one, they plan to call the White House to have it performed in the Oval Office since “Bush is pro marriage,” he said.
“He loves honeymoons,” Lauren, 53, said of her repeated husband.
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With her connections in the music industry and his love of the performing arts as a lighting technician, the couple has a penchant for Hard Rock Cafes. But they’ve never found their way to Harveys Casino Resort at Stateline – until now.
They’ve been married in 10 of the Hard Rock Cafes since their first wedding 20 years ago outside in Topanga Canyon, a community near Malibu.
They plan to tie the knot today in Reno to mark 82 weddings.
“We’ve been married on every day of the week,” he said before the Hard Rock wedding.
“Except the 16th and 23rd,” she piped in.
The Blairs have also covered the planet with their goal, traveling to Aruba, Canada, Scotland and England. While in London, the cheeseburger and margarita lovers endured the lack of meat during the height of the Mad Cow disease.
“We knew we could get a burger at the Hard Rock,” she said.
Elvis’ Graceland home turned out to be the shortest wedding and the most expensive. They paid $495 for two minutes.
The Blairs estimated they’ve spent about $50,000 on their wedding trips.
“Most of our vacations are planned around weddings,” he said.
“We’ll tell people we’re celebrating our anniversary, and they’ll say: ‘Which one?'” she said.
The duo decided to go for the record after their fourth wedding. At the time the record was 23.
“I said: ‘We can do this,'” David said.
The rest is history.
“This is perfect,” she said, as the couple scurried near Paul McCartney’s guitar hanging over the fireplace in the corner. They set two margaritas down on the table.
Lauren said that after the first wedding they’ve passed on having receptions. Instead, the tradition includes the Tequila-laced drink.
J.B. McIntyre, who performed the wedding, told the couple that marriage is a gift and an expression of their inner love. Reggae blared over the speakers of the restaurant.
Witnesses included Jamie Thompson, a Sacramento man the couple just met in the bar.
“And no tux required,” he joked before the ceremony.
Lauren nabbed a Hard Rock worker, Kellie MacPherson, to stand in for her.
On the ring exchange, they held the symbols of their love given to each other during their first wedding.
After a quick congratulations from the small assembled group, David leaned over to his bride to acknowledge “The Who” playing over the speakers. They’re huge fans.
– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org