British Columbia Couple Exchange Wedding Vows With Flying Spaghetti Monster Church

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The Christina Lake couple married church leader Dread Pirate Higgs to cheers from ‘R’Amen. Bring it back. R’Amen’

A Christina Lake couple dressed in pirate outfits, tricorns and swords have become the first in British Columbia to wed under the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (CFSM).

Dani Magnussen and Jaromir Pavlat took their vows Sept. 19 before Dread Pirate Higgs, also known as Gary Smith, the provincial church leader.

Smith was locked in a dispute with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) over permission to wear a pirate hat for his driver’s license photo. ICBC has repeatedly refused his requests.

Also a provincially licensed marriage commissioner, Smith opened the ceremony with a single prayer.

“Our Noodly Lord Who Art in a Colander,” Smith addressed those gathered for the event.

“Al dente be your noodles. I bless your rum. You sauce be yum. With meat as with vegetables. Give us today our garlic bread, and forgive us our insults as we forgive those who insult us… For yours are the noodles and the sauces and the grog always and forever. Bring it back. Bring it back. R’Amen.

With that, the Pavlat addressed those gathered for the garden event.

“I love you darling, it’s true. And I don’t want to spend my life with anyone else.

To which the Magnussens replied, “I couldn’t love anyone anymore.”

Smith called on witnesses to raise any objections to the wedding and asked the couple to make their solemn declarations and a more traditional exchange of vows as legally married pirates.

Witnesses – some in pirate gear, others in spaghetti monster hats and one in a sombrero – draped cooked noodles over the couple’s joined hands. The couple then ate the spaghetti and kissed.

Smith pulled out a flask and the couple drank cups of grog.

“I present to you Dani and Jaromir, pirates forever,” Smith said.

“Arrr, arr, arr” came pirate noises of crowd approval.

Magnussen, from Thunder Bay, Ont., told Glacier Media the couple met online while playing video games. Pavlat comes from a bit further afield – Vienna, Austria.

“He immigrated here to be with me,” Magnussen said, noting that the wedding may be the church’s first in Canada. “I have to marry the man of my dreams.”

The newlyweds are members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which holds regular services in Grand Forks, about 20 miles west of Christina Lake.

“We don’t like organized religions,” Pavlat said. “So having a new religion that makes fun of other religions…we got married.”

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