Hi everybody, welcome to the wedding ceremony podcast. We talk about anything and everything that has to do with wedding ceremonies. This is episode number 322, recorded on Tuesday, July the sixth 2021. My name is Clint Hufft. And with me is a gentleman that I'm not sure he realized it was already July, the one and only JP Reynolds.
JP Reynolds 0:23
Is that a yowza Hello or I knew it was July yowza?
Where's the time gone?
JP is an accomplished author. His books are in the Amazon store and in the Kindle store in Amazon. He is a communications expert. thebusinessofconfidence.com is that website, his wedding website is JPRweddings.com. Mine is ReverendClint.com or ClintHufft.com, for all of the things that I do. JP, in the last episode, remember, I told you that I got a ceremony at the last second. And I was going to do somebody else's ceremony. Remember that?
Okay. Well, that happened. And it was lovely. And the couple was lovely. And it all worked out great. But I came away realizing that I love drugs for dogs.
JP Reynolds 1:29
Okay, if someone had offered me a million dollars, and said, guess what Clint was gonna say? I I'd be a man without a million dollars right now. I did not see that coming.
And truth be told the minute that I realized what was happening. I said to myself, JP, I've got a good one. Okay, so here's the deal. This couple had a little dog. We’re of a certain generation. Remember the movie Benji? Can you picture a dog when I say Benji?
JP Reynolds 2:04
That’s your generation. Yeah, I don't remember that. Okay, that's fine.
Anyway, okay. Most people when I say the word, Benji, they can picture a dog. And if they're younger generation, just google Benji, the movie, and you'll see what I'm talking about. Okay, it's that kind of dog. And cute dog. Very cute dog. And normally, well, let's just say this particular dog was fired up. And, from the moment that I walked into the space, and it was a beautiful space, there was an upstairs and a downstairs, almost like, because it's in a canyon, It's almost like a cabin. It had that feel to it. The ceremony was outside on this wonderful deck. And okay, so this dog is barking at everything, not attacking anybody just agitated. Kind of hyped up. And, the first thing when I get a moment with a couple I said, and we talked about this when we zoomed when I first met them, I said Plan B, and they Yeah, we have that, we have my brother and if the dog is barking a lot, he's going to take them away. I said, Great. And I think that that's what's going to happen because this dog doesn't really calm down. Anytime somebody walks into the space, into the prep area, or I guess it was essentially the bridal suite, but it really was the whole upper floor. The dog is barking just barking barking, barking, barking, barking. And so in my head, I'm thinking this dog is going to be lucky if it even makes it anywhere close to the ceremony because it's just going to keep barking.
Then when it's time to start, and everybody is going downstairs except for the bride and groom. There was no wedding party. So last second prep and that kind of stuff. And the dog is there. And there was somebody else in this area. And she calls for her friend and said, Okay, let's do it now, not knowing what that means.
The friend brought over these two little packets almost like oh, fast food condiments. And what are these? Drugs for the dog. I saw really well. And right in front of me. All he did was he opened up the packet, like pealed it all the way back. And inside was this little brown kind of, like a condiment consistency. Yeah. And I said, Have you tried this before? Yeah, we did it last night. I said how’d it go? She said, well. It really kind of mellow him out a little bit.
They brought two of Those. I don't know what the actual portion is supposed to be for the dog, but they had two of them. And the dog smelled it, liked it and licked it all up. They opened up a second one, same thing, the dog consumes all of the paste, so to speak. And I'm thinking, this is awesome. Because I have no idea what's about to happen. I just don't know, I don't know, if the dog is just gonna all of a sudden go to sleep. I have no idea.
Here's the key thing. They wanted the dog to be the ring bearer.
Ah, no. We had already talked about the real rings. No, no, no, no, of course not. I immediately gave strong suggestions. You don't want to put the real rings on the dog. Because when I zoomed with them, they said, yeah, we were thinking of putting like a little pouch. And I said, Well, here's the thing. And I just kind of said, it could go south in a hurry.
What you want to do with your dog, obviously, you love the dog, the dog is kind of like your child, I get it. And you want to tell the story of how important the dog is, by having the dog present the rings. I said, that's great, you can tell that story, let the dog come up the aisle, tell that story. Let me have the rings. And they thought that was a good idea. Which of course in my mind made them better than a lot of couples, they were thinking rationally. Okay, great.
And so they had the person who was holding the dog, managing the dog. First of all, when the ceremony started, he was in the back row, holding the dog, the dog didn't make a sound. And I only thought of it for just a half a second. And then I went on with my business and was distracted with the actual doing of the ceremony, then it was time for the rings. And I said we have a special ring bearer. And the guy put the dog down in the back of the aisle and then the couple calls for the dog, the dog comes up the aisle, comes right to them, doesn't jump up, just happy to see them. They say great. And then the dog just, cuz it's a big deck, right? So the dog just kind of wanders off to look over the edge of the deck. And I just said to the guests, I said, “and this is the traditional ring bearer walk”. And everybody laughed. And then he just kind of lay down. He didn't go to sleep. He was just there hanging out.
JP Reynolds 7:26
Who had the rings, the best man?
No, me. There was no best man. Oh, yeah, there was no best man. I said Who would you like to present the rings? Or would you like me to hold them? And they just said, Well, why don't you just hold them? Okay, great. I know that you like to have somebody present the rings. I just kind of went with whatever I thought was going to be the most functional considering that it was such a last second deal.
JP Reynolds 7:51
Oh, that's fine Clint, that you did what you wanted to do.
Well, thank you, JP. I needed that validation. Thank you very much. So, that's when I became a huge devotee of drugs for dogs. Because it worked out.
JP Reynolds 8:12
Oh, okay. So you know, I think you might at this point in time, have some idea of how my mind works. So my mind is in such overdrive right now. I can't even begin to respond to this story. This is like candy to a diabetic. I’m going into a coma here. This is such a great plot line for a Hallmark movie, where, the drugs are accidentally left left on the table. And the mother in law or the father in law thinks they're candy, or breath mints. And takes them. I never heard of this. I love it. And I think most of the people in the wedding party should be doing drugs before it starts. Absolutely. I love this idea. I love this idea. I was not allowed to have pets growing up. I am sure I've said that before and so I'm not comfortable around active animals of any kind. And I just love I think it's pre eminently sensible.
So you would be the person. You know the story that a typical plot line in a movie where if a burglar wants to get into a house but the house has a dog that the burglar will throw over a piece of meat that's been laced with some kind of tranquilizer, right? You would be the person that would pass out the the laced candies to the wedding party.
JP Reynolds 10:06
Anything to go viral.
Oh, my goodness.
JP Reynolds 10:15
That's why I always say to folks, they'll say to me, Oh, you've seen everything. And I'll just say as you do, I'm sure. I have seen a lot. But I have not seen it all.
My response is, Well, apparently not. Because every podcast, we've got something to talk about.
The other thing that was interesting was, while I was waiting, once take care of your business, then you're just kind of hanging out. So it was a little bit warm outside. So air conditioning is one of the greatest gifts that somebody has ever given to humanity. And I'm in the what was going to be the dance room with the tables and that kind of stuff. And just hanging out, but that also was where they brought the cake. And the mother of the bride was the event planner.
So the cake is brought in, not by the bakery, people. It came all the way from Orange County. Those of you not familiar with Southern California, that's like 50 miles away. Wow. And they entrusted some regular person to drive the cake up. Oh, right. And fortunately, the only thing that went awry was the cake, just rubbed a little bit against the side of the box. And so there was one little part that all you have to do is turn the cake around to the back. But anyway, they were going to put the cake on slices of wood. So imagine slices of a tree, like, what do they call those? Like, if you were take a log, and slice it like slicing a salami, right? So you have slices of a tree with the bark on the outside, you get what I'm talking about? Yeah, they had three of those stacked on top of each other. Not secured. I saw them, they could slide on top of each other. That's what they put the cake on. And, the bride and groom are in the room when the cake is placed on what is essentially the cake platform. And I said to the groom, just be mindful that when you go to slice the cake, it could slide around. So just be really firm with one hand and hold it in place. Because as you can see those discs, they're not slippery, but then again, they're not sticky. And so and I just thought that was assembled by somebody who's never dealt with a wedding cake before. You know what I mean? Right? Right. Because that whole mantra of what could possibly go wrong. I'm telling you, we that we should give those t shirts away for free.
JP Reynolds 13:12
Oh, no. No, no, it's not for free. Nothing's for free.
No, not not in our in our curio shop.
JP Reynolds 13:25
Oh, I love it. I love it. Well, speaking of the curio shop,
JP Reynolds 13:34
Clint as you know, the curio shop is closing down.
Yes, it is.
And so this is very difficult to say, to talk about, however, talk about it we must.
When you and I sat in the corner of that hotel down in Orange County, I just remember it was a roll off into the corner by ourselves. Talking and throwing ideas around about how we could collaborate, we both came up with this idea of the podcast and it was really in the tradition of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. You can be Mickey, I'll be Judy. It was Hey gang. Let's throw on a play in the barn.
I had no idea what to expect and what was going to happen and I really did not anticipate that We would be talking for as long as we have. And that our conversations would be as wonderful and as rich and as wackadoo as they have proven to be over these many years.
However, as the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end. And I am at a juncture in my life right now where I need to devote more focus time to other endeavors and undertakings and commitments.
And so for those of you who are listening, what I am saying on behalf of Clint and myself is that this month of July is going to be our last month for the wedding ceremony podcast as you have known it. And I'll just pause for a moment, you can jump in.
Well, yeah, you and I talked about this a couple of weeks ago, and I've been going over and over in my mind, what should happen next? I've handled from the very beginning, I've handled all the technical responsibilities. And, we've had guests on, certain weeks where you had other things that you had to take care of, and I've made the decision that when we get to the final episode, it will be the final episode, and we'll kind of put a little bow on the wedding ceremony podcast.
And it wasn't that difficult of a decision to make. And there were obviously a lot of options available to me. And in terms of how would I proceed? What would I do? But quite honestly, and I've thought this from the very beginning. There's just nothing that can replicate what you and I have. I’m me, you're you. You're definitely you.
You’re definitely you.
I am, however, dot dot dot. And so, I just think that, we go out on top, so to speak, and, that's just the way it's gonna work.
So as of right now, we have three more episodes remaining. And I guess now would be the appropriate time to welcome everybody to our website, where you can click on the “email us” button. And if there's any episode, or anything that we've talked about, over the last 321 episodes, that really stick in your mind, and you would like us to revisit that as a way to pay, I don't know, homage seems like a bit stuffed shirt for us. But anyway, if there's anything that you would like us to celebrate in regards to something that really stuck with you, as a listener of the wedding ceremony podcast, we would really love to hear from you. Go to weddingceremonypodcast.com and click on the “email us” button, I check it every single day. You've been great to us as an audience and we love the back and forth and everything that has transpired. So yeah, we expect to have a big party in three weeks. JP.
JP Reynolds 19:06
Wait, what did you say? Oh, what can I say? Yes, yes. Great. All right.
I mean, in the meantime, the business goes on and we have more stories to tell. I guarantee.
JP Reynolds 19:27
More weddings to officiate.
Yeah, that's right. This is not the end of our stories. So we have a lot to look forward to. Alright, that's it for this episode. We invite you to share the Word. Obviously on our website. We also have all of our episodes archived right there. They're chronological, the most recent one is at the top, spread the word let everybody know. And the thing that I like about it, JP is that we have created content that is evergreen. Just because we're going to stop recording doesn't mean the podcast is going anywhere. All of our episodes are going to live there as long as the apple podcast store is around, which I think is going to be a really long time. So you can also subscribe if you go to the Apple podcast store and look up wedding ceremony podcast, you can subscribe. Now I realize that after three weeks, we're not going to be posting new episodes, but at least you'll have all of the content available to you. And you can listen in any sequence you want. And I'm going to keep our email up and I'll continue to check it every now and then. We also want to thank the incredible musicians that have played our theme music from the very very beginning, the dacapoplayers.com. That's it for this episode of the wedding ceremony podcast. This is Clint and on behalf of JP We will see you next time.