WTMJ sports radio host Doug Russell moonlights as a marrier.
For the record, what are your legally binding marrying credentials?
It was the First Nation Church, but I changed denominations to the Universal Life Church. Because the First Nation Church, it was a five-year license, and the Universal Life Church, it doesn’t expire. And they give you a fancy license and everything.
Why do couples seek you out?
That’s a good question. I have done weddings for close friends, and it’s always an honor. Now, if you’re a radio listener, why would you want laughy, jokey boy on the radio doing your wedding? And yet, the bride has to sign off, and she does. I’m still baffled as to why.
Do you sprinkle the ceremony with sports references?
No, unless it’s been asked. I did one wedding, and per the bride’s instructions, everybody wore a Brewers jersey. So I’ve got a 1982 throwback Robin Yount. I asked if they wanted me to wear it while performing the ceremony. Yep. OK. It’s what the bride wants. The first rule any wedding officiant has is, it’s not about you, it’s about them.
What’s the most memorable ceremony you’ve performed?
For someone I didn’t know, a wedding I did before an Admirals game. I don’t know how to skate, but the bride wanted me on skates. Whatever the bride wants. One of the ice girls who scoops up the snow led me out there. I’m just thinking, don’t fall, don’t fall, don’t fall. They only gave me three minutes to do it. Longest three minutes of my life.
Your dream marrying venue?
Lambeau. Halftime of a Packers game. Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn. Then I can say that I married Olivia Munn.