The comedian weds his love of nine years in a non-traditional ceremony
Not surprisingly, Dave Coulier and Melissa Bring’s nuptials were full of laughter.
From a pig roast the night before their July 2 ceremony (“That’s what they do here in Montana!” says Coulier) to Bob Saget’s wedding toast (make that three toasts), the couple and their closest friends and family enjoyed a love and laughter-filled wedding week.
Bring “did everything for the wedding,” says the groom, 54, whose best man was his son Luc, 23, from his previous marriage. “She had gift bags that she handmade and put in everybody’s room, she did all the activity pamphlets our house was set up like a command post for several months.”
The low-key couple exchanged rings – his a non-traditional black titanium band and hers from XIV Karats – at O’Hair Ranch Lodge in Paradise Valley, keeping their ceremony very short.
“It was probably six minutes” long, says Coulier, who wore grey khaki pants, a white button-down shirt and white Converse sneakers. “Everybody was like, ‘That was the best wedding ceremony ever!’ We wanted to make it really brief so we could spend more time with our family and friends.”
They also stayed away from traditional wedding vows. “We say our vows daily to each other,” says Bring, who stunned in a custom backless Katie May wedding gown.
“She looked stunning I saw her beforehand and I asked her, ‘Am I allowed to be seeing you right now? And she said ‘Yeah, let’s have a beer!’ ” says her groom with a laugh.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests (just over 100) loaded up on local eats catered by Melissa O’Hair – but not before the Full House men snuck a few moments for themselves.
“Bob [Saget] and John [Stamos] pulled me aside after the ceremony,” says Coulier. “We laughed and we hugged and we kissed each other like three brothers do there were genuine tears of joy welling up in our eyes.”
Loading up on bison sliders, cowboy caviar and local Montana cheeses, the couple’s friends and family sipped on local Montana-brewed beers, whiskeys and bourbons and helped themselves at Bring’s homemade candy bar.
Bring’s maid of honor was her childhood best friend Jessi Konley, whose mother made the wedding cake. “She did a chocolate with caramel and salt filling and also did a white cake with raspberry reduction,” says Bring. “It was a six-tiered cake and there wasn’t much left!”
And of course, a Full House wedding wouldn’t be complete without speeches from Coulier’s second family.
“Saget was like a bull behind the gates at the rodeo,” Coulier says. “He couldn’t wait to get to that microphone he actually went up three different times.” Says Bring: “It was like the scene out of Bridesmaids. No one could say enough good things.”
Eventually, Saget was joined at the mic by Stamos, who “actually teared up at one point,” says Coulier. “He said that me and Melissa were an inspiration and he hopes everyone can be as lucky as us, then Candace [Cameron Bure] and Andrea Barber both joined them.”
Dancing until 2:30 in the morning, Coulier and Bring soaked up every last minute of their big day.
“When I first met her, I said, ‘Look, I don’t think I’m marriage material,’ ” says the comedian. “She never [pressured me] and I guess it made me want to [propose] even more. When you get somebody who’s so understanding, you think, ‘Boy, why am I not marrying this person?’ It’s great when you can marry your best friend there’s an amazing trust there.”
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