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When it comes to weddings, couples can draw inspiration from anywhere. For many, certain religious and cultural traditions provide a roadmap. Some take their cues from literature and media. Sometimes a story arc from a romantic comedy or drama provides ideas for a theme, attire, and even a proposal. This was the case with Marylander John Lush, who was inspired by an episode of the American sitcom “The Office” to propose to his girlfriend Susan Hedrick.

Popping the Question

The popular sitcom featured the main characters Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley, portrayed by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. One of the enduring story arcs from “The Office” included these characters who started out as buddies, fell in love, dated, and eventually married. Lush got down on one knee and proposed to Hedrick in the rain outside of a store in Charles County, recreating the scene from the show. Hedrick responded affirmatively (and happily), and the couple made plans to marry in the near future.

Introducing John Krasinski

John Krasinski is an actor, filmmaker, and ordained minister through the Universal Life Church. He initially got his start in show business as an intern scriptwriter for a talk show hosted by fellow ULC minister Conan O’Brien called “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” His breakthrough came when he appeared in the American remake of the British series “The Office,” portraying intelligent but fun-loving paper salesman Jim Halpert. Krasinski would go on to appear in other works and begin directing and producing other media, earning four Primetime Emmy nominations and two Screen Actor Guild awards.

In March 2020, during the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, Krasinski launched a web series called “Some Good News” on YouTube. According to him, it was a news show committed to sharing good news only. It was based on an idea he had conceived in 2013. Krasinski hosted the show within his home. “Some Good News” featured clips of positive news and chats with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and several of Krasinski’s castmates from “The Office.”  Lush and Hedrick submitted a video of their proposal side-by-side with the scene that inspired it, hoping to spread some joy and invite Krasinski and Fischer to their nuptials.

Producers of “Some Good News” reached out to Lush and Hedrick to see if they would share their story on the show. To the couple’s great surprise, Krasinski logged onto the virtual meeting and agreed to come if they would get married right then and there. Unbeknown to the couple, the actor had gotten ordained with the ULC and asked their families and friends to participate in the surprise virtual wedding. Krasinski even got Jenna Fischer to be an honorary maid of honor, while he served as an honorary best man in addition to performing the wedding. Because Hedrick’s father was unable to walk her down the aisle, Krasinski recruited country recording artist Zac Brown to serenade the couple with his song “The Man Who Loves You the Most.” The wedding guests included the couple’s family and friends, as well as several of Krasinski’s co-stars from “The Office.”

Helping Other Engaged Couples

When it comes to ordination, there are all kinds of motivations out there. One of the requirements for marriage in the United States is that couples can only be married by a judge of any court or an ordained minister or member of the clergy. The Universal Life Church provides a free and easy path to ordination for anyone, even television and film stars. Couples who are LGBTQ+ or want to tie the knot in a unique or unusual ceremony may not be able to find a judge or clergy able or willing to marry them.  

You don’t have to be John Krasinski or “Jim Halpert” to serve engaged couples. Visit the Universal Life Church today to learn more about ordination. A lifetime of love is waiting, and you’re the perfect person to help usher a happy couple forward.

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