Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Bluegrass Wedding

Rhonda Vincent taking the happy couple's picture

All eyes were on Linda Lookadoo, a behind-the-scenes player of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, who took center stage Saturday evening in a simple white dress and a crown of flowers in her hair.

And for the first time in the 30-year history of the festival, it wasn't about the music.

Linda, a behind-the-scenes promoter and lover of all things bluegrass, stood before the crowd as they waited to hear only two words - "I do."

The entire bluegrass community paused to watch Linda marry the festival's emcee, Hank Janney.

And then came the music.

Their love story is the stuff of bluegrass ballads - two people who were fine on their own, until they found each other and realized what had been missing.


Linda Lookadoo and Hank Janney first met seven years ago at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Their love of bluegrass led them to center stage for their wedding ceremony at Saturday's festival. (Evening Sun Photo by Doug Bauman)a tent next to the stage just before the ceremony, the wedding was all the bluegrass bands and fans could talk about.
"Hank always says nice things about us on the radio, so I don't know how much Linda will be able to trust him," joked Ron Thomason, a member of Dry Branch Fire Squad.

Jeff Michael, of Big Country Bluegrass band, has known Hank for 15 years and also spoke of the pending nuptials with a laugh.

"I didn't think he'd ever settle down," he said. "We didn't think anyone would ever want him."

But that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Hank and Linda met at a May bluegrass festival seven years ago, Read more.

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