Reported By Holly Klemm
John and Kim Ritter hosted a wedding reception Saturday night at Ken Crimmin’s Silo. The theme for the party was Fire and Ice. The Houston Artcar Klub was invited. Of course if you give the artcar folks any opportunity to create fun costumes and give them a theme it has to be great. And it was a really memorable party.
The Wedding Party
The Silo is just the most incredible place to hold any event. Mix together elements of artcar museum, road warrior and Burning Man, put them into an old mill with cement walls and no roof and you see why the Silo is really unique. The Fire and Ice party theme also added to the evening’s ambiance.
A chainsaw buzzed loudly as an artist cut away at two blocks of ice, leaving two glowing cowboy boots. There were two photo opportunities - a fire breathing frame and an ice covered one. Paul McRae was on hand to take photos at the ice frame. Nichole Strine’s costume was lighting up the night with hundreds of lights. Kristy Odom had a fabulously colorful Mexican dress all lit up, to go with her “Day of The Dead” artcar. And Larry Klemm, who likes to work his Elvis costume into every event, was “Flaming Elvis.”
A Flaming Wedding Cake
The newlyweds, Perry and Elyse had gotten married and had a reception the night before at the OddFellows Hall. Many of the Houston artcar artists are Oddfellows (insert joke here), including the father of the groom John Ritter. This party was a chance for the Ritter family to celebrate with all of their friends in their own special style - surrounded by color, lights, fire and of course, music. Even the wedding cake was special. It was topped with a miniature replica of Perry’s artcar, complete with flames!
Kim and John in Love
You probably know the Ritter family from their cars. John has the beautiful, illuminated Peace Expedition car and Perry is known for the Kia Pet and the Fiat Spider car. Kim’s first car was the Piecemobile, a car covered in sewing notions. Sadly, Kim reported that the Piecemobile was a destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008.
The highlight of the night was definitely the firecracker hats show. What are firecracker hats? Check your friend’s Flicker photos ‘cause you have to see them to believe them! Shelley Buschur, Ben Gibson, Sean Ham, Terry Brooks, Shannon Abernathy, Joe Hayden and Kenny Browning created the firecracker hat show. Yes, they made crazy hats, put firecrackers and bottle rockets all over them and basically lit their heads on fire. The sound, lights and colors were really wild! The bottle rockets shot up about 20 feet in the air. Add to that the excitement of waiting for one of them to catch fire and you have a real show!
Firecracker Hats add Excitement to the Party
Congratulations again to the bride and groom Perry and Elyse Ritter. We think you have gotten off to a good start!
Photo of wedding party courtesy of Daybreak Studios used by permission.
All other photos courtesy of Paul McRae used by permission.
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