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Wedding is a scream

November 01, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

The bride's dress was black, so the plastic spiders she accessorized with blended right in.

The groom was Dracula for a day and wore black, too.

This was a Halloween wedding at the Washington County Courthouse.

When Scott Kunkle, 36, promised to take Pam Woolford as his "awful wedded wife," his mother, Connie, playfully punched him in the back. The spectators who were crowded into a tiny room inside an office labeled "Civil Files" burst into laughter.

Kunkle corrected himself. Chief Deputy Circuit Clerk Rick Hemphill pronounced them husband and wife. The newlyweds kissed.

The new Pam Kunkle, 42, the bride, said Halloween might be her favorite holiday.

"It's the time of year you can be what you want to be," she said. "You can be as silly as you want to be."

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So, Halloween it was for the wedding of Pam and Scott, who had been dating for a few years.

Pam said her mother made her black satin dress, including the lace and spider webs.

Scott wore a black cape over a white shirt with puffed sleeves and a black vest.

"I didn't think a church would marry us," Pam said, with a laugh.

"I'll never forget my anniversary," Scott joked.

Pam remembered how the couple met at Hub Labels, north of Hagerstown, where he's a printer and she's in the accounting department. Pam had been separated from her first husband for about six months. She was uncertain about her life.

Then, she figured, "If I have goals, I have to go after them and not wait for things to happen," she recalled Friday.

Pam called Scott at home. Some friends were going to see a band perform and she wondered if he'd keep her company. He said he'd meet her at the show. She offered to pick him up at home instead. The relationship progressed from there.

For now, the couple is living with Scott's mother in Hagerstown. They're waiting for their new house in Warfordsburg, Pa., to be finished.

About 20 people watched Friday's five-minute wedding ceremony.

"C'mon, c'mon," Hemphill urged family members and friends as they squeezed into the room. "Like Jell-o, there's always room."

The crowd included Pam's mother, Scott's mother, Pam's sister and Scott's brothers, as well as Pam's granddaughter and two of her three children - Jeremy, 22, and Jennifer, 20. Her son Wesley, 23, is serving with the U.S. Army in Germany.

Hemphill explained that marriage is not to be entered lightly, then he went directly to the vows and the exchange of rings.

The couple is putting off a honeymoon until next year. Co-workers chipped in to buy them a few nights at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The only other exciting wedding celebration planned, they said, is a KISS concert in Washington in three weeks.

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