Joanne and William Boulander, two Walmart employees, decided to get married at the place where their love first blossomed. Standing in front of a flower display, near the Coinstar machine, the couple was pronounced husband and wife by a Walmart assistant manager.
The bride went against tradition and wore a black dress and a black cardigan, while the groom wore a white shirt, tie and boutonnière. Though they initially intended to get married at the local courthouse, they ultimately decided to tie the knot in the Walmart store after the personnel manager suggested they use the Berlin, Vermont location as wedding venue.
Berlin, founded in 1736, is a town in Washington County, Vermont. In 2010, the population was 2,887. Between Barre and Montpelier, the two largest cities in the region, Berlin hosts much of the region's commercial business. The city is home to the Edward F. Knapp State Airport and the Montpelier Junction train station. The Walmart is located in the Berlin Mall. Also, the current governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, was born in Berlin.
At first, the couple was going to have a quiet ceremony in the employee break-room area with assistant manager Todd Soble, a minister, officiating. But at the last minute, the couple decided that the fresh flower display made for a more attractive background than the staff vending machines.
“We’re gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, the joining of two hearts, and to give recognition to the worth and the beauty of your love,” Soble said at the start of the wedding, which was captured on video. Meanwhile, in the background, a woman asked “Who says you can’t get everything at Walmart?”
The couple say they decided to get married at work because “it was fast, it was easy, it was convenient,” though they admit that they didn’t expect the story to go viral. Joanne has worked at Walmart for about three years, while William has been there just over a year. Since the event was posted on the store’s Facebook page last week, thousands of people have viewed the wedding video.
“Join our winning team here in Berlin and maybe you’ll find your soulmate too!” the Walmart post said. It is unclear if the couple was registered at Walmart for gifts, though we expect they will use their employee discount to decorate their new home.