Paul and Mia's Wedding
Gail, Scotty and Paul
On May 11, 2006, the day after the Ponderosa Stomp, Paul and Mia were
married in a small intimate ceremony at the Juliet suite of the Peabody
Hotel in Memphis. Scotty stood in as the best man and Gail was the maid
of honor. Ashley Kingman, his girl Mary, Liam Grundy, Jimmy Russell, Bucky Barrett, Peter Miller and myself attended. Paul Ansell is
the singer of Scotty’s British band whenever he tours in Europe.
We were all introduced to Mia for the first time last summer in
August when Scotty performed in Stockholm,
London. Earlier this year Paul and Mia became engaged and decided to
get married in Memphis when they came over to perform at the
"Do You Paul take Mia?" "Yup!"
Paul places the ring on Mia
Mia places the ring on Paul
Since a child Paul was always a big fan of Elvis and Scotty and like
many was influenced in his decision to become a performer. He regularly
performs and tours in Europe with his own band “Number Nine”. Mia is
from Germany and shares his enthusiasm. She even located and purchased
him an Isana guitar identical to the one Elvis owned while stationed in
Germany. Strangely enough it had been sitting in a used guitar shop for
years not far from Bad Nauheim where Elvis lived (the proprietor had
kept it thinking it may have actually been Elvis’ until he read about
the one described here on Scotty’s site).
You may now kiss the bride
After the ceremony Scotty removed his tie and presented it as a
wedding gift to Paul. It was a tie he had purchased years ago in Memphis
with his initials on it while he was still performing with Elvis. Paul
couldn’t have been more thrilled. We stood around for awhile snapping
pictures, making toasts and sipping champagne but soon it was time for
Scotty, Gail, Liam and Jimmy to drive back to Nashville. Bucky drove on
to Mississippi to visit with his mother for Mother’s day while Paul had
a surprise for the rest of us.
Peter, Bucky, Mia, Paul, Mary, Ashley, Scotty, Gail, Liam and Jimmy
Almost in honor of Elvis’ appetite for “Krystal” hamburgers, Paul
hired a horse and carriage to take us all on a ride up Union Ave and the
streets of Memphis for burgers and fries at Krystal’s. What a cool idea. It was kind of kooky in a way but lots of fun and definitely something
we’ll remember forever. On the ride back the driver serenaded the bride
and groom with his version of “Walking in Memphis” (nice touch).
Instead of the traditional tossing of the bouquet, the horse gets to eat
Back at the hotel we sipped more champagne and talked awhile before
wishing the couple well and saying goodbye. They were heading to Hawaii
and several days on Friday and then back to LA before heading home. The
night before, my friend Peter and I had bid on a jacket made for Scotty
by an artist which was an item auctioned as a fund raiser at the Stomp.
My friend Hal Lansky of
Lansky Brothers, located in the lobby of the
Peabody, was kind enough to give us a zippered bag embossed with their
logo. It made the gift looked grander than it was (Thanks Hal). The
jacket fit Paul perfectly and it went well with the tie.
Congratulations Paul and Mia. Thank you for letting us all be a part
James V. Roy