The Universal Life Church World Headquarters announce Paul McCartney, an ordained minister for the Universal Life Church while performing on stage in Phoenix, Arizona stopped the concert when he saw a sign being held up saying "You're Ordained - We're Engaged - Please Marry Us Tonight." McCartney called up the young couple on stage and proceeded to marry them.
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The priest who marries Adam Kowal and Andrea Copado this October has a hard act to follow. One of the biggest acts ever. Beatles big!
"I still can't believe it," said Adam, 30. He lives in Phoenix but grew up in Brookfield and graduated in 2002 from Brookfield Central High School. The Arizona State grad is a design engineer at Honeywell Aerospace.
"As soon as we came home, there were already a couple YouTube videos up there. I would have sworn it was all a dream if we didn't have all this evidence," he said.
Andrea, 29, was born 15 years after the Beatles broke up, but she grew up listening to their music in Indiana. She is a huge fan of Paul, and when Adam told her they had sixth-row seats for his concert, she immediately began plotting a way to meet him.
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It worked. Late in the show, Paul looked their way. "He kind of smirked," Adam said. "That was us perceiving him as reading our sign."
The next thing they knew, ushers were leading them backstage. The crew kept telling Andrea to breathe, and then they sent the couple out to meet Paul in front of the crowd of 15,000 people at the US Airways Center.
"I'm not actually ordained," Paul told everyone.
"I read online you were," Andrea said.
Rather than a quick "I do," the star-struck bride told Paul how fantastic the singer is and how she loves him.
Of all people, Paul would know this was veering away from the lyrics of a good love song. "Yeah," he said, "but you love Adam more, right?"
Andrea started to say, "That's debatable," but then said yes instead.
Paul pressed on. "OK, Adam, do you take this lovely woman to be your married wife? Do you?"
"Yes, absolutely," came his answer.
Paul then declared them man and wife and told Adam he could kiss the bride. He quickly added, "I'm not sure if this is going to stand up in a court of law."
Andrea then stepped back to the microphone, told Paul this was the coolest moment of her life, and invited him to their wedding party on Oct. 11 at the Chicago Mart Plaza. The couple plans to set a place for him and send a proper invitation in the mail.
The kiss was on the cheek, right? "It was almost mouth," Andrea told me. "I will claim that. Paul McCartney kissed me half on the mouth. It was corner to corner, and that to me was the coolest thing."
Later that night, Adam called his dad, Jeff, who lives in Oconomowoc.
"He called me at 3:30 in the morning. When you see on the phone that it's your kid, you think this can't be good, that early in the morning," Jeff said. "For him it's just memories of a lifetime. This is something they'll tell their kids and grandkids about, and by then they'll think, 'Who's that?'"
Maybe not. Beatles, alive and dead, have shown pretty strong staying power.
Reporters contacted the couple, and the story has appeared all over the country and in England and India. YouTube videos show the ceremony from different angles.
Adam and Andrea are still amazed, and I don't mean maybe. They're hanging tight to the stunning moment even as it becomes a memory. They will frame the poster that led them to Paul.
"He's the kind of icon that's in the history books and all the historical videos," Adam said. "And we actually met him."
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