Garth Puckerin a.k.a "The Joking Sniper"
and Reiko Kato a.k.a "Pinkreirei", added
a new chapter to the realm of The8knights yesterday,
April 27, 2009.
For the first time in years, I had the honor of witnessing
a victory that went way beyond the heights of heaven
itself. The moment, frozen in time with 320 pictures,
was one for the ages.
It all started two weeks ago when Garth gave me an
official invitation to arguably the most important
day in his life. Before accepting, I had to make sure
it wasn't just a mere misunderstanding on my part
or a confusion of words on his, so to be absolutely
certain, I repeated the request to him. I think my
exact words were, "me, come to your wedding,
HELL FREAKING YEAH". Something like that.
Now unknowing to them, as always at this point, I
had formulated a plan. I needed to see for myself
what the Sniper and the Widow had in common and to
do this, I knew I would have to infiltrate their personal
domain. So when the perfect opportunity arrived, which
just happened to be the weekend before the occasion,
I made a request to both to stay with them for a while.
Well, actually it was suppose to be for just one night
but it ended up being the entire weekend.
During my stay at the now Puckerin residence my observation
of the couple was that of a fairy tale. Being around
Garth and Reiko reminded me why the values of love
and companionship are so very important. Even when
they disagree on things, they always seem to find
some common ground on which to formulate a compromise.
They were, and still are in a very unique way, a special
The Wedding Ceremony
I haven't been to many ceremonies however, compared
to the few, this in all aspects was definitely one
of the best yet.
The exchanging of vows was so powerful that I had
to focus extremely hard on holding back the tears.
Yes boys and girls, the captain of The8knights was
a softy. Just think, here before my very own eyes
were two people whom, in a short time had become a
very intricate part of my world. They had given freely
of themselves and asked for nothing in return. The
friendship they offered was so sincere, that to understand
it, you would have to be a knight.
These amazing people, were in my presence, pledging
to love, honor, protect and respect each other for
the rest of their natural lives. Their promise was
to always be there, to always listen and to always
be in each other's corner. Now If that did not warrant
tears then I don't know what would. Seeing that in
its entirety was definitely greater than anything
I had ever experienced before. They, in one bold move,
had given a new meaning to the word team.
Dinner in Italy
The reception that followed was no less unique. The
Puckerins and company decided to dine in Little Italy
located in the midst of China Town New York. Believe
it or not, we actually walked to the restaurant. Why,
well, we just had the wedding of a lifetime, the weather
was great and I still had over 150 more photos to
take. Crazy huh?
Now when we started out to Italy, we really had no
idea which restaurant we would stop at. However, as
fate would have it, on our journey we came upon a
common friend and he in turn directed us towards some
As the evening went on and the newlyweds ate, laughed
and kissed, I did what I was destined to do, point
When it was finally over, reflections of the past
along with this current event kept playing back through
my mind. I could not believe that two of my very own
friends (from The8knights team) had taken this wonderful
step. They had created the ultimate team, they had
pledged their lives to the ultimate end, they on this
night who were one and two, had changed their lives
by just saying, I do.
I love Them both.
Written By: Vincent